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post #21 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-25-2019, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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I got tossed out of chemistry for throwing test tubes out the third-floor window onto a garbage truck. The garbage man (sanitary engineer person) went to the office to complain, then the principal called the teacher on the phone reamed him out for not watching the class. Then the teacher (not being able to take a joke) threw me out of class. All in al a memorable day.
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I made it to Black powder, blew the back gate off it's hinges, and quit with the home based chemistry thing.
In my own defense I was trying to make a rocket out of a 35mm metal film can. Hey, NASA had their fair share of launch failures too!
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An older kid up the street was into home made rockets and went to Auburn University and became an aerospace engineer later. He was taking CO2 pellet gun cylinders and packing them with zinc oxide and powdered aluminum same as is used on the space shuttle boosters.One he tied to an 8"x8"x16" cinder block thinking it would hold it down for the test fire. It didn't. It towed the block about 100' up into the air. As exciting as that sounds it was the trip back down that was really exciting trying to figure out where it was going to land.
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Kids just don't know how to have 'fun' anymore...
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Reminds me of when a good friend and I removed the necessary chemicals from the high school lab and went to the junk yard to make nitroglycerin. FortuNately we did not get the formula quite right.

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You reminded me of a visit, with a neighbour and his kids, to a farm when I was 6.
We kids found an old box of stumping powder...I remember it being all crappy looking and sparkly.
Somehow we knew what it was (watching cartoons had its value!) and left it alone.
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An older kid up the street was into home made rockets and went to Auburn University and became an aerospace engineer later. He was taking CO2 pellet gun cylinders and packing them with zinc oxide and powdered aluminum same as is used on the space shuttle boosters.One he tied to an 8"x8"x16" cinder block thinking it would hold it down for the test fire. It didn't. It towed the block about 100' up into the air. As exciting as that sounds it was the trip back down that was really exciting trying to figure out where it was going to land.
ahhh yes...
ground up Estes rocket motors and CO2 cylinders....
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and left it alone.
as kids, you guys were some real party poopers....

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The worst that I got up to at school was to put a lump of Carbide (Calcium Carbide) CaC2 into an ink well. For those who don't know, it produces Acetylene which has a fowl smell.

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as kids, you guys were some real party poopers....
make that .... dull...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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