Pope Smoke Colour - How ?

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Pope Smoke Colour - How ?
« on: 19/04/2005 16:58:34 »
Hi guys

can anyone suggest how the vatican are likely to produce the black / white smoke that signals the progress of the papal election proceedings ?

Many reports suggest that "some chemicals" are added to alter the smoke colour, but what are these chemicals ?

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Re: Pope Smoke Colour - How ?
« Reply #1 on: 19/04/2005 17:43:53 »
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Re: Pope Smoke Colour - How ?
« Reply #2 on: 20/04/2005 02:16:35 »
I thought they'd use some Quantum Thaumaturgic Device of sorts, but Catholics are old-fashioned, I forgot.
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Re: Pope Smoke Colour - How ?
« Reply #3 on: 20/04/2005 08:54:52 »
Thanks Neil, but that one, also, referred to 'chemicals' without saying what they are !

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Re: Pope Smoke Colour - How ?
« Reply #4 on: 20/04/2005 12:14:27 »
I bet they chuck a tyre on the fire to get the black [;)]

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Re: Pope Smoke Colour - How ?
« Reply #5 on: 20/04/2005 18:05:08 »
You're not far off the mark - historically TARs (not tyres) were indeed used to make black smoke. For the white smoke presumably they used white rubber [;)]

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Re: Pope Smoke Colour - How ?
« Reply #6 on: 26/04/2005 14:04:13 »
I suggested conifer.

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Re: Pope Smoke Colour - How ?
« Reply #7 on: 15/10/2005 15:13:39 »
purple smoke can be made by reacting aluminium and iodine the purple smoke is vaporised iodine and i dont think its very good for you.
the only problem with that is its very hard to get iodine and its also very expensive
 

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Re: Pope Smoke Colour - How ?
« Reply #8 on: 29/10/2005 19:47:15 »
quote:
Originally posted by pyromaster222

 the only problem with that is its very hard to get iodine and its also very expensive


...and the wrong colour! [:)]