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cold fireworks

so you can hold them
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these would convert all of the energy in the materials to light and sound, but not heat, like some phosophorescent algae. But fast. very fast, so it is an unbelievably bright flash of many colors, and deafeningly loud, with many sparkles, but you can walk on them and play catch and dance with them and wear them in your hair.
adeps, May 29 2002

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       lovely idea, but how would it work? WIBNI....
yamahito, May 29 2002
  

       I don't think you're meant to touch them when they're hot anyway, are you - they're generally ignited at that point right?   

       [EDIT]: I sem to follow yamahito around. Strange.
NickTheGreat, May 29 2002
  

       not to mention un-nerving....
yamahito, May 29 2002
  

       Indeed. Back to the cold fireworks...   

       .oO( do we both keep refreshing to see replies to our posts or is that just me? )Oo.
NickTheGreat, May 29 2002
  

       just you. I use the recent view.
yamahito, May 29 2002
  

       is this a private conversation?   

       could nuclear waste somehow be used for these fireworks? (same stuff I suspect they are using in my glowinthedark keytag and frisbee)
rbl, May 29 2002
  

       the point is that you can touch them, because I would like to touch them, because they are pretty. I'm not sure how the chemistry would work, exactly. radioactive elements are always a good thing, but tend to get hot.
adeps, May 29 2002
  

       Yes... We could use it as cover for a nuclear attack on India and Pakistan.
NickTheGreat, May 29 2002
  

       ohhhh, look at the pretty flames.........<foomp!>
rbl, May 29 2002
  

       <hot wind><houses collapse><grass melts>Pakistani person: "Ooh, it reminds me of that lovey holiday in Hiroshima".</hot wind></houses collapse></grass melts>   

       I should get out more.
NickTheGreat, May 29 2002
  

       just hook up a wireless internet connection, duct (duck?) tape your laptop to yourself and off you go then NTG
rbl, May 29 2002
  

       Wrong idea, rbl: you want the laptop harness. Honestly it's duck, I'll scan some in if you're at all bothered. Probably no need to scan then.
NickTheGreat, May 29 2002
  

       "these would convert all of the energy in the materials to light and sound, but not heat, like some phosophorescent algae. But fast. very fast..."
Which is generally what makes dangerous energies dangerous - a large release of energy over a short period of time.
  

       ".oO( do we both keep refreshing to see replies to our posts or is that just me? )Oo."
Just trolls. If you're posting, then refreshing just to see your post and bask in its glory, I suspect your parents put too much emphasis on potty training.
phoenix, May 29 2002
  

       (...but you have to admit, the thought bubble thing is really key-plus)Oo.
[ sctld ], May 29 2002
  

       rbl: glow-in-the-dark stuff is probably doped zinc sulfide, nothing nuclear-waste-related. (More expensive GITD paints use obscure elements like europium and strontium.)   

       Tritium (an artificial isotope of hydrogen with a half life of about 12 years) is used to produce super-reliable self-illuminating emergency exit signs and the like, but it's expensive. I think it's sometimes found on expensive watches as well.
wiml, May 29 2002
  

       Is it called duck tape because it makes a 'quack' noise when you rip some off?
stupop, May 30 2002
  

       Only when it's taking the hair off her legs.
FarmerJohn, May 30 2002
  

       Tank tape, I've just been informed, is yet another name for the superstrongstickytapestuff. How many names can this stuff have?
drew, May 30 2002
  

       Two nations seperated by a common language.
Clear stuff = Sellotape (TM)
Thin brown plasticky stuff = parcel tape
Brown paper stuff = masking tape
Grey / silver fabricky stuff = duct tape, used to seal gas heaters against the flue ("Duck" is a brand of this)
Black or grey fabricky stuff (heavy-duty version of above) = gaffer tape (as beloved of roadies and sound engineers; also used in UK Army for mending tank tracks etc.)
angel, May 30 2002
  

       Pneumatic fireworks.
bristolz, May 30 2002
  

       Heat isn't the only reason you can't hold an exploding firecracker. There's also the intense pressure wave from the explosion, which also happens to be responsible for the big boom. It'll rip your fingers off.
lumpy, May 31 2002
  

       An inflated balloon half full of glitter, a bright flashlight and a sharp pin?
half, May 31 2002
  

       Yes, that's it
thumbwax, May 31 2002
  

       You could harness the cool sparks put off by wintergreen mint candy when chewed or rattled around in the mouth against the teeth. Need to be in a dark room to see it.
entremanure, Jun 01 2002
  

       A bunch of the little tiny glow sticks and a small explosive charge to scatter them.
StarChaser, Jun 01 2002
  
      
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