Five Things Teenage Boys Probably Don’t Do Any More.
1. Make explosives at home.
My friend and I once made nitrogen triiodide at his house. This stuff was easy to manufacture. Quite safe while in liquid form, it’s supremely explosive when dry, which is, of course, why we wanted to make it.
We let a few drops of it dry out on the garage floor. Then my friend (later a PhD in Chemistry from Oxford) gently tapped each one with a rolled up newspaper.…