The tragedy that is the Boston Marathon Bombing (condolences to the families of those who were killed and get well soon, survivors) got us thinking: What's up with bombs?
We know they're explosive with a capital BOOM, but we want everyone to be more enlightened. No, we won't show you how they're made for obvious reasons, but we'll give you an idea on just how devastating different types of bombs and explosives can be. We've rounded up some of the popular things that explode to hopefully show you just that and give you an idea why playing with them is nothing short of a death sentence.
Explosive idea: Apparently, gunpowder was discovered by Chinese "alchemists" who were searching for the elixir of eternal life back even before the 10th century. They weren't successful, but through mixing a bunch of chemicals, they were able to come up with a substance that was, nonetheless, world-changing.
Explosive ingredient: Potassium Nitrate aka Saltpeter (we don't exactly know where that came from) which makes up the bulk of gunpowder.
Explosive effect: Gunpowder is normally used in conjunction with or inside other weapons, like that shotgun your gf's scary dad displays to shoo you away.
2. Hand grenade
Explosive idea: Gunpowder became an important catalyst in the development of grenades, the first of which came out in Europe as early as the 17th century.
Explosive ingredient: There are different types of grenades, but the most popular one could be the hand grenade which has a main explosive charge inside aka the stuff that explodes (e.g. Ammonium Nitrate)
Explosive effect: Hand grenades can definitely seriously injure or kill a person or a group of persons.
Explosive idea: TNT was first concocted in the 1800s but was originally used as a sort of dye and its explosive potential only started to be realized at the beginning of the 1900s when Germans began to use it for their weapons.
Explosive ingredient: Trinitrotoluene which is a potent chemical compound and the meaning of TNT.
Explosive effect: Aside from blowing things up, TNT is used by construction companies around the globe to bring down old buildings.