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Have you split the atom in your kitchen? Made your own fireworks? Fired a bacon rocket through your window?
We love home science experiments - tell us about your best, preferably with instructions.

Extra points for lost eyebrows / nasal hair / limbs

(, Thu 9 Aug 2012, 17:25)
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I've come too late to this QOTW!
I've come to late to qotw as I do believe many of us have done exactly the same thing. As the poster below stated, do we all know how to make bombs?

Well I don't, we I do, but should I ever decide to combine the relevant chemicals I would die.

Now I have done some stupid things. Aged 12 in my mates dads workshop we put a live cartridge in a vice and started banging it with a hammer. This didnt make the bang we were expecting so soldering a nail to the fusey bit then throwing it one another made perfect sense.

How we didnt end up blinded I dont know.

At this time we also had another game, this was late 80's early 90's we still had bottles of pop in glass bottles with metal screw caps. so we make a fire, fill the bottle with water, pop it in the fire then watch the destruction. Only we were 12, and normally significantly too close. Once again how we didn't get a shard of glass in our neck or eye I don't know.

Roll forward a few years. It was just after bonfire night and we were living in a student house. We were all merry, the perfect combination for the release of fireworks. (I have now banned myself from anything larger than a sparkler) we're on a student budget so our selection of rockets was bin basement, probably fifteen quids worth. We had a massive over grown garden, so rather than straight up we decided to angle the tubes to the end of the garden. Like I say I have now self banned. One went slightly over the end of the fence and into the road. This annoyed the local resident who called the police, they arrived faster than a parking ticket. Slapped our wrists and told us to not set off any other fireworks, 'or else'.

This allowed me to play.

In the following few days I started to take apart the fireworks. The white motor bit I used to powder up hit it with the lighter (on my desk!) and watch it just flash. I decided to get greedy. I made a huge pile, with no intention of setting it alight, but of course it did, I dont recall, how so, but it burnt all the back of my hands, but could easily have once again taken my sight.

I'm also banned from climbing trees. Self banned.
(, Fri 10 Aug 2012, 14:36, Reply)

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