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.
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
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.
dolphkhan: At least when I was a dumb kid, we were smart enough to use fuses or timers.
tjassen: ...you know, if you put a bullet in the furnace it reflects on your parents./obscure?
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.
Badafuco: Charcoal, sulpher, saltpeter.
Yaw String: Coleman lantern fuel is not a viable substitute for charcoal lighting fluid.
GungFu: [www.thegoodatheist.net image 500x470]Classic 1950s Kiddy Games #143
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...
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 ...
RobSeace: Badafuco: Charcoal, sulpher, saltpeter.Always good to remember... You never know when you might need to mix some up to fight a Gorn![www.blogcdn.com image 425x333]
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
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 viewOh 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.
LazyMedia: 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.
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