Monday, July 19, 2010

Blowing bubbles: 1786

I have sometimes been amused with blowing bubbles with inflammable air, and by attaching to them a small circle of paper and fine thread or raw silk, could hold them suspended in the air for a considerable time. Another amusing experiment was to fix to the inflammable air-bubble a small flip of nitred paper, to the side of which and near the top a grain of gunpowder was annexed. The small end of the paper paper was lighted, and burning up to the gunpowder during its ascent, it exploded, and at the fame instant fired the inflammable air.
--From Memoirs of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester--

Weaponized soap bubbles!


Pete said...

Cool! I'll have to try this with the kids.

Jason (the commenter) said...

Even better, with the neighbor's kids!