8/17/2006

Chemist claims world firework record


Roy Lowry and his team have launched 55,000 bottle rockets, each reaching an altitude of at least 100 feet, all in 5 minutes. They're still awaiting world record verification by Guiness. Sounds like fun. Actually, it sounds like something Nemo would try! (see Nemo's timelapse shot, below)


PS: I didn't ask permission to link to any of these images, so if you want me to take them down, just let me know!

4 comments:

ba said...

If Nemo was really a tough guy he'd invite this guy to the next bottle rocket war.
BA

Nemo said...

First, (Mike) feel free to use anything I post. It’s the least I can do for the only person to ever record the formal “Pickled Pete Consuming Ritual” and live to tell the tale.

Second, (BA) the Lake Lucerne Bottle Rocket war is so much more that just volume of fire (though almost 200 per second is impressive). At its most basic, it’s an intricate dance of snow engineering, thermal garments and nerve. On a higher level, it serves as a grand metaphor for Man’s struggle with nature (Man being represented by the participants, forts, lighting devices, and rockets. Nature by the ice & snow, cold and wind but mostly cold (Other forces probably could be listed on the side of Nature, like say gravity. But while gravity does cause the rockets to pull back to earth well short of intended targets with annoying frequency, it also keeps us from floating away from the relative safety of our forts (which reminds me of one of my favorite books : Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, but I digress))).

JTZ has been quoted as saying “I just like to blow things up”.

The next war is scheduled for Saturday January 20th, 2007 at around 6:30 PM CDT with fort building starting on the 18th. This guy is invited as are you two.

poppgrrl said...

Do I know Nemo? These rituals of which he/she speaks (bottle rocket wars, Pickled Pete consumption) sound very familiar... And the JTZ quote I believe I have heard straight from the dinosaur's mouth.

BA said...

I believe that quote may have come shortly after a pumpkin met it's demise. As for the bottle rocket war - if I can swing time away I'd love to come up. I had a great time the year I was there. In fact I might still have some Vermox(Black Flag/Liquid Death as I remember you referring to it). ;-)

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