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  • #2
    Good News for Howard

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    • #3
      Try this at home.....and you'll get tossed in jail in 2015.

      ENDLESS
      AMUSEMENT.

      To produce Fire by the Mixture of two cold Liquids.

      Take half a pound of pure dry nitrate, in powder; put it into a retort that is quite dry; add an equal quantity of highly rectified oil of vitriol, and, distilling the mixture in a moderate sand heat, it will produce a liquor like a yellowish fume; this, when caught in a dry receiver, is Glauber's Spirits of Nitre; probably the preparation, under that name, may be obtained of the chemists, which will of course save much time and trouble.

      You then put a drachm of distilled oil of cloves, turpentine, or carraways, in a glass vessel; and if you add an equal quantity, or rather more, of the above spirit, though both are in themselves perfectly cold, yet, on mixing them together, a great flame will arise and destroy them both, leaving only a little resinous matter at the bottom.
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      • #4
        Try this at home and Nina will kick your ass.
        Someone dare me to try it....

        To so fill a Glass with Water, that it cannot be removed without spilling the whole.

        This is a mere trick, but may afford some amusement. You offer to bet any person that you will so fill a glass with water that he shall not move it off the table without spilling the whole contents. You then fill the glass, and, laying a piece of paper or thin card over the top, you dexterously turn the glass upside down on the table, and then drawing away the paper, you leave the water in the glass, with its foot upwards. It will therefore be impossible to remove the glass from the table without spilling every drop.
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        • #5
          But couldn't you hold the inverted glass firmly to the table, while a friend gradually lifts the table upside down? Then you can remove the glass from the table and though you may have some spillage, you won't spill all the water.

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          • #6
            Or if you had some kind of freeze blast equipment, freeze that water in place.

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            • #7
              Exactly. The glass will crack, but you can remove the pieces of glass from the table, and the ice will remain.

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              • #8
                We also see how to produce fire by mixing two cold liquids:

                Take half a pound of pure dry nitrate, in powder; put it into a retort that is quite dry; add an equal quantity of highly rectified oil of vitriol, and, distilling the mixture in a moderate sand heat, it will produce a liquor like a yellowish fume; this, when caught in a dry receiver, is Glauber's Spirits of Nitre; probably the preparation, under that name, may be obtained of the chemists, which will of course save much time and trouble.

                Oil of vitriol is sulfuric acid. The reaction described is similar to that used in nitration of toluene or glycerine to make TNT and nitroglycerine. I'll pass on this one too.

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