Tuesday, January 05, 2010

A Cautionary Tale

For those of us who find ourselves getting a bit carried away in our adventures with chemistry, physics, innovation, and fire. You know who you are, for you are nodding your head even as you read the following line of reasoning:

Tired and a bit bored one evening, I took a break, swigged some soda, and set the Coke can down on the pipe rack. It fell neatly into a length of exhaust pipe. This raised some intriguing possibilities. I wondered if a small acetylene explosion would launch a can from the pipe. As it happened, an acetylene set was ready to hand, and I proceeded unimpeded with my experiment.

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