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Explosives

Exploding Dog Food

This happened in 1973, but it seems that cans of dog food explode somewhat frequently (see here and here). So perhaps this is a 'no longer weird' phenomenon.

The Lompoc Record - Feb 9, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 05, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Explosives, 1970s

Another Exploding Toilet

In Port Charlotte, Florida, a lightning strike ignited methane in the sewer system, which then caused a toilet inside a house to explode. The plumber who later came to investigate noted: "This is probably the first time in history something like this has happened."

Well, maybe it's the first time lightning has caused a toilet to explode (I'm not sure... can't think of another example offhand), but it's definitely not the first time a toilet has randomly exploded. That's a recurring weird-news phenomenon. Other instances we've posted about here, here, and here.

More info: Wash Post

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 10, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Bathrooms, Explosives

Nuking the Moon



Project A119, also known as A Study of Lunar Research Flights, was a top-secret plan developed in 1958 by the United States Air Force. The aim of the project was to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon, which would help in answering some of the mysteries in planetary astronomy and astrogeology. If the explosive device detonated on the surface, not in a lunar crater, the flash of explosive light would have been faintly visible to people on Earth with their naked eye, a show of force resulting in a possible boosting of domestic morale in the capabilities of the United States, a boost that was needed after the Soviet Union took an early lead in the Space Race and was also working on a similar project.

The project was never carried out, being cancelled primarily out of a fear of a negative public reaction, with the potential militarization of space that it would also have signified, and because a Moon landing would undoubtedly be a more popular achievement in the eyes of the American and international public alike. A similar project by the Soviet Union also never came to fruition.



Wikipedia page here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 10, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Antisocial Activites, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Explosives, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Government, Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950s, North America, Russia

Exploding Beaches

Another danger you need to worry about if you go to the beach: random, unexplained beach explosions.

Kathleen Danise, 60, was sitting in a chair on Salty Brine Beach in New Jersey, minding her own business, when suddenly the sand beneath her erupted, throwing her, as if shot out of a cannon, 10 feet into the air. She landed on the rocks of a jetty. Luckily she didn't die, but she did suffer a concussion and fracture two ribs.

Investigators are, so far, at a loss to explain what caused the explosion. They can't find any man-made device that would have done it. Was it a freak build-up of methane gas in the sand? Who knows! But plenty of conspiracy theories are already circulating online.

Danise, meanwhile, has vowed she isn't returning to the beach until the cause of the blast is determined.

More info: nbc4i.com, wfsb.com.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 14, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Explosives

Exploding Chickens

Spontaneously exploding chickens startle German farmer.

The Ogden Standard - Nov 17, 1950



Farmer Reports Hens Explode With Loud Bang
LUNEBERG, Germany, Nov 17 (UP) — An excited farmer told police today that some of his chickens "exploded with a loud bang while running across the barnyard."
An investigation showed that the chickens ate bits of carbide left behind by allied soldiers during fall maneuvers, later drank some water and the resulting gas blew them to bits.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 01, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Farming, Explosives, 1950s

Smoking Is Deadly

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If you are going to haul gun powder around on the front seat of your car then perhaps DON'T light a cigarette. Or better yet, don't haul gun powder around at all. Darwin Award averted for now.

Posted By: patty - Tue Apr 14, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Explosives

Poopy Trap

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In Vienna, Austria someone set a bucket full of feces to explode when a line was tripped at a spot where police regularly park to watch for speeders. The police officer who tripped it was covered in poo from six and a half feet away. He wasn't injured except perhaps his dignity.

Posted By: patty - Wed Sep 17, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Cops, Explosives, Pranks and Revenge, Stupid Criminals, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

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