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The Radioactive Boy Scout
http://www.qsl.net/n9zia/radio_scout ^ | KEN SILVERSTEIN

Posted on 12/29/2005 1:45:14 PM PST by Wonder Warthog

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To: Age of Reason
And all we did when we were kids was patiently use a pin to pick the gunpowder out of toy caps until we had enough to make a giant firecracker.

Guess you never got into the kitchen matches like my old friend Lefty.

51 posted on 12/30/2005 6:07:18 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Ditto
Guess you never got into the kitchen matches like my old friend Lefty.

We sure did.

And we had the good kind in those days: the kind with the white tip that you could strike against anything to light it.

I'd fire them at brick walls out of my old Daisy BB rifle to watch them ignite when they hit.

I also experimented with taping a flap of sandpaper the the barrel such that it would flop down over the muzzle and cause the match to ignite on its way out.

Instant BB tracer round.

52 posted on 12/30/2005 9:34:58 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
"I wonder if this will get me a merit badge..."

Yep.

53 posted on 12/30/2005 9:38:27 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim ("We're a meat-based society.")
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To: Ditto
One of the great things about being a kid in the 1950s was that we didn't have the fancy toys kids have now.

Back then if you wanted to have more fun, you had to become creative rather than go out and buy the latest technological marvel.

My older brother mentioned just the other day how he and his friends would play for hours and hours witht those wind-up rubberband planes they sold at the candy store--not just flying them, but testing their own modifications and repairs.

54 posted on 12/30/2005 9:39:17 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: Wonder Warthog

I hope he stays on our side!


55 posted on 12/30/2005 9:41:57 AM PST by skr ("That book [Bible], sir, is the rock on which our republic rests."--Andrew Jackson)
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To: dead

Geez, at that age, we thought we were bad smoking cigs and looking at porn.


56 posted on 12/30/2005 9:46:01 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Wonder Warthog
Reminds me of the movie The Manhattan Project.
57 posted on 12/30/2005 9:59:50 AM PST by RightWingAtheist ("Why thank you Mr.Obama, I'm proud to be a Darwinist!")
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To: RadioAstronomer
And when all else fails, just scare your neighbors with a giant Tesla coil, right Rades? ;-)

I once read a biography of Robert R. Wilson which described how he made a particle accelerator in his grandparent's attic when he was a teenager. What is it about you Wyomingers that makes you so dang precocious? :-)

58 posted on 12/30/2005 10:02:51 AM PST by RightWingAtheist ("Why thank you Mr.Obama, I'm proud to be a Darwinist!")
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To: AppyPappy

This kid is cool. He probably smokes cigarettes and has porn too.


59 posted on 12/30/2005 11:29:59 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Age of Reason
I'd fire them at brick walls out of my old Daisy BB rifle to watch them ignite when they hit.

You'll put your eye out with that. LOL

I used to take old spools from thread, staple a piece of rubber band over one side and fire kitchen matches with it. Great fun and you could hide it in your pocket if your mother came around.

Or try this. Take a whole box of kitchen matches and drop a nice heavy red brick on it. Mini gernade. Do you realize that most of the really fun stuff we did in the 50s would now, at the very least, cause a visit from the child welfare bureaucrats, while at the same time the kids they should have removed to a safer place years ago are blasting the hell out of each other with real guns over drug turf.

The 60s Great Society welfare crap coupled with the sex, drugs and rock n' roll stuff really f***ed a lot of lives and made childhood lots less fun and adventurous.

60 posted on 12/30/2005 1:51:52 PM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Ditto

Yep. Before I graduated to matches and the BB gun, I used the spool and rubber band.

And I won't tell you about the cork gun and what else we did with the gunpowder we picked from those toy caps.


61 posted on 12/30/2005 6:22:10 PM PST by Age of Reason
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To: Ditto

Except that sometimes the barrel would come off and go downrange with the cork still in it.


62 posted on 12/30/2005 6:23:27 PM PST by Age of Reason
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To: Age of Reason

And no, we didn't hold it.

We put it in a vise.


63 posted on 12/30/2005 6:24:14 PM PST by Age of Reason
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To: Wonder Warthog

I'm in awe.


64 posted on 12/30/2005 6:31:09 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2005, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: maxwell

Hey, lookit...


65 posted on 12/30/2005 6:32:51 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2005, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: Wonder Warthog
Outstanding post, an oldie but a goodie.

Cheers,

knews hound

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66 posted on 12/30/2005 6:50:56 PM PST by knews_hound (Now with two handed typing !)
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To: Cyber Liberty
After the moon-suited workers dismantled the shed, they loaded the remains into 39 sealed barrels that were trucked to the Great Salt Lake Desert. There, the remains of David's experiments were entombed with other radioactive debris.

Daggone. That must've cost a bundle...

67 posted on 01/02/2006 8:54:13 AM PST by maxwell (Well I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation...)
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To: maxwell

Yup!


68 posted on 01/02/2006 10:14:45 AM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2006, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: Wonder Warthog

Update - he’s BAAAAAAAAAAAAck

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1876253/posts


69 posted on 08/04/2007 5:16:15 AM PDT by sodpoodle ( Despair - man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption)
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To: freebilly

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1876253/posts

he’s back!


70 posted on 08/04/2007 5:16:53 AM PDT by sodpoodle ( Despair - man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption)
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To: kingu; PGalt

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1876253/posts

he’s back!


71 posted on 08/04/2007 5:17:42 AM PDT by sodpoodle ( Despair - man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption)
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To: SandRat

FYI; not sure if you want to ping your Scouting List


72 posted on 08/06/2007 11:38:23 AM PDT by fgoodwin (Fundamentalist, right-wing nut and proud father of a Star Scout!)
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To: fgoodwin
Not on this one. This kid has lost it, mentally.
73 posted on 08/06/2007 4:00:20 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Wonder Warthog; Travis McGee; Lurker
The mantle in gas lanterns, the small cloth pouch over the flame, is coated with a compound containing thorium-232. When bombarded with neutrons it produces uranium-233, which is fissionable. David bought thousands of lantern mantles from surplus stores and blowtorched them into a pile of ash.

To isolate the thorium from the ash, he purchased $1000 worth of lithium batteries and cut them in half with wire cutters. He placed the lithium and thorium ash together in a ball of aluminum foil and heated the ball with a Bunsen burner. This purified the thorium to at least 9000 times the level found in nature, and up to 170 times the level that requires NRC licensing. But David's americium gun wasn't strong enough to transform thorium into uranium.

Okay happy campers.

Anyone remember the jihadistan types wandering around buying up tracphones and separating the batteries? Lithium-ion batteries?

FBI Investigates Cell Phone Purchase ($60,000 worth of prepaid cell phones)

74 posted on 08/07/2007 2:03:31 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

I think they were for resale, or possibly for use by terror cells, but it’s about the last way anybody would go about putting together a nuke.


75 posted on 08/07/2007 6:34:38 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Wonder Warthog
The guy has a lot of intelligence.

Little wisdom, and a shorter life: But a lot of intelligence.

76 posted on 08/07/2007 6:42:00 AM PDT by Lazamataz (JOIN THE NRA: https://membership.nrahq.org/forms/signup.asp)
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To: Travis McGee
it’s about the last way anybody would go about putting together a nuke.

One could make a lot of trouble with this stuff and be way short of making an actual fission weapon.

Just a thought.

L

77 posted on 08/07/2007 6:50:13 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to ebola.)
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To: SandRat

Understood — thanx


78 posted on 08/07/2007 7:39:29 AM PDT by fgoodwin (Fundamentalist, right-wing nut and proud father of a Star Scout!)
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To: Travis McGee
...but it’s about the last way anybody would go about putting together a nuke.

True enough, but they don't need a bomb, just a 'hot' mess to scatter around--and this had been in the news.

79 posted on 08/07/2007 9:06:43 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: fgoodwin

It now looks like he’s going to trial for his little stunt.


80 posted on 08/07/2007 4:17:43 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SirKit
The cleanup was provoked by the boy next door, David Hahn. He had attempted to build a nuclear reactor in his mother's shed following a Boy Scout merit-badge project.

Sounds like something you might have done, had you been able to get your hands on the materials. ;o)

81 posted on 08/07/2007 4:22:25 PM PDT by SuziQ
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