(full site)
Fark.com

Back To Main
   What do you get when you combine a middle school science class, some alcohol and a lit match? That's right, a fireball, injured students and a teacher on leave. Lesson learned

29 Nov 2012 06:33 PM   |   5290 clicks   |   WGAL 8
Add Comment
Showing 1-50 of 60 comments
Refresh Page 2
View Comments:
give me doughnuts     
Get rid of the match, tell the boys in the class to go home, and it sound like a heck of a party.

29 Nov 2012 05:19 PM
Reply
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     
img706.imageshack.us

"You got one part of that wrong. This... is not alcohol."

29 Nov 2012 06:12 PM
Reply
Eeteetoo     
Darn teachers tryin to teach. Just make them read the book and sit back and relax.

29 Nov 2012 06:36 PM
Reply
hogans     
From the way the students reacted, I'd say either they never covered basic safety procedures, or they don't have proper equipment in the classroom. Probably both.

29 Nov 2012 06:37 PM
Reply
The Jami Turman Fan Club     
That...doesn't sound right. Bunsen burner leaking or something?

29 Nov 2012 06:38 PM
Reply
Karma Curmudgeon    [TotalFark]  
What do you get when you combine a middle school science class, some alcohol and a lit match?

www.washingtonpost.com

29 Nov 2012 06:38 PM
Reply
MFK     
wow. I read the words "middle school" and my brain instantly started thinking about the middle school I went to in the 80s because that's my mental reference for such an institution. Then I clicked on the link and goddamned if it wasn't the same middle school that I went to in the 80s.

It was pretty neat seeing shots of the movie theater on high street and the area where I used to get on and off the bus though.

/csb

29 Nov 2012 06:38 PM
Reply
Gunz_drawn     
No pics.

29 Nov 2012 06:39 PM
Reply
Eeteetoo     
"You got one part of that wrong. This... is not alcohol."

Why you gotta bring up that show... have to wait until summer time :(

29 Nov 2012 06:39 PM
Reply
ongbok     

hogans: From the way the students reacted, I'd say either they never covered basic safety procedures, or they don't have proper equipment in the classroom. Probably both.


They were 8th grade students. Safety procedures went out the door when several of their classmates caught on fire.

I just want to know how much damn alcohol he was using to cause that much damage.

29 Nov 2012 06:40 PM
Reply
Ego edo infantia cattus     
t1.gstatic.com

29 Nov 2012 06:42 PM
Reply
babtras     
Pffft. We made explosives in my High School chemistry class. We were having a great time tossing small boxes of gun cotton with a lit fuse into occupied classrooms and gleefully listened to the shrieks from within when it detonated. A small group of geniuses with a pill bottle half-full of gun powder created a short fuse made of braided gun cotton, which burned far too quickly to escape before it detonated. 4 in the hospital, a couple of them with relatively serious burns.

Teacher got a stern finger-wag after he explained that the gun powder was brought in by a student, and he allowed it to be set off because he wanted it to be done in a controlled environment instead of after school in a dangerous manner. Because this was 16 years ago in Canada, and we weren't as lawsuit-happy as you folks in the US, that was the end of it.

29 Nov 2012 06:45 PM
Reply
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     

Eeteetoo: Why you gotta bring up that show... have to wait until summer time :(


I KNOW!

I can't wait either, but...

img43.imageshack.us

29 Nov 2012 06:47 PM
Reply
pxlboy    [TotalFark]  
Pfft! Amateur. My high school science teacher did all sorts of dangerous things like that in the classroom and no one ever got hurt.

/he later got his PhD and is teaching at the university level
//he was cool as hell

29 Nov 2012 06:49 PM
Reply
Eeteetoo     

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Eeteetoo: Why you gotta bring up that show... have to wait until summer time :(

I KNOW!

I can't wait either, but...

So... you think he's gonna get cancer again? His family gonna get killed (not Walter Jr. I hope) or will he become the new Gus?


29 Nov 2012 06:49 PM
Reply
ThrobblefootSpectre     
"Students said Reddington always makes class interesting."

Well, there you go.

29 Nov 2012 06:51 PM
Reply
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     
No idea what's going to happen, Eeteetoo... I mean, aside from the general idea that BAD things will happen, but that's pretty much a given.


ThrobblefootSpectre: "Students said Reddington always makes class interesting."

Well, there you go.


*snert*

29 Nov 2012 06:54 PM
Reply
the801     
what do you get when you combine a high school home ec class, some alcohol, and a group made of the punkest cowboy-est, and the nerdish kids in class? you get a nerd who's happy to do the main cooking and to delegate the side things to the others, who also wash the dishes. when the nerd (twas me, alas) convinces the home ec teacher that our special project would be beer battered mushrooms, she bought us a 6 of beer. i told the cowboy to put some oil in a pan and start heating it up. with beer and joking and talking metal with the punk, i wasn't paying much attention, and the cowboy's whole bottle of vegetable oil in a sealed pressure cooker sat on high heat for way longer than you might think was necessary.

after the beers and the screwing around, we weren't done by the end of class so we stayed late and the next class was in the classroom part of the home ec lab whenever the fireball came. the punk was pretty sure that flour could put out such a fire, so without consulting anyone he tore open a whole bag of flout and threw it at the fire. that fireball was even better.

a pressure cooker and a large part of the ceiling were destroyed, and many laughs were had.

/csb

29 Nov 2012 06:55 PM
Reply
darkscout     
Could have easily been my HS. If they didn't force the teacher to retire early.

So he had "Demos" every day if everyone was in their seat when the bell rang and not talking. They were usually cool enough that after first period everyone would tell you how awesome they were.

Some were 'eh', such as the 'paper' that completely burns up leaving nothing. But there were a ton that were awesome.

Like the week we the school actually paid for the N2 tank to get filled. He'd shatter tennis balls, etc. Although the coolest thing was he would pipe the natural gas through a beaker of N2 and out the other side, liquid natural gas. He'd then dump it on the floor and light it on fire. (We all moved our desks to the edge).

Since the LNG was boiling so fast it'd skitter over its own vapor. Think of water on a very hot skillet. Except on fire.

The other was they'd put a chunk of magnesium in between 2 blocks of dry ice and then set it off with a blowtorch and then drop the dry ice back over it. Since the dry ice absorbed most of the UV you could stare directly at it. In the end all that was left was a chunk of carbon.

29 Nov 2012 06:57 PM
Reply
MrHappyRotter     
What do you get? I'm guessing teenage orgy? Underage spoilage? At least that's how it plays out in my mind. Amiclose?

29 Nov 2012 06:59 PM
Reply
Vegan Meat Popsicle     
Because of what was likely a freak accident this guy will be drummed out of his profession, the school will be sued and changes will be made to remove a valuable, hands-on learning experience from the curriculum and the kids will have to just sit around reading about it instead.

America. Fark yea.

29 Nov 2012 07:02 PM
Reply
Rezurok     

29 Nov 2012 07:03 PM
Reply
HoratioGates     
"It was like boom and everybody started running out. Some didn't even have shirts on,"

What do you expect when you mix alcohol and teens?

29 Nov 2012 07:05 PM
Reply
JohnnyC     
I made a bit of an explosion/fireball in a chemistry class in 1993...

I was just going for a mild reaction, but my hydrochloric acid/water mixture was a little too strong and the chunk of sodium I dropped into it was a little too big. Nobody was hurt though and I wasn't allowed to play with the sodium as much after that.

29 Nov 2012 07:06 PM
Reply
ZekeMacNeil    [TotalFark]  
He said he saw one girl run into the bathroom with her shirt on fire.


2.bp.blogspot.com

HAWT 
/and hot

29 Nov 2012 07:11 PM
Reply
OnlyM3     
Obviously due to teachers not being paid enough.

29 Nov 2012 07:17 PM
Reply
Ego edo infantia cattus     
www.hemcocorp.com
^ this is called a fume hood. It helps protect you against chemical inhalation, fires, and explosions.

www.yarmouth.me.us
^ this is what we're doing to our public school science programs.

any questions?

/I hear China laughing.

29 Nov 2012 07:20 PM
Reply
whipbambucket     
I "liberated" some lycopodium power from the chem class in high school to show my stoner friends in art class. I had the powder in the cellophane wrapper from a pack of smokes, and had a buddy hold a lighter out while I smacked the package. When that crap hit the flame it blew such a fireball, that it turned the ceiling tiles black!

We stood around like Bevis and Butthead laughing our asses off... until to teacher walked in.

/Csb....

29 Nov 2012 07:20 PM
Reply
Delay    [TotalFark]  

Rezurok: The demonstration in question?


Kinda nice, but I'm not sure that's science. What was his hypothesis?

Next time light a fart.

Hypothesis: Some human intestinal bacteria make methane. Methane is not absorbed by gut epithelial cells. Methane burns. If farts are mostly bacterial waste and not swallowed air, farts should burn.

29 Nov 2012 07:20 PM
Reply
planes     
Back in 1958, you know, right after the Civil War, our chemistry teacher was demonstrating what a dust explosion in a flour mill is, with a bunsen burner, above a funnel full of flour, with a rubber tube attached to the funnel. He blew through the tube, sending a cloud of flour past the burner, resulting in a HUGE fireball, heading up to the old 12 foot ceiling, where is spread from corner to corner, lingered for maybe 15 seconds, then died out.

"Oops, too much flour", he said. Pretty amazing. Ever since then, I've always wanted to try this on the 4th of July, out in the driveway and late at night, with a propane torch, a shop vac, and 5 pounds of flour. Maybe next year

29 Nov 2012 07:23 PM
Reply
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves     
I doesn't matter if you don't believe in science, because science believes in you!

29 Nov 2012 07:26 PM
Reply
The Slush     
"It was like boom and everybody started running out. Some didn't even have shirts on,"

I, uh... what?

I don't remember shirtless science class. Granted, it has been a couple decades

29 Nov 2012 07:29 PM
Reply
Ego edo infantia cattus     

OnlyM3: Obviously due to teachers not being paid enough.


...or trained enough, or tested enough.
Having a manageable class size and being in direct competition with newer teachers might help too.
Also, one or even many idiot teachers doesn't constitute the norm.

29 Nov 2012 07:29 PM
Reply
WhippingBoy     
When I was in grade 10, my best friend and I did an unsupervised presentation at the local mall in order to promote "Science and Learning" (this was sanctioned/supported by our Junior High School).

Our science teacher supplied us with the following materials:
- Hoffmann apparatus (for making hydrogen and oxygen from water)
- matches
- tube of potassium (about the size of a toilet paper roll)
- tank of water

/good times, good times... even the police "escort" back to school

29 Nov 2012 07:32 PM
Reply
The Ice Queen    [TotalFark]  

planes: Back in 1958, you know, right after the Civil War, our chemistry teacher was demonstrating what a dust explosion in a flour mill is, with a bunsen burner, above a funnel full of flour, with a rubber tube attached to the funnel. He blew through the tube, sending a cloud of flour past the burner, resulting in a HUGE fireball, heading up to the old 12 foot ceiling, where is spread from corner to corner, lingered for maybe 15 seconds, then died out.

"Oops, too much flour", he said. Pretty amazing. Ever since then, I've always wanted to try this on the 4th of July, out in the driveway and late at night, with a propane torch, a shop vac, and 5 pounds of flour. Maybe next year


I think this was a Mythbusters episode if I remember right. If I'm thinking of the right one, it made for BIG BOOM!

I'm also wondering about that as well, like the alcohol was contaminated or something. We always did this experiment and never had anything explode, let alone send us to the hospital.....

29 Nov 2012 07:39 PM
Reply
Gough     

Rezurok: The demonstration in question?


I was thinking it was that one. I rarely get to use the term "carboy" anymore.

29 Nov 2012 07:41 PM
Reply
The Ice Queen    [TotalFark]  
Ok, it was a creamer and flour cannon, still, nice boom

Link

29 Nov 2012 07:43 PM
Reply
Ryker's Peninsula     
A weird boner?

29 Nov 2012 08:04 PM
Reply
signaljammer     
Jeez, if you are going to ignite something like that use a rocket igniter and a decent length of zipcord.

29 Nov 2012 08:05 PM
Reply
pottie     
I loved junior high school science class for just this reason.

/the teacher was missing three fingers from extra-successful experiments
//looked more like a shop teacher
///KA_BOOM, now that's science!

29 Nov 2012 08:11 PM
Reply
NuttierThanEver    [TotalFark]  
No Fire Marshall Bill? No meth guy in the street after he blowed himself up? FARK you fail me

29 Nov 2012 08:17 PM
Reply
Krymson Tyde     
Our high school teacher brought in sour mash and let us make moonshine to teach us distillation.

29 Nov 2012 08:17 PM
Reply
Gough     

Krymson Tyde: Our high school teacher brought in sour mash and let us make moonshine to teach us distillation.


So did ours. That cured me of drinking 'shine.

29 Nov 2012 08:21 PM
Reply
Krymson Tyde     

whipbambucket: I "liberated" some lycopodium power from the chem class in high school to show my stoner friends in art class. I had the powder in the cellophane wrapper from a pack of smokes, and had a buddy hold a lighter out while I smacked the package. When that crap hit the flame it blew such a fireball, that it turned the ceiling tiles black!

We stood around like Bevis and Butthead laughing our asses off... until to teacher walked in.

/Csb....


I had to check your profile to see if you are from Alabama since that sounds like something someone in my class might gave done.

29 Nov 2012 08:22 PM
Reply
Krymson Tyde     

Gough: Krymson Tyde: Our high school teacher brought in sour mash and let us make moonshine to teach us distillation.

So did ours. That cured me of drinking 'shine.


Hmmmmm, not me.

What year did you graduate H.S.?

29 Nov 2012 08:24 PM
Reply
AgentKGB     
The very last school my dad taught at... I went in to pick him up from work the one day and ended up helping the chemistry teacher carry some boxes around.

"What's in these that weighs so much?"

"Lead sheets we used to use in chemistry class... until some IDIOT decided to lick one on a dare and his parents threw a fit"

Kid was 16!

/not-very cool story bro... I know I know

29 Nov 2012 08:35 PM
Reply
SwiftFox     

Gough: Rezurok: The demonstration in question?

I was thinking it was that one. I rarely get to use the term "carboy" anymore.


Then there was the professor who ordered a carboy of sulfuric acid and was notified that his carload of sulfuric acid was waiting out on the university railroad siding. He had to wrestle one of those bottles down to the railroad tank car to get what he needed.

29 Nov 2012 08:41 PM
Reply
Launch Code     
This guy heard a ruckus
i1253.photobucket.com

29 Nov 2012 08:50 PM
Reply
UsikFark    [TotalFark]  
"It was like boom and everybody started running out. Some didn't even have shirts on," Sweeny said.

Students said Reddington always makes class interesting.

"Screams, a lot of screams. I don't know who, but you could hear it, definitely," Sweeny said.


Indeed!

29 Nov 2012 09:49 PM
Reply
Birnone     
This story reminds me of a Jr High school science teacher I had. He announced to the class that he was taking a leave of absence, to 'find' himself and what he wanted out of life. He said he'd saved up enough money to quit work and travel to where ever he needed to go to do this. Everyone thought he was the coolest teacher ever, and many of the girls even cried because he was leaving(he was popular).

A couple of months later I was channel surfing(pre-internet days) and saw him on the local news. What happened is a couple of students found some kind of container with a substance they brought to his class, which they then opened and made a bunch of people sick. He was interviewed briefly because it was his class and they were his students.

What a liar! He left for another teaching job, that was all. He played it off like he was making heroic personal journey. His journey took him about 20 miles across the county to another teaching job.

29 Nov 2012 09:52 PM
Reply
Showing 1-50 of 60 comments
Refresh Page 2
View Comments:
This thread is closed to new comments.


Back To Main

More Headlines:
Main | Sports | Business | Geek | Entertainment | Politics | Video | FarkUs | Contests | Fark Party | Combined