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By Harry Oliver

The interesting and humorous origins of daily objects-bliss for historical past hounds, language fans and minutiae buffs.

during this pleasant quantity, Harry Oliver finds the main strange and unforeseen tales at the back of the loved ones prerequisites, toys, universal items, technological advances, and daily goods all of us take without any consideration. Who hasn't questioned:

?Whether Thomas Crapper particularly invented the bathroom

?What twist of fate ended in the discovery of the microwave

?Why it took approximately two decades for somebody to eventually choose to slice bread

?How laziness led to the discovery of the dishwasher

?Which discovery made the milkshake attainable

?Which king's fancy for his mistress encouraged the 1st elevator

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A match box full of titanium starcrackers is a nice little display for the backyard, and it is nicely noisy. The titanium crackers are an eye hazard at six feet from the explosion. The titanium will make burning splinter-like wounds if they go off in your hand, so I don't take chances. A few such crackers in a weak box will pop one at a time. A case in a magazine could detonate. A dozen of these makes a nice little 1-3/8 inch mine shot and they can be used in small shells. In t h a t case, I would use very bright star comps such as silver waves.

Simply obtain an ordinary cigar box, large or small depending upon one's needs, and store your working supply of composition in it. It is a simple and quick matter to flip up the lid with the scoop hand, load your increment, and flip the lid back down, resting the scoop on top of the box. Then ram the increment with your mallet. (Non-sparking, of course). While a spark could penetrate the cigar box, it is much less likely that it will. If you are loading large items, and the box must be refilled frequently, keep your batch of comp.

I use it with all my comps now. NC 40 THE BURNING MUMMY When it comes to fireworks, kids can be very inventive. When I was a kid, there were times when fireworks were impossible to get, and what kid wants to be without fireworks on the 4th? When the Big Day loomed, you can be sure that all the firecracker-less budding Tom Edisons were searching around for ersatz bangers. ) I clearly recall two things we used to do when regular fireworks were hard to find. One I used to call "The Burning Mummy".

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