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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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Discovering that water does not compress
A group of mates, bored waiting at a small railway station that most trains don't stop at. To pass the time, we started to see how the trains that thundered past every few minutes would affect things left on the rails.

Pennies got nicely squashed and flattened. Blackberries* cooked and fizzled with the heat. What else can we try? Ah, an empty coke can filled with water.

Whump! Water, as I now know, does not compress, and aluminium cans are not strong. The damn thing exploded, sending shrapnel in all directions and into the leg of one unfortunate girl. She still has the scar.

An impressive sight, though.

* The fruit, not the phone - though now I've said that, I really, really want to watch a train going over a Blackberry!
(, Fri 10 Aug 2012, 15:49, 4 replies)
Did that cut an artery?
(, Fri 10 Aug 2012, 15:50, closed)

water does compress, you just have to really squish it. Dad developed a hydrolic system here in the midlands to test the compression effects of water. Your can of coke exploding is awful, they nearly blew up the side of a Scottish mountain. No account of which I can find online!
(, Fri 10 Aug 2012, 16:01, closed)
Hang on
An empty coke can, filled with water? A coke can has a bloody big hole at the top so I'm not sure what made it explode.
(, Fri 10 Aug 2012, 20:09, closed)
Mostly it was several hundred tons of train hitting it at 100kph +
Yes, there was a hole in it. But not enough time for the water to get out through it.
(, Mon 13 Aug 2012, 14:11, closed)

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