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Pavlov's Frog writes: I once spent 20 minutes with my eyes closed to see what it was like being blind. I smashed my knee on the kitchen cupboard, and decided I'd be better off deaf as you can still watch television.

(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 12:00)
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I once, in a fit of brilliance, decided that I'd make either some super-corrosive acid to burn through walls (and thus escape school by chucking a test-tube full at the wall just after we'd had registration), or maybe I'd make an explosive so powerful that I could just put a few drops on a paper plane and instigate blitzkrieg in the maths class. What I actually did was rip open the chemistry set I'd been bought three years earlier and mix everything in it into one beaker.

"Great!" I thought, "Explosions in Maths here we go!"

After some shaking and stirring, what I ended up with was a sludge that went from lime green to bright orange, but which mainly was the colour you'd get if you fed a vindaloo through a baby. Did it dissolve walls? no. Did it allow me to create a paper-based airforce? Did it bollocks.

It did, however, prove great at killing the big wasp that flew in the window, made straight for the weirdly coloured gunk in the beaker. Poor bugger drowned.

Then again, I did get an old 1920s chemistry set form a car boot sale that was a lot better - plenty of dangerous experiements and my own vial of mercury - brilliant! I think it lasted about an hour before my dad saw what was in it and took it off me. I then went on to do Chemistry at University - that showed him! Oh, hang on...bugger
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 12:03, Reply)

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