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i heard that if you put bathroom cleaners (tub and shower cleaners, countertop cleaners, ECT.) and aluminum foil in a bottle and let the mixture sit the bottle will explode. is this true
The first killing agent employed by the German military was chlorine. German chemical companies BASF, Hoechst and Bayer (which formed the IG Farben conglomerate in 1925) had been producing chlorine as a by-product of their dye manufacturing. In cooperation with Fritz Haber of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry in Berlin, they began developing methods of discharging chlorine gas against enemy trenches.
Quote from: Nic_525 on 09/08/2007 01:49:45i heard that if you put bathroom cleaners (tub and shower cleaners, countertop cleaners, ECT.) and aluminum foil in a bottle and let the mixture sit the bottle will explode. is this trueMixing bathroom cleaners can result in the production of chlorine gasQuoteThe first killing agent employed by the German military was chlorine. German chemical companies BASF, Hoechst and Bayer (which formed the IG Farben conglomerate in 1925) had been producing chlorine as a by-product of their dye manufacturing. In cooperation with Fritz Haber of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry in Berlin, they began developing methods of discharging chlorine gas against enemy trenches.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_gas_in_World_War_I
i would try this myself but i don't want to destroy my yard theres no place where i can do an experiment in an controlled environment
I blew myself and my bedroom up making hydrogen from aluminium foil and caustic soda in a chemistry set glass conical flask gas production apparatus.It was producing hydrogen much better than zinc and HCl going through a water trap.I decided to light the end of the exit tube and next thing I knew was that my ears were ringing and the room was covered in bits of glass and caustic soda.Amazingly, non of it went in my eyes. (in those days, we did not use safety glasses)
Oops sorry Nic.Anyway, have you ever tried making Nitroglycerine? Quite easy really.
Ascanio Sobrero (October 12, 1812 – May 26, 1888), was the Italian chemist, born in Casale Monferrato, who discovered nitroglycerin in 1847 while working under Théophile-Jules Pelouze at the University of Torino, who had worked with the explosive material guncotton.He studied medicine in Turino and Paris and than chemistry at the University of Gießen with Justus Liebig, being awarded with the phd in 1832. In 1845 he became professor at the University of TorinoHe initially called his discovery "pyroglycerin", and warned vigorously against its use in his private letters and in a journal article, stating that it was extremely dangerous and impossible to handle.
As said from a documentary about Alfred Nobel, aired on the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel, the explosion was caused by Alfred's nitro-glycerine.
Sorry Nic, better not tell you anymore 'cos its upsetting people.Anyway, there are loads of "how to" sites if you really want to know.Chemistry used to be fun but its too serious now.
Like I said, Chemistry used to be fun. Our Grammar school Chemistry teacher inspired us to enjoy science by doing wacky stuff and even he blew the school lab up several times.The real thing teaches you to be careful better than any book.I still have all my fingers and eyes because of that.Never lose your curiosity Nic but lets be careful out there.
Apart from our slightly bonkers Chemistry teacher, I had no advice about safety from anyone.My dad worked at a place where he knew people who worked in the R and D labs and they freely gave him him materials and equipment to encourage his young son in Chemistry . I had the best chemistry set in the country!I am not saying that young people should pursue a "Jackass" approach to being blown up to see what it feels like.I learnt by my mistakes and developed a special sense of when what I was doing was dangerous which I could not have achieved by books.It has stood me in good stead in laboratory jobs and in my own present business of electronic design. Electricity hurts and components can explode.I don't want young people to get hurt but I am also not a fan of the nanny state where kids are frightened of and protected from everything.The best teacher is experience, pain and personal achievement.Most great discoveries were by someone saying "I wonder what would happen if......" , not lets just repeat what is in the book.Just a quick note about safety, one of my more nerdy,less cool hobbies was stamp collecting and the standard technique for seeing watermarks was immersing the stamp in benzene. Benzene fumes have now been found to be extremely carcinogenic so actually stamp collecting has turned out to be pretty dangerous and I might die of cancer in later life! Blowing myself up with my chemistry set looks pretty safe compared to that.As for getting hold of nitrate based materials, farms are a good and easy source. Never seemed to be much of a problem for the IRA.Various industrial processes use strong acids so thats no problem either..Anyway, if I were a techno-terrorist I would go the nerve gas or biological route.Plague, anthrax or ebola make explosions look amateur.And with virtually all our fighting forces committed abroad,(some say the government should be committed instead) we are defenceless. Sorry, getting a bit cynical in my old age.
Quote from: i am bored on 09/08/2007 01:49:45i heard that if you put bathroom cleaners (tub and shower cleaners, countertop cleaners, ECT.) and aluminum foil in a bottle and let the mixture sit the bottle will explode. is this trueI know foil and draino will explode!
get draino or caustic soda (NaOH) and mix it with aluminum balls and water in a bottle, put on the lid shake it and stand back.