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2014-06-16 12:46:55 AM  
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2014-06-16 01:03:19 AM  
If it were just a bullet, all that would happen is a hot bullet. If it was a cartridge though, that is another story.
 
2014-06-16 01:15:58 AM  
You'll shoot your eye out, kid
 
2014-06-16 01:58:42 AM  
Ah, to be young again.

Anyone worth knowing has a story or two like this one. Sometimes more. For me, it was a CO2 cannister and a nail. Luckily I was smart enough to use safety glasses. Never did find that nail.
 
2014-06-16 02:03:27 AM  

doglover: Ah, to be young again.

Anyone worth knowing has a story or two like this one. Sometimes more. For me, it was a CO2 cannister and a nail. Luckily I was smart enough to use safety glasses. Never did find that nail.


Empty CO2 cartridges and gunpowder

/with cardboard fins glued on the cartridges
//fortunately the shrapnel missed
///or perhaps unfortunately, depending on your point of view
 
2014-06-16 02:03:27 AM  

doglover: Ah, to be young again.

Anyone worth knowing has a story or two like this one. Sometimes more. For me, it was a CO2 cannister and a nail. Luckily I was smart enough to use safety glasses. Never did find that nail.


I was 12 years old, and my friend and I decided to break some piccolo Pete's and light the gunpowder. There was a big flash, and my hand got burned pretty good. I am lucky that it wasn't a more serious burn.
 
2014-06-16 02:09:18 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: doglover: Ah, to be young again.

Anyone worth knowing has a story or two like this one. Sometimes more. For me, it was a CO2 cannister and a nail. Luckily I was smart enough to use safety glasses. Never did find that nail.

Empty CO2 cartridges and gunpowder

/with cardboard fins glued on the cartridges
//fortunately the shrapnel missed
///or perhaps unfortunately, depending on your point of view


One of my junior high friends had a brass knob on his bedpost. One day, he filled it full of black powder and set it off in the woods with a nice long fuse. I wasn't there, but the shrapnel was about an inch long piece of brass twisted up like bowtie pasta.

I personally never got into bombs, honestly. But I made up for it by proxy.
 
2014-06-16 03:16:06 AM  
Hell, we had a dump when I was a kid and found some old WW2 .50 cal shells like this


www.nebraskaaircrash.com

....and threw them in a fire then ran like hell and hid behind some gravel dunes and waited for them to go off.  We're lucky we didn't get killed.  Yeah, kids are dumb like that.
 
2014-06-16 03:23:21 AM  
When I was about 12 I had a habit of breaking open model rocket engines, crushing the fuel into a powder, packing it into containers and detonating it with the rocket igniters. When that ended up being a smaller boom than I wanted, I graduated to cutting open lots of firecrackers and combining them into one large one. I know now of course that the model rocket fuel isn't really a very good explosive due to burn rates. But I'm still lucky I never hurt myself.
 
2014-06-16 03:23:36 AM  
I passed a dull afternoon once using a can of  charcoal lighter and a small grill type cooker. I imagined I was fire bombing some shiathole by repeatedly spraying the fuel into the grill. My lack of scarring indicates I was lucky,
 
2014-06-16 03:24:51 AM  
Oh yeah, well Oppenheimer et al. didn't know if Trinity would inite the atmosphere and kill all terrestrial life on Earth, but they detonated the gadget anyway "just to see what would happen". You callin' nuclear scientists idiots of the year, subby?! Huh, are ya?!

/threw a .30-06 cartridge in a fire and it ended up nearly killing a rooster
//juvenile IotY '91
 
2014-06-16 03:28:32 AM  
Well, now he knows.
 
2014-06-16 03:29:00 AM  

Bigdogdaddy: Hell, we had a dump when I was a kid and found some old WW2 .50 cal shells like this


[www.nebraskaaircrash.com image 555x285]

....and threw them in a fire then ran like hell and hid behind some gravel dunes and waited for them to go off.  We're lucky we didn't get killed.  Yeah, kids are dumb like that.


Not really...when bullets go off outside of a chamber there's nothing to direct the energy, and if you're standing more than a few dozen feet away you're unlikely to be injured even if the shrapnel finds its way to you.  It makes a loud boom but doesn't really travel all that fast.
 
2014-06-16 03:30:24 AM  
At least when I was a dumb kid, we were smart enough to use fuses or timers.
 
2014-06-16 03:35:35 AM  
...you know, if you put a bullet in the furnace it reflects on your parents.

/obscure?
 
2014-06-16 03:45:24 AM  
It fixes the cable?
 
2014-06-16 04:07:07 AM  

dolphkhan: At least when I was a dumb kid, we were smart enough to use fuses or timers.


Or remote ignition switches.  My claim to fame there was an Estes model rocket that was almost 2 feet tall that I filled with gunpowder.  Oops.  Fortunately, my friend and I noticed that it didn't make it far off the lauch pad before we RAN!!!!  and the second stage ignitor fired ;)
 
2014-06-16 04:10:48 AM  
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Classic 1950s Kiddy Games #143
 
2014-06-16 04:12:51 AM  

Bigdogdaddy: Hell, we had a dump when I was a kid and found some old WW2 .50 cal shells like this


[www.nebraskaaircrash.com image 555x285]

....and threw them in a fire then ran like hell and hid behind some gravel dunes and waited for them to go off.  We're lucky we didn't get killed.  Yeah, kids are dumb like that.


Technically, without confinement you're just going to get the relatively small blast in the powder charge, which is likely to hurt you but likely won't injure you severely unless some shrapnel hits you in the eye or your hand is wrapped around the cartridge at the time.

This kid was extra-dumb to hold onto the thing and extra-unlucky to take a bit in the eye, otherwise he'd just have a fun story for his mates that his parents wouldn't find out about until after he moved out of the house and was safely married across a state line or two.

// I probably farked around with ammo less than most kids because I decided I was going to be a chemist early on and was making real explosives and silly shiat like Hydrogen popper balloons instead.  It's amazing that I managed to graduate once I got in a school with an actual chemical cabinet, probably only managed it because the chem teacher's response was to laugh and teach us the thermite formula to one-up us.

// My grandfather wins the "I was a stupid kid" story contest by him and his buddies deciding to play cowboys and indians by constructing actual bows and launching sharpened sticks at each other, which I think is the dumbest idea I've ever heard in my life.
 
2014-06-16 04:14:12 AM  

tjassen: ...you know, if you put a bullet in the furnace it reflects on your parents.

/obscure?


No, it explodes.

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2014-06-16 04:17:16 AM  
Set a gas soaked bonfire ablaze on a beach, got scared at how big it was getting, afraid we'd get busted, so I tried to stomp it out. With my feet. Sneakers with no socks. Not only did my vans catch on fire, but burnt embers went down the sides of my shoes, and I had like 8 dime-sized burns on each foot. Somehow escaped both serious injury and arrest, but those shoes were a loss. Told my folks I lost them on the beach, said the burns were blisters from new shoes.

12 is a stupid, stupid time in a kid's life, I'm just glad I survived it.
 
2014-06-16 04:29:34 AM  
Eh, some kids have to learn the hard way. I was one. I set off a .270 shell, had it sitting on a rock and was beating it with a hammer. Not really sure why I was doing that, but I sure remember the perfect cartridge-shaped bruise on my inner forearm. Another time I broke open a Roman candle, had the powder in a little pile, and used a magnifying glass to ignite it. Lost my eyelashes, eyebrows, peach fuzz, didn't even realize my hair was on fire until a spot burned down to the scalp. When I learned that holding a paperclip with pliers, and heating the other end of the clip red-hot, magnetized the pliers, I was doing that to my multi-tool, and dropped the clip, branding my knee. It was a fun childhood.
 
2014-06-16 04:37:31 AM  
Lol .22 comments... So fitting!!
 
2014-06-16 04:39:51 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: doglover: Ah, to be young again.

Anyone worth knowing has a story or two like this one. Sometimes more. For me, it was a CO2 cannister and a nail. Luckily I was smart enough to use safety glasses. Never did find that nail.

Empty CO2 cartridges and gunpowder

/with cardboard fins glued on the cartridges
//fortunately the shrapnel missed
///or perhaps unfortunately, depending on your point of view


Oh yeah. We called these crater makers. They were fun in an incredibly stupid I'm so lucky I didn't blow my hands off kind of way. One of my favorites with these was to use waterproof fuse and tie one to a balloon by a couple feet of string. Then let the balloon float in a pool so the crater maker is suspended in the water and not touching the bottom.

No shrapnel, the noise is reduced, but you can really feel the shockwave  through the concrete of the poolside. I imagine if it were touching or close to the bottom, it would probably crack the pool's concrete.

Man... some of the stuff we played with when we were kids would almost certainly get us branded "terrorists" nowadays.
 
2014-06-16 04:52:08 AM  
I never did anything like this, because my dad did.  He snuck home some chemicals from his high school lab & blew up a tree in his back yard, leaving behind only a stump.  The rest of the tree had flown into his house.

He advised me early on that if I ever tried anything like this he would snuff the life out of me.
 
2014-06-16 05:09:30 AM  
Charcoal, sulpher, saltpeter.
 
2014-06-16 05:22:54 AM  

tjassen: ...you know, if you put a bullet in the furnace it reflects on your parents.

/obscure?


I didn't put the damn bullet in the furnace, and stop talkin' about my mother!

/Hofstra came out of the locker room . . . I had never seen guys so big in my entire life . . .
//You don't watch yourself, I'll shout again.  Matter of fact, you give me your dough.
 
2014-06-16 05:25:34 AM  
Dumbest thing me and my friends ever did was buying a bunch of bear scares/M80s rigging up a timed electronic ignition(I liked to work with electronics so I actually knew how to build reliable one when I was 14) to set 10 off at once in this open parking area under a bank on a hill. We did this on Halloween so we made sure to be in costume because we knew exactly what was going to happen. We got to my house 2 blocks away before it went off, it sounded like a straight up bomb going off  at the bank and caused multiple cops to show up and lots of parents to go up to the bank to see wtf just happened. Me and my friends were so farking glad there are almost no street lights on my street so it was too dark to see where we went on the cameras because we underestimated how much louder it would be with the echoing of the parking area. Apparently the boom was heard several Km away.
 
2014-06-16 05:42:28 AM  

doglover: Ah, to be young again.

Anyone worth knowing has a story or two like this one. Sometimes more. For me, it was a CO2 cannister and a nail. Luckily I was smart enough to use safety glasses. Never did find that nail.


That's why you put the nail in a cork and the cork in a tube.

Aim the tube, drop the CO2 canister in, and FWOOSH.
 
2014-06-16 05:43:48 AM  
NI3, one step synthesis with a higher brissance than TNT or nitroglycerin plus it is detonated by touch which was with an unwound and straightened wire hanger. I made a piece the size of my fingertip and my ears rang for hours afterwards. It's one of those things you only do once.
 
2014-06-16 05:47:14 AM  

Mister Peejay: doglover: Ah, to be young again.

Anyone worth knowing has a story or two like this one. Sometimes more. For me, it was a CO2 cannister and a nail. Luckily I was smart enough to use safety glasses. Never did find that nail.

That's why you put the nail in a cork and the cork in a tube.

Aim the tube, drop the CO2 canister in, and FWOOSH.


Where was I gonna get a tube without a driver's license?

I grew up in suburbia, woods adjacent. It would have easier for me to make a full sized catapult complete with clay muitions from things just lying around than anything with a tube. But we had nails out the wazoo.
 
2014-06-16 05:50:56 AM  

Badafuco: Charcoal, sulpher, saltpeter.


Yeah, bought saltpeter from an old-time pharmacy. The pharmacist knew, said just be careful, and don't use metal for grinding and mixing...

"Graduated" to confectioner's sugar and oxidizer pellets for the "Solid-Ox" torch. Luck does not begin to describe it. Never got caught, but I imagine that these days the investigation would involve several TLA's.
 
2014-06-16 06:04:59 AM  
Coleman lantern fuel is not a viable substitute for charcoal lighting fluid.
 
2014-06-16 06:07:57 AM  

Yaw String: Coleman lantern fuel is not a viable substitute for charcoal lighting fluid.


You mean white gas?

It most certainly is. You just have to y'know... know what's going on.
 
2014-06-16 06:11:03 AM  

GungFu: [www.thegoodatheist.net image 500x470]

Classic 1950s Kiddy Games #143


I'm not ashamed to say i've done that and actually remember some of it.  The KAPOW and flash and then apparently I went unconscious for a little bit and when I came to, my mother was PISSED - I blew all the fuses not to mention the black scoring on the wall and on the silverware.

I have a healthy respect for electricity now.
 
2014-06-16 06:14:44 AM  
doglover:

Where was I gonna get a tube without a driver's license?

I grew up in suburbia, woods adjacent. It would have easier for me to make a full sized catapult complete with clay muitions from things just lying around than anything with a tube. But we had nails out the wazoo.


So did I.  Get a tube at the hardware store.  Or find something in the woods that might work.  (I think that is what my friend did, the tube looked like it was sawn off of a piece of 50's era furniture)

Heck, we were building forts and stuff out of scavenged materials.  Stuff would go missing from the scrap piles where houses were being built.  What stuff?  Anything we could carry while riding our bikes...  Fun times.

The best thing was when they were remodeling this building that used to be a racquetball court or something, I have no idea.  But there was this small mountain of inch-thick Formica painted in some really barfulous purple color.  Formica makes an awesome building material when you're ten.
 
2014-06-16 06:31:55 AM  
Large nut, two bolts and a roll of caps. Put caps in nut, thread in two bolts, tighten them the throw up in the air in a parking lot. Just don't over tighten and have it go off in your hands. I did once, last time I did it.
 
2014-06-16 06:43:37 AM  

Unobtanium: Badafuco: Charcoal, sulpher, saltpeter.

Yeah, bought saltpeter from an old-time pharmacy. The pharmacist knew, said just be careful, and don't use metal for grinding and mixing...



for me it was KNO3 from the chem lab.  And yes, today SWAT teams would swoop in and kill your neighbor's dog while arresting you.
 
2014-06-16 06:55:07 AM  
Ah, we have a budding young scientist! Those TV commercials are working. Someday - you'll work for HIM
 
2014-06-16 06:56:27 AM  
We got hold of Abby Hoffman's Anarchist's Cookbook, about how to make bombs. We pooled our allowances, rode our bikes to a hardware store, and bought a 12" section of 3" water pipe, threaded at both ends, and two end caps. We were all snickering and paid for it with a pile of change, and the guy never raised an eyebrow. Then we spent days filing pineapple serrations in it so it would fragment. Drilled a hole for a fuze, which we ordered out of the back of a comic book. One kid's dad was a big muzzleloader shooter, and we took black powder from each of his cans, hoping he wouldn't notice.

Got it all assembled and epoxied together (screwing the end caps on is the dangerous part, BTW) and then no one was brave enough to light it. We got the bright idea to hang it from a tree, build a fire, and give it a swing. We figured that by the time it stopped swinging and hung in the fire and the fuze lit, we'd all be a long ways away. It didn't occur to any of us that the fuze might light on the first swing, or that it might light at the bottom instead of the top.

The kid holding the bomb counted to three and gave it a mighty swing, and we all started running. The next thing I knew, there was a tremendous flash/bang, and I was face down in the wet leaves with my ears ringing. I rolled over and sat up and looked around, and there was a ring of dazed kids doing the same thing. The fire was completely gone, there were thousands of leaves showering down, and there was a mushroom cloud of smoke rising that looked like a nuclear explosion. No one got hurt, but we were all deaf for a couple days, and I think it did permanent hearing damage to me.

We were looking at the chunks taken out of a couple trees when the cops arrived. We jumped on our bikes and they chased us. I rode mine into a big culvert that led to an apartment complex's drainage pond. When I popped out at the pond, some woman on an apartment balcony started pointing at me and yelling "There he is!" to the police. I made it to the woods and got away, and so did everyone else.
 
2014-06-16 07:03:10 AM  

Oblio13: We got hold of Abby Hoffman's Anarchist's Cookbook, about how to make bombs. We pooled our allowances, rode our bikes to a hardware store, and bought a 12" section of 3" water pipe, threaded at both ends, and two end caps. We were all snickering and paid for it with a pile of change, and the guy never raised an eyebrow. Then we spent days filing pineapple serrations in it so it would fragment. Drilled a hole for a fuze, which we ordered out of the back of a comic book. One kid's dad was a big muzzleloader shooter, and we took black powder from each of his cans, hoping he wouldn't notice.

Got it all assembled and epoxied together (screwing the end caps on is the dangerous part, BTW) and then no one was brave enough to light it. We got the bright idea to hang it from a tree, build a fire, and give it a swing. We figured that by the time it stopped swinging and hung in the fire and the fuze lit, we'd all be a long ways away. It didn't occur to any of us that the fuze might light on the first swing, or that it might light at the bottom instead of the top.

The kid holding the bomb counted to three and gave it a mighty swing, and we all started running. The next thing I knew, there was a tremendous flash/bang, and I was face down in the wet leaves with my ears ringing. I rolled over and sat up and looked around, and there was a ring of dazed kids doing the same thing. The fire was completely gone, there were thousands of leaves showering down, and there was a mushroom cloud of smoke rising that looked like a nuclear explosion. No one got hurt, but we were all deaf for a couple days, and I think it did permanent hearing damage to me.

We were looking at the chunks taken out of a couple trees when the cops arrived. We jumped on our bikes and they chased us. I rode mine into a big culvert that led to an apartment complex's drainage pond. When I popped out at the pond, some woman on an apartment balcony started pointing at me and yelling "There he is!" to the police. I made ...


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2014-06-16 07:14:37 AM  

Badafuco: Charcoal, sulpher, saltpeter.


Always good to remember... You never know when you might need to mix some up to fight a Gorn!

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2014-06-16 07:18:37 AM  
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*gasoline sold separately
 
2014-06-16 07:27:44 AM  
I tried to set a dixie cup full of olive oil on fire when i was 10.

soooo lame.
 
2014-06-16 07:27:52 AM  

RobSeace: Badafuco: Charcoal, sulpher, saltpeter.

Always good to remember... You never know when you might need to mix some up to fight a Gorn!

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2014-06-16 07:36:55 AM  

Kalashinator: Oh yeah, well Oppenheimer et al. didn't know if Trinity would inite the atmosphere and kill all terrestrial life on Earth, but they detonated the gadget anyway "just to see what would happen". You callin' nuclear scientists idiots of the year, subby?! Huh, are ya?!

/threw a .30-06 cartridge in a fire and it ended up nearly killing a rooster
//juvenile IotY '91


Yes, they did. They knew that wouldn't happen.

My brother and I made pipe bombs using gunpowder from firecrackers, but we were pretty careful about it. Buddies of mine, though, filled a five-gallon glass jug with gasoline, put a rag fuse in it, lit it, and dropped it off an interstate overpass. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the ensuing mayhem. Teenage boys are a menace.
 
2014-06-16 07:42:54 AM  
Should set up a college fund for this kid.  Like many have said, 12 years old is a dangerous time for young men.  This kid performed an experiment that many of his peers would have given the resources and opportunity.

He will forever serve as the warning to all other youth to find a different way to do stupid stuff.  And that is a very important role in society.
 
2014-06-16 07:44:31 AM  

mamoru: MaudlinMutantMollusk: doglover: Ah, to be young again.

Anyone worth knowing has a story or two like this one. Sometimes more. For me, it was a CO2 cannister and a nail. Luckily I was smart enough to use safety glasses. Never did find that nail.

Empty CO2 cartridges and gunpowder

/with cardboard fins glued on the cartridges
//fortunately the shrapnel missed
///or perhaps unfortunately, depending on your point of view

Oh yeah. We called these crater makers. They were fun in an incredibly stupid I'm so lucky I didn't blow my hands off kind of way. One of my favorites with these was to use waterproof fuse and tie one to a balloon by a couple feet of string. Then let the balloon float in a pool so the crater maker is suspended in the water and not touching the bottom.

No shrapnel, the noise is reduced, but you can really feel the shockwave  through the concrete of the poolside. I imagine if it were touching or close to the bottom, it would probably crack the pool's concrete.

Man... some of the stuff we played with when we were kids would almost certainly get us branded "terrorists" nowadays.


Some kid at Georgia Tech got arrested in '05 for setting off homemade fireworks made out of dry ice and soda bottles, and of course was charged with felonies.
 
2014-06-16 07:47:05 AM  

doglover: Ah, to be young again.

Anyone worth knowing has a story or two like this one. Sometimes more. For me, it was a CO2 cannister and a nail. Luckily I was smart enough to use safety glasses. Never did find that nail.


I'm not going to post any of the seriously stupid things I did in my youth (especially in today's political climate). But, I attribute being alive today to taking safety seriously.

Remember, if you're going to do something stupid (and you know you are, its simply a matter of time): Safety is serious business.

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And if you can't trust Business Cat, who can you trust?
 
2014-06-16 07:52:29 AM  
So, how long before the parents sue the manufacturer of the bullets and the lighter?
 
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