I once got the idea I could build a nuke by collecting the scrapings off luminous watch dials...but after doing some calculation with the help of one of the physics teachers, we found we'd run short of watches very quickly, even if we used every watch, clock and glow in the dark Phantom ring on earth.
However I read on the web a few years back about a US student who tried to build his own atomic reactor using the same principle, but with more advanced "breeder" technology. He eventually had a garbage can sized gizmo that was rported to the police, resulting in an entire block being evacuated while the decontamination squad moved in.
I wish I could get my hands on the instruction manual...
C. Gold wrote:
Ok, well, I'm a girl and I tried making a pipe bomb with my boyfriend (now hubby). There's a reason you can't get gunpowder as a minor! Our special blend wasn't 'special' enough so that was a fizz. Bummer! :P
I didn't say that boys had a lock on dumb behavior. Although I notice that a boyfriend was involved. Hmmmm....
There's a reason you can't get gunpowder as a minor!
Unless you grew up in Europe with an unexploded WWII shell here and there on the forest floor. The boy who became my husband was very fond of studying these, and so he lost hearing in one ear at the age of 14. Which ear? It's always the one next to me. Amazing case of shifting deafness...
C. Gold wrote:
Hah, you should see what the kboards authors have looked up. I've looked up poisons and acids... gotta find fun ways to kill people (in books, of course!).
I used to belong to several criminology groups. I don't write 'crime fiction' or 'true crime' but there were authors who did. (I was only there because of some inane need to understand serial killers.)
We did a lot of online research, and often discussed who might be watching our keyword searches.