From: John De Armond
Subject: Re: Sodium Metal
Date: 26 May 91 03:16:17 GMT
email@example.com (Seth Malcolm Redmore) writes:
>I managed to get my hands on some sodium, and it is kinda fun. I did
>discover that the fireball is no myth, after dropping a big (a cube 1.5 cm on
>a side) into my toilet. Smaller chunks just fizzed and popped with an
>occasional spark, but i believe this one liberated enough hydrogen, in a
confined space (the toilet bowl :) ), to cause an explosion. I figured with an
>open top, the porcelain would be strong enough to withstand an above
What works even better is to spear the ingot of sodium with a steel
rod, such as a welding rod, and toss the assembly into a large body
of water. Assuming the sodium has a decent coating of oil on it,
the assembly will sink to some depth before the fireworks start.
The results are spectacular and really should be done outdoors.
This is a show with sodium but it is awsom with potassium.