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    Re: "The Friendly Café - Open for chinwaggin'

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    Happy 4th of July to those who celebrate it!


    When I was a teenager on the 4th, my dad and my uncle were lighting "M80's" and tossing them under a coffee can on the ground. Of course when it exploded, the can shot up around 50 feet into the air! We all laughed, it was fun.

    So finally I talked them into letting me light one off myself.
    I lit the fuse, and all in one motion tipped the can on the ground with my left hand, (like they did) and lifted my right hand up (like they did) to toss the M80 under the can, and "BOOM" (I wasn't fast enough) it exploded in my hand, close to my ear!

    I had a terrible ringing in my ear, and we all looked and counted, I still had all 5 fingers (thank God) on my hand, still could see (thank God) and was shaken up beyond all belief!

    I had that ringing in my ear for a few days, and my hand was a little swollen, and sore, but thank God, I still had it!

    All three of us never told my mom a word of what happened, she knew something happened, but not what.
    I was just happy that I was all in one piece!


    Sorry Mr. cars, but I don't know what an M80 is. I obviously assume it is some form of explosive, possibly to do with the American Army ? Sounds as if you were very lucky ! I don't expect you tried that stunt again eh !

    My Dad used to do something similar when we were kids. He was a pharmacist, so had access to all sorts of stuff. He used a Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup tin, put this 'stuff' in it, lit a sort of a fuse, rammed the lid back on the tin, turned the tin so it sat on the lid. We all moved well away and watched as this tin exploded and threw itself many feet in the air.

    Another time he would put the syrup tin upside down, presumably with explosive contents ready for action inside. He placed the tin at the far end of a narrow garden path in our back garden, carefully poured a line of powder from where we were standing right along this path to the tin (about 40 feet away), returned to where we were standing in eager anticipation, he lit the powder stuff which sizzled and sparkled all the way up to the tin, and under the tin, which then exploded, throwing itself well high into the air, much to our delight and amazement. He never told us what the 'stuff' was, but I suspect it was gunpowder of some sort ! Gawd, we'd never be able to do that sort of thing these days, what with Elf and Sefty watchin' our every move !
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    Re: "The Friendly Café - Open for chinwaggin'

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    Happy belated 4th to everyone to the south, I hope everyone had fun.
    I second that, minks, to all our American friends.
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    Re: "The Friendly Café - Open for chinwaggin'

    Quote Originally Posted by G#Gill View Post
    Sorry Mr. cars, but I don't know what an M80 is. I obviously assume it is some form of explosive, possibly to do with the American Army ? Sounds as if you were very lucky ! I don't expect you tried that stunt again eh !

    My Dad used to do something similar when we were kids. He was a pharmacist, so had access to all sorts of stuff. He used a Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup tin, put this 'stuff' in it, lit a sort of a fuse, rammed the lid back on the tin, turned the tin so it sat on the lid. We all moved well away and watched as this tin exploded and threw itself many feet in the air.

    Another time he would put the syrup tin upside down, presumably with explosive contents ready for action inside. He placed the tin at the far end of a narrow garden path in our back garden, carefully poured a line of powder from where we were standing right along this path to the tin (about 40 feet away), returned to where we were standing in eager anticipation, he lit the powder stuff which sizzled and sparkled all the way up to the tin, and under the tin, which then exploded, throwing itself well high into the air, much to our delight and amazement. He never told us what the 'stuff' was, but I suspect it was gunpowder of some sort ! Gawd, we'd never be able to do that sort of thing these days, what with Elf and Sefty watchin' our every move !

    Hi Ms. G, I haven't added a picture in here for years, I tried to add a Picture of the M 80 fireworks that I mentioned. Hope it works, if it didn't sorry.
    The fuse on the one I had was much shorter! So quicker time for it to go off.
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    Re: "The Friendly Café - Open for chinwaggin'

    Thanks for the explanation, Cars. Sorry I've taken a while to respond !

    So here's a bit of fun to bring a smile to your face............

    FOR FACEBOOK NON-USERS AND SENIORS.......

    For those of my generation who do not use and cannot comprehend why Facebook exists:

    I am trying to make friends outside Facebook while applying the same principles. Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom.

    I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.

    I also listen to their conversations, give them the "thumbs up" and tell them I like them.

    And it works just like Facebook. I already have five people following me: two police officers, a private investigator, a priest and a psychiatrist.

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    Re: "The Friendly Café - Open for chinwaggin'

    Quote Originally Posted by G#Gill View Post
    Thanks for the explanation, Cars. Sorry I've taken a while to respond !

    So here's a bit of fun to bring a smile to your face............

    FOR FACEBOOK NON-USERS AND SENIORS.......

    For those of my generation who do not use and cannot comprehend why Facebook exists:

    I am trying to make friends outside Facebook while applying the same principles. Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom.

    I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.

    I also listen to their conversations, give them the "thumbs up" and tell them I like them.

    And it works just like Facebook. I already have five people following me: two police officers, a private investigator, a priest and a psychiatrist.

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    It's really funny cause it's so true! You're welcome, and it's good to see you back. Happy posting!
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    Re: "The Friendly Café - Open for chinwaggin'

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    Well I was persuaded to visit another site from time to time, then I got involved with people on there and made some friends, so FG kind of fell behind a little bit, particularly as many of my FG friends moved away because of how it seemed to be moving towards politics and religion more and more. One or two 'old' members have returned, which is good news and it is improving the thread subjects which has got to be a good thing.
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