” Ive owned a lot of those old internal combustion engine cars over the course of my life - and not a single one of them has ever exploded. Wonder why that is? “
I was a parts man (retail auto parts - mom&pop stores — ya gotta be really old to remember them...) in the early 70s, and I saw my share of exploded batteries - usually from some fool figuring out that he could jumper around the voltage regulator... (which was possible with the old-style relay-type regulators.. )
And one memorable occasion when a real idiot bought 4 cans of “Kwik-Start” and, in the parking lot, sprayed all 4 into his carbeuretor - then ‘turned it over’... (I’ll leave the result to your imagination - but it was pretty spectacular.... ;))
One of the legends at the parts store I worked at was about some genius who walked in and asked for a can of “Freezone.” So the young counter guy sells him a can of R-12. Genius walks out, removes the radiator cap and proceeds to punch a hole in the top of the can with a screwdriver. One nanosecond later it was frozen to his hand. He came back in a little upset...