Cheron: I was twelve or thirteen when I found a DIY pyrotechnics book my father had. It was cool but where would a kid in the 1970s get potassium nitrate and other chemicals. My father was a high school science teacher and just brought me home 1 kg containers. He helped me make a calcium carbide canon out of 2-inch pipe stock. For years I made my own fireworks. I remember coming home from college and seeing a dead spot in the lawn. I realized that was where I did my testing.Kids now days never make their own fireworks.
phaseolus: Speaking of radios...[Fark user image image 723x386]
Sliding Carp: Trying to hide the earphone cord of the transistor radio you were using to listen to the World Series in elementary school.
gunsmack: You had to type in a few thousand lines of BASIC or whatever, only to find out you had a type in line 20 after it failed to run and you spent 4hrs proofreading.
mike_d85: Probably light guns for video games. There were only a handful of games that used the technology, but it worked pretty well and peaked in the 90's with games like Virtua Cop. I think you can still find arcade cabinets with it, but I don't think any of the modern consoles use the tech./Super Nintendo had a goddamn bazooka.
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