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Man sought over toilet explosion after device goes off in McDonalds restroom
news.com.au ^ | 25th October 2010

Posted on 10/24/2010 9:24:52 PM PDT by naturalman1975

A SMALL home-made device exploded in a toilet in the restroom of a fast food outlet in western Sydney but no one was injured, police say.

The device was detonated in the men's toilet cubicle at a McDonald's restaurant on High St in Penrith at around 9.10pm (AEDT) yesterday.

"The explosion damaged the toilet cistern and an air vent," NSW police said today in a statement.

"There was nobody in the restroom at the time.

"The remnants of a crudely made explosive device was found and taken for forensic examination."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bathroom; explosion; explosivedevice; explosives; homemadeexplosives; mcdonalds; toilet; toiletbomb

1 posted on 10/24/2010 9:24:53 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

A whole new meaning to thunder box...


2 posted on 10/24/2010 9:28:29 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: naturalman1975

It isn’t that unusual to have an explosion in the toilet after eating at McDonald’s. I take it thisbis McRib season again?


3 posted on 10/24/2010 9:29:50 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: naturalman1975

Big Mac Attack.


4 posted on 10/24/2010 9:32:16 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: naturalman1975

The Suspect

5 posted on 10/24/2010 9:32:56 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: naturalman1975
Another Texas Aggie shooting craps?
6 posted on 10/24/2010 9:33:26 PM PDT by Zakeet (Like the wise Wee Wee said, "We can't be broke ... we still have checks in the checkbook.")
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To: naturalman1975

Kids used to flush M80’s down the toilets in my highschool a few times a year.


7 posted on 10/24/2010 9:35:51 PM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: USNBandit

Thisbis is a word I just invented, as in “thisbis was typbed onba myba iBPadb”. Of course this time around it auto corrected all those words when I tried to type them on purpose. It’s a Mushmouth tribute moment.


8 posted on 10/24/2010 9:36:09 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

I take it thisbis McRib season again?
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McRib season starts Nov 2 in the NYC area(no bs). All of the major crap and McRib will be over by Jan 1.


9 posted on 10/24/2010 9:41:10 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: USNBandit
I have that a bit on my Dell Streak.

Small price to pay to be able to Freep any time, anywhere.

10 posted on 10/24/2010 9:41:25 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: o-n-money; All

Fitting that November 2 is both election and McRib day. America deserves sane governance and a tasty sandwich.


11 posted on 10/24/2010 9:46:40 PM PDT by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." -- Calvin Coolidge)
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To: naturalman1975
'Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.'
12 posted on 10/24/2010 9:53:13 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: esoxmagnum

1968

I and the rest of our football team snuck into the opposing high schools gymnasium on the night of their pep rally.

This school had been built in the thirties and it was built entirely of wood.

Well we stole into the gyms locker room and ‘flushed’ a couple of M-80’s down each of the six toilets.

For a minute .. nothing seemed to happen.

All of sudden .. a rumble starts under the old wooden floor boards and you’d have thought that an earth quake was starting.

Water gushing up out of the toilets, floors buckling and .. The next thing you know .. The damn dividing wall between the locker room commodes and the gymnasium itself .. “FALLS”!

We were standing there looking out at some of the most stunned and angry looking crowd of faces that you’d never want to see!

Needless to say .. We hauled our butts out of there with about 200 alum .. right behind us!


13 posted on 10/24/2010 9:56:41 PM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: esoxmagnum
"Kids used to flush M80’s down the toilets in my highschool a few times a year."

I'm a bit ashamed to say I was one of the little SOB's who did this once. Seemed like a fun thing to do at the time, but I felt pretty guilty after the fact (not enough to confess, however).

Never in a million years would I have guessed homeland security and BATF would come after us for pulling a stupid prank. We were having too much fun to think about the thousands of dollars in damage it caused.

That's why I pray every day for the lord's forgiveness... I was a little bit... "adventurous" when I was younger.

14 posted on 10/24/2010 9:59:17 PM PDT by FunkyZero ("It's not about duck hunting !")
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To: naturalman1975

Wolf down two big cheeseburgers and you’ll blow the toilet into orbit.

Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. MAMA


15 posted on 10/24/2010 9:59:36 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: plinyelder

haha, that’s a great one. We didn’t have any of that, but I know it would cause the pipes to leak in the basement. I went to a very large HS in Chicago (Lane Tech for those in our region), but it would make a huge ruckus and a water mess!

Now, also, being in the city, I heard our M80’s were the cheap ones... you had to go south to get the “good ones”.

But then again, I used to hear that the good beer was “Coors”, until a few folks made the smokey and the bandit run out west and brought some back. Bleh.

Thanks for the chuckle, reminded me of a scene that shoulda been in Porkys, and I can only imagine!


16 posted on 10/24/2010 10:07:34 PM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: FunkyZero

Yeah, there is zero tolerance for pranks any more. Our graduating class put live goldfish in them big fruit punch dispensers in the cafeteria.

I think they’d have you committed now for endangering fish or some nonsense.


17 posted on 10/24/2010 10:09:48 PM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: FunkyZero
"I'm a bit ashamed to say I was one of the little SOB's who did this once. Seemed like a fun thing to do at the time, but I felt pretty guilty after the fact (not enough to confess, however)."

I never flushed one down the toilet. What I did do is put one under a garbage can that was empty and turned over. No damage but it was fun.

18 posted on 10/24/2010 10:13:21 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: esoxmagnum
Thanks for the chuckle, reminded me of a scene that shoulda been in Porkys, and I can only imagine!

Yeah, Funny as hell NOW but it wasn't so great back then! LOL

Does it count that this happened in the same state as Porky's?
I 'think' that Porky's was filmed partially in the Keys?

The high school that I was talking about was in Fort Lauderdale.
(Both .. South Florida)

19 posted on 10/24/2010 10:25:28 PM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: MrEdd

Bunnies are planning to wage war against humans, like they did to ptarmigans.


20 posted on 10/24/2010 10:26:11 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (God Hates Bunnies.)
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To: esoxmagnum
" Yeah, there is zero tolerance for pranks any more. Our graduating class put live goldfish in them big fruit punch dispensers in the cafeteria.

The best stunt I ever pulled is this. The five minute bell for class rang. I lit a cigarette and poked a hole by the filter and put a firecracker fuse in it. I then placed it under the classroom window. Four to five minutes later it went off. It drove the teachers nuts because they could not see who did it.

21 posted on 10/24/2010 10:33:36 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: blackbart.223

some poor clown in that class probably got blamed for it too! :)


22 posted on 10/24/2010 10:34:56 PM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: naturalman1975

I think what is in their products might constitute terrorism in itself. Just look at how they do not decompose after being left out for so long.


23 posted on 10/24/2010 10:36:02 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: esoxmagnum
"Some poor clown in that class probably got blamed for it too! :)"

Never happened. No one was visable after the act.

24 posted on 10/24/2010 10:41:20 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: naturalman1975

Photo:

http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2010/10/25/1225943/296850-toilet-explosion.jpg

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/man-sought-over-toilet-explosion-after-device-goes-off-in-mcdonalds-restroom/story-e6freuzr-1225943333387

“Man sought over toilet explosion after device goes off in McDonald’s restroom”

From:
AAP October 25, 2010 3:45PM

SNIPPET: “Police officers from Penrith Local Area Command are now trying to contact a man captured on CCTV footage at the restaurant and who might be able to help their enquiries.

The man was seen at the restaurant and last seen walking west along High St.

He is described as being 18 to 25 years old, of Caucasian appearance with shoulder length brown hair.

The man was wearing a black T-shirt with a cartoon design on the front, blue denim jeans, grey shoes and a fawn coloured jacket.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”


25 posted on 10/24/2010 10:49:05 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: blackbart.223

We did that in the enclosed courtyard with a string of fire crackers!

Two older guys (ended up expelled for other things) played the best one. Was while I was at the school, but I didn’t see it. Before class and before the teacher came in the one kid was hanging out the window with the other kid’s cowboy boots in his hands. Just the boots were visible, and he was “struggling” with them.

The other kid was down in the courtyard and yelling “don’t let me go”, etc. As soon as the teacher came in, the kid in the class held on until the teacher got a look, then in a hurry dropped the boots and slammed the window shut like nothing was going on.

Of course the teacher rushed to the window, only to see the other kid sprawled out on the lawn three stories below.

I seem to recall something about the teacher having a sort of heart-attack, but that may be an excaggeration of the story.

A guy in my class on the last day of school drove his motor-cross bike up and down the stairs, halls, etc. He had to take summer school.

In college the wiz-kid student (but also a radical in many ways) got a few buddies and broke into the main building with the gold dome on top. They put black paper all over the gold dome (smart enough not to paint it!), and then big black cardboard ears.

He then reprogrammed the computer that ran the clock-tower chimes. It would play various tunes at various times of the day.

At the first early morning chime, it started playing the Mickey Mouse Theme Song! He got caught, and had to take summer school.

My graduation year NO PRANKS were tolerated. The year before, the graduating class had broken into one of the buildings, turned on all of the fire houses, faucets, etc. and clogged the drains. Then barricaded and chained the doors so the firemen, etc. couldn’t get in. Caused millions of dollars of damage. Idiots.


26 posted on 10/24/2010 10:50:03 PM PDT by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: naturalman1975

In chemistry club in high school in the fifties, someone proposed an experiment.
It involved mixing ammonia and iodine and filtering the residue. Supposedly when it dried, it would be so sensitive that if a fly walked over it, it would explode.
The class was too short for the residue to dry, but because we spilled some on the floor, our shoes became contaminated. All afternoon there were mysterious explosions as it dried out while we were walking.
The chemistry teacher never ratted us out.


27 posted on 10/24/2010 10:51:56 PM PDT by oldtimer2 (This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order.)
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28 posted on 10/24/2010 10:54:21 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

NOTE The following police department press release is a quote:

http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news

http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/latest_releases?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGd3d3LmViaXoucG9saWNlLm5zdy5nb3YuYXUlMkZtZWRpYSUyRjEzNzA2Lmh0bWwmYWxsPTE%3D

Latest Media Releases

Investigation into fast food toilet explosion - Penrith

Monday, 25 Oct 2010 01:54pm

Vision is available via the yousendit link and still images are available via email from the Police Media Unit.

Police investigating a small explosion in a fast food restaurant’s toilet in Sydney’s west last night, have released CCTV of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.

About 9.10pm (Sunday 24 October), a homemade explosive device detonated in the men’s toilet cubicle at the fast food outlet on High Street in Penrith.

The explosion damaged the toilet cistern and an air vent. There was nobody in the restroom at the time.

Police from Penrith Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.

The remnants of a crudely made explosive device was found and taken for forensic examination.

Investigators have seized CCTV from the restaurant which shows a man police believe might be able to help them with their inquiries.

This man was seen at the fast food restaurant and was last seen walking west along High Street.

Police want to speak with the man or anybody who might know his identity.

He is described as being Caucasian appearance, 18 to 25 years of age with shoulder length brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a cartoon design on the front, blue denim jeans, grey shoes and a fawn coloured jacket.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity should immediately contact Penrith Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


29 posted on 10/24/2010 10:58:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: 21twelve
"My graduation year NO PRANKS were tolerated. The year before, the graduating class had broken into one of the buildings, turned on all of the fire houses, faucets, etc. and clogged the drains. Then barricaded and chained the doors so the firemen, etc. couldn’t get in. Caused millions of dollars of damage. Idiots."

There is a differnce between a prank and damage.

30 posted on 10/24/2010 11:01:01 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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Video:

http://www.youtube.com/TheNSWPolice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmo0O7XVci0

“Investigation into fast food toilet explosion - Penrith”

Video Description - quote:

TheNSWPolice | October 24, 2010
Police investigating a small explosion in a fast food restaurant’s toilet in Sydney’s west last night, have released CCTV of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.

About 9.10pm (Sunday 24 October), a homemade explosive device detonated in the men’s toilet cubicle at the fast food outlet on High Street in Penrith.

The explosion damaged the toilet cistern and an air vent. There was nobody in the restroom at the time.

Police from Penrith Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.

The remnants of a crudely made explosive device was found and taken for forensic examination.

Investigators have seized CCTV from the restaurant which shows a man police believe might be able to help them with their inquiries.

This man was seen at the fast food restaurant and was last seen walking west along High Street.

Police want to speak with the man or anybody who might know his identity.

He is described as being Caucasian appearance, 18 to 25 years of age with shoulder length brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a cartoon design on the front, blue denim jeans, grey shoes and a fawn coloured jacket.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity should immediately contact Penrith Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Category:
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Tags:
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31 posted on 10/24/2010 11:01:14 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

I wonder what the cartoon show/cartoon characters are on the front of that shirt in the video on post no. 31. Does anyone know?


32 posted on 10/24/2010 11:03:34 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; Squantos; Jet Jaguar

Additional news video includes some close-up photos:

http://media.theage.com.au/national/national-news/exploding-toilet-cctv-footage-2006879.html


33 posted on 10/24/2010 11:20:30 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: blackbart.223
There is a differnce between a prank and damage.

Our 'prank' did do some unintentional damage but as I said ..The school was going to be torn down at the end of the year and this was the last pep rally and at the end of the year.

(We just helped the demolition get started .. a little early.) 8)

34 posted on 10/24/2010 11:20:57 PM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: blackbart.223
I never flushed one down the toilet. What I did do is put one under a garbage can that was empty and turned over. No damage but it was fun.

You do need water (to conduct the force of the explosion). An M80 in a dry pail will dent the pail. An M80 in a pail of water will split the pail wide open and spray water all around.

35 posted on 10/24/2010 11:30:57 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: esoxmagnum

Yep, now they would call out the BATF and FBI...times have changed and not for the better...kids cant be kids anymore...


36 posted on 10/25/2010 1:09:48 AM PDT by Magnum44 (Terrorism is a disease, precise application of superior firepower is the cure)
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To: naturalman1975

M80...


37 posted on 10/25/2010 1:53:58 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: naturalman1975

When I was in high school, I was sitting in class one day when out in the hallway an explosion occured. Some kid set off an M-80 and then ran. When he ran, he forgot to take his bookbag with him which was laying on the floor of the hallway. Naturally his bookbag contained his school books, some of which had his name on them. I have no idea what they did to him.


38 posted on 10/25/2010 3:19:15 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: esoxmagnum

At a very nice high school in Glenview, Il 66~67 an unusual science project exploring the compressibility of liquids was performed.
This required a large team to precisely maintain maximum flow while igniting the compression devices simultaneously at three stalls.

So I was told.


39 posted on 10/25/2010 4:28:36 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: DUMBGRUNT
I remember a large scale prank in college in the early 60’s
(won't mention the college) In a large mens dorm 5 stories the bath rooms all faced the same side of the building.

One leader was chosen all windows were opened and every facet was manned by students, the leader signaled to turn on all facets after one minute the signal was given to turn the facets off.

The resulting water hammer ruptured much of the plumbing in the entire building. Pretty funny except having broken bathrooms while repairs were made really sucked.

40 posted on 10/25/2010 4:49:21 AM PDT by tiger63
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To: DUMBGRUNT

lol, I wonder what the damage assessment was after that science project!


41 posted on 10/25/2010 5:21:15 AM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: 21twelve
Two older guys (ended up expelled for other things) played the best one. Was while I was at the school, but I didn’t see it. Before class and before the teacher came in the one kid was hanging out the window with the other kid’s cowboy boots in his hands. Just the boots were visible, and he was “struggling” with them. The other kid was down in the courtyard and yelling “don’t let me go”, etc. As soon as the teacher came in, the kid in the class held on until the teacher got a look, then in a hurry dropped the boots and slammed the window shut like nothing was going on. Of course the teacher rushed to the window, only to see the other kid sprawled out on the lawn three stories below

I'm laughing so hard I could cry. What a great prank! Wish I had thought of that one!


42 posted on 10/25/2010 5:32:37 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Today, Congress. Tomorrow, the White House!)
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To: naturalman1975

Merely a caver emptying his carbide light residue in the toilet. Innocent accident


43 posted on 10/25/2010 5:35:20 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Greetings Jacques. The revolution is coming)
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To: 21twelve

The worst we did was back in junior high school when we got back at our math teacher, who was a mean, tough-as-nails taskmaster that no one liked.

Before she came into class one day, we took a firecracker with a string on each end that exploded when you pulled it apart and tied one end to her chair leg and one to her desk leg. She came in about ten minutes later, and when she pulled her chair out, that thing exploded and I swear she levitated about a foot off the floor.

None of us involved would talk for fear of death, so she kept the entire class after school for one hour as punishment.


44 posted on 10/25/2010 5:40:39 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Today, Congress. Tomorrow, the White House!)
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To: esoxmagnum

I had heard that a stern letter listing the total damages had been sent to a select group of parents.
I do not recall any numbers but I do recall the washrooms being out of service in that wing. Also seeing them cart off a large pile of cast iron pipe.


45 posted on 10/25/2010 6:17:05 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: naturalman1975

A couple of McDonalds I’ve been in look like a bomb has already gone off.


46 posted on 10/25/2010 7:20:57 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: bert

Ah, yes. Water does interesting things to calcium carbide and metallic sodium. ;-)


47 posted on 10/25/2010 1:48:51 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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