Archive for the 'Other Exploding Things' Category

Exploding pens

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Here’s a strange little story. A 17-year old boy in El Monte, California, rigged several ink pens to explode when the cap was removed. He then left the booby-trapped writing instruments around area high schools hoping to injure anyone who picked them up. His diabolical plot met with success on three occasions dating back to […]

Eskimos turn to supersonic "grenade" for humane whale kills

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Bowhead whale Eskimos are being armed with a new type of harpoon-mounted grenade that is supposedly more “effective” at killing the Bowhead whales they hunt. The new Penthrite grenades, which replace 19th century “black powder” grenades, supposedly reduce the time it takes to “humanely” kill one of these massive creatures — which grow to be […]

On this day…

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

On this day in 1952, the United States detonated the world’s first thermonuclear weapon on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific Ocean. More commonly known as the hydrogen bomb, this new weapon was approximately 1,000 times more powerful than conventional nuclear devices. Testing the weapon gave the United States a short-lived advantage in its nuclear arms […]

Exploding Python

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Alligators have clashed with nonnative pythons before in Everglades National Park. But when a 6-foot gator tangled with a 13-foot python recently, the result wasn’t pretty.