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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-05-30 16:34
  Subject:   [MeFi] "Breaking big things - for science!"
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"Today's lesson is: Don't put alkali metals in water!"

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2134266654801392897

One bathtub gets out of this with only a volleyball sized hole in its side. The other one... isn't so lucky.
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McKavian
  User: mckavian
  Date: 2006-05-30 19:05 (UTC)
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Always fun to show the kiddies what to use in makeshift bombs.

I wonder if they have covered what happens when you mix MRE heaters and water in a sealed environment....
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-05-30 19:33 (UTC)
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No bomb-maker in their right mind would use alkali metals to make a bomb. Or if they did, they wouldn't live long enough to set the bomb up - the stuff is unbelievably unstable. Even contact with the moisture in the air would set their bomb off. It's about on par with making home-made nitroglycerine, which has cost many a naive Anarchist's Cookbook reader their hand or arm.
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McKavian
  User: mckavian
  Date: 2006-05-30 19:43 (UTC)
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You solved your own riddle there with 'in their right mind'.

Some people forget that just because you can do something does not mean you actually should.
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