Skip to comments.Ukraine: Student killed by exploding chewing gum (laced with explosive chemical)
Posted on 12/09/2009 6:36:34 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Student killed by exploding chewing gum
A student in Ukraine died after his jaw was blown off reportedly by exploding chewing gum.
Published: 11:20AM GMT 09 Dec 2009
The 25-year-old chemistry student, who has not been named by police, was working at his parents' home in Konotop when relatives heard a "loud pop". They rushed to his room and discovered his body. The lower half of his face had been seriously disfigured by the blast.
The Russian news agency Ria Novosti said forensic tests found the chewing gum was covered with an unidentified chemical substance, thought to be some type of explosive.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
“It was reported that the student used to dip chewing gum into citric acid. Police also found another substance near the body”
Am I to understand that he made his OWN exploding chewing gum?
Kind of like “Spring Surprise” or “Crunchy Frog” (Monty Python reference for non-geeks among us)
Smarmy little smile. Kabooom.
I’d imagine they know what the explosive is. Chemistry students play with these things all the time. Most are smart enough not to put it in their mouth.
Careful of the pop rocks that say SUPER on the box.
willie wonkas vision has come to light; exploding candy for your enemies. I KNEW he was a terrorist! Ya can’t dress like that and not be LOL......
Well, Oompa-Loompas, it's time to mop up another candy induced blood spray.
"Well, I told you I hadn't quite got it right, 'cause it goes a little funny when it gets to the dessert."
This is my rifle and this is my gum...
But does it lose it’s flavor on the bedpost overnight?
Watch that citric acid!!
Anecdotally, I agree with your statement 100%. I was the lab assistant to our Chemistry teacher my senior year. There weren't that many things I had to do, so it was an easy "A", and I used it to do what little homework I had.
Oftentimes, I'd do my own experiments, which were encouraged by my teacher. I do recall one experiment that went awry: I mixed something with hydrochloric acid that created a large vapor, and it disrupted his class for a couple of minutes.
"BALLS OF FIRE! What are you doing back there?" When I showed him, he laughed it off, and related a couple of his experiments that didn't go as planned.
I can’t imagine too much interesting chemistry with gum and citric acid. If he managed to confuse it with nitric acid, then a variety of unstable chemicals could be produced.
Sounds like a hoax, frankly.
Is it detonated by the saliva or by any liquid? Or just by an unfortunate level of teeth pressure?
We just told our younger boy, who had never had Pop Rocks, about the “Pop Rocks and Coca-Cola will explode inside you” urban myth (sans the myth part.) Worth a good chuckle to see him prudently saving his Pop Rocks for the rest of the afternoon. Why? Because he’d had a glass of soda earlier and told us he was not going to risk it.
So he finally got to the candy he got at Putin’s house on halloween. Bummer.
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