What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby meat.paste » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:47 pm UTC

As has been stated, we now have a winner(?) for the worst thing that can happen in a pressure cooker.

As far as 30% H2O2 goes, you can buy it in a pool supply store in Texas. No license needed. Knowing some of the nastiness that can be done with this, I was surprised. On the plus side, the elephant toothpaste reactions work wonderfully with this stuff.
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby RogueCynic » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:13 pm UTC

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Cervisiae Amatorem » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:37 pm UTC

You know that part where life imitates art? I don't like it anymore.

Have you seen the damage some sick bastard has done to our country?

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby histrion » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:55 pm UTC

Cervisiae Amatorem wrote:You know that part where life imitates art? I don't like it anymore.

Have you seen the damage some sick bastard has done to our country?


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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby soratidus999 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:08 pm UTC

9/11 ?

But in all fairness i had an extremely intelligent post that went into moderation queue, now its lost

it was basically about gas, using a pressure cooker on a gas stove could relate to a much more interesting day...

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby ekolis » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:18 pm UTC

Great, now xkcd will be blamed for giving the terrorists an idea...
Reading posts on the xkcd forum makes me feel stupid.

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby squonk » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:38 am UTC

Seriously, the authorities might want to look into this...

EDIT: if the authorities find a pressure cooker at the fertilizer plant, then we're in big trouble...

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby soratidus999 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:49 am UTC

and the shredded remains of a black hat?

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Klear » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:37 pm UTC

I don't think there was enough time between this comic and the attack. It had to be planned for some time.

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby hartzl » Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:12 am UTC

It struck me as weird that the last two What-If posts were "Pressure Cookers" and "Go West" - and the two recent tragedies in America were bombs put in pressure cookers in Boston, and a fertilizer explosion in West, TX. I assume just a bizarre coincidence, but it did spook me a bit... :?

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Fire Brns » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:45 am UTC

hartzl wrote:It struck me as weird that the last two What-If posts were "Pressure Cookers" and "Go West" - and the two recent tragedies in America were bombs put in pressure cookers in Boston, and a fertilizer explosion in West, TX. I assume just a bizarre coincidence, but it did spook me a bit... :?
I had the unfortunate occurrence of seeing the news immediately after fleshing out a terrorist plot in a story I was writing. I felt terrible because of the coincidence that I was making a bit of fiction while people died.
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby endolith » Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:12 pm UTC

soratidus999 wrote:and the shredded remains of a black hat?


The second suspect, sometimes referred to as the "white-hat suspect",[87] is "still at large", according to law enforcement officials.[88]


Police have identified Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, as the "black hat" bombing suspect, killed during the manhunt that followed.
...
Tamerlan, who studies at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and wants to become an engineer


Sigh.

Why do so many terrorists have engineering degrees?

Klear wrote:I don't think there was enough time between this comic and the attack. It had to be planned for some time.


Who sent in the question?

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby feldgendler » Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:25 pm UTC

Apparently the black hat guy has also been trying to get in touch with Angela Merkel. I guess the forum won't let me paste a link, so just google "Suspected letter bomb sent to German president".

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Jackpot777 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:52 pm UTC

Dear Randall Munroe,

Please don't have any What-If situations happen anywhere near Scranton, PA. Because, right now, you are the closest thing this planet has to the deliverer of the tenth plague and I'd rather not be picking asteroid fragments out of my brain. Or whatever you have planned.

Pretty please. With sugar on it.

Yours,
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Jackpot777 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:54 pm UTC

endolith wrote:
Klear wrote:I don't think there was enough time between this comic and the attack. It had to be planned for some time.


Who sent in the question?


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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby vvn » Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:54 pm UTC

While it is quite a coincidence that this what-if was posted so close to the Boston bombing, I think we (and Randall) can be confident the two were completely unconnected.
- There are apparently many places on the web that recommend using pressure cookers for bombs. (I haven't looked, but the news reports seem to agree this is the case.) So, it' not like Randall was the first person to ever talk about an exploding pressure cooker.
- Randall points out the safety features on the pressure cooker. Having read the what-if before the bombing, my first reaction to hearing a pressure cooker was used was the thought that it had to be the wrong info. It would only hold 2Atm inside. I was expecting a pipe bomb. I still think a pipe bomb would work better but "I < expert".
- I think if they had read Randall's post the headline might read "Two amateur chemists found dead from fluorine accident." Too bad, it would have been a happier thing.

I hope that many future terrorists read the what-if, and decide to play around with FOOF. We would have fewer terrorists.

P.S. I like Black Hat. He does clever (admittedly bad) things. I don't like him associated with anything like this attack. I am certain he would never maim and kill children. It's a totally different kind of "bad guy".

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby addams » Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:33 am UTC

Is it funny?
It is a little bit funny. Right?

What are the chances?
Well; Damn, good.

Spoiler:
In a room of 11 people; Two will share a birthdate; Some large % of the time.
Some other Factorials were thrown into a BBC film on Considering Reincarnation.

The researcher did not show the Math.
We all know how Factorials work, sort of.

The researcher used paper and pen.
He chose 6 variables or so.

It gets complicated. It did not prove anything.
The Researcher planted doubt. Still.

It was an interesting program.
I like the way the BBC works.
ech. I don't Know How the BBC works.

I know I like the Fruit of Their Labor.
Not always. But, often.

Kitchen Tools? Really?
What is the proper way to respond?

Shock? I am, still, shocked.
Blowing Shit up is Fun.
Ask those Happy Guys from Myth Busters and Buster.
Buster gets blown up regularly.

The question, still, is: "Didn't they Know people would be there?"
When the answer comes back, "Yes. That is Why they detonated a Device there."

It clogs up my Hard Drive. I have no idea what happens. I go blank.
How could it Happen? How can Man raise his hand against his Brother?

oh. oh. Yes. I remember. War. We do war. We like it.
I don't. I know Peace is more Difficult. It is better, anyway.

PEACE IS MORE DIFFICULT BECAUSE!!
PEACE IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT!!

War is a Spectator Sport.
It is a Beast that lurches forward on Rumor and Lies and Lies about Rumors.

Peace does not work that way.
It is much more difficult.

I don't watch sports.
I wonder; Where will the next Calvin Ball game Breakout?


The story about incarnation and the Math of Randall Get Out of My Head are only loosely related.

This was such a fun Thread; Once upon a time.
I was rereading the What-If 0040.

"At seven hundred freaking degrees, fluorine starts to dissociate into monoatomic radicals, thereby losing its gentle and forgiving nature. But that's how you get it to react with oxygen to make a product that's worse in pretty much every way."

That is sarcasm. Right?
He did not, really, mean to say, "Fluorine has a Gentle and Forgiving Nature."
That is what he wrote. But; That is not what he meant. Right?

Spoiler:
Damn. I try. But; I can not imagine what that equipment would look like.
700 degrees Celsius. Hot enough to glow. That is doable. I can imagine that.
Then the tubes. What it would look like is Refrigerator Coils. Right?

I don't know how the Fluorine gets in. Is the Whole dang thing inside a pressurized vessel of some kind?
See? It is so interesting. That stuff does not exist in Nature?

See? Chemistry is really, really hard.
Chemistry is a Spectator Sport.

Liquid oxygen is Soooo cold.
FOOF.

I find it amusing.
Chemists that do not do Chemistry.
They doodle some Math.

They look at the doodles.
They are as impressed with the doodles
as you or I might be by a photo.

They shake their heads;
Wash the chalk dust off their hands and go to lunch.

Shop Talk:
That was an exciting Morning.
If that stuff could exist, it would change Reality.

Laughter. It's a Joke. Right?

They don't do anything. They think about doing stuff.
Then, they write it all down and don't do it.
So, weird. I like it.
Someone need to be nonproductive in a Good Way.

It's a tough job. But; Someone has to do it.
I have a thing for Chemists. They are a different Breed.

This guy is One of Them.
He shows his notebook from age 13.
Quite good at 13. What was your notebook like?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8YzIa6Amuc

These guys are funny. Stories of the most dangerous chemical.
Of course, they save the best for last.
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Klear » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:35 am UTC

Jackpot777 wrote:Dear Randall Munroe,

Please don't have any What-If situations happen anywhere near Scranton, PA. Because, right now, you are the closest thing this planet has to the deliverer of the tenth plague and I'd rather not be picking asteroid fragments out of my brain. Or whatever you have planned.

Pretty please. With sugar on it.

Yours,
Jackpot777.
Scranton, PA.


What happened in Boston, however tragic, was far from the worst thing to happen in the world past week. There's been an earthquake in China that killed around 70 people, the Texas explosion which claimed 15 and who knows what else, that's been overshadowed by the Boston bombing.

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby PM 2Ring » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:38 pm UTC

addams wrote:"At seven hundred freaking degrees, fluorine starts to dissociate into monoatomic radicals, thereby losing its gentle and forgiving nature. But that's how you get it to react with oxygen to make a product that's worse in pretty much every way."

That is sarcasm. Right?
He did not, really, mean to say, "Fluorine has a Gentle and Forgiving Nature."
That is what he wrote. But; That is not what he meant. Right?

Yes, it's sarcasm. Derek's basically saying, "So, you think F2 gas is scary? Wait 'til you see what free fluorine atoms can do!"

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Himself » Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:03 pm UTC

addams wrote:
"At seven hundred freaking degrees, fluorine starts to dissociate into monoatomic radicals, thereby losing its gentle and forgiving nature. But that's how you get it to react with oxygen to make a product that's worse in pretty much every way."

That is sarcasm. Right?
He did not, really, mean to say, "Fluorine has a Gentle and Forgiving Nature."
That is what he wrote. But; That is not what he meant. Right?


Well remember:
The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.
-Darth Vader


So fluorine is forgiving in pretty much the same sense that Darth Vader is.
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Klear » Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:06 pm UTC

Himself wrote:Well remember:
The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.
-Darth Vader


So fluorine is forgiving in pretty much the same sense that Darth Vader is.


So you are saying that fluorine could be possibly eventually turned to the light side and convinced to sacrifice itself to kill FOOF, which is irredeemably evil?

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Davidy » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:20 pm UTC

It takes 23 people before the chances of a shared birthday are greater than 50-50.
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby addams » Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:30 am UTC

Davidy wrote:It takes 23 people before the chances of a shared birthday are greater than 50-50.

I can't do The Math.
I listened to people that can do the Math.

The number was lower than 23.
It was low enough to get the Attention of people that have a 'feel' for numbers.

It's True! Some people, just, Know.
It is not that they have some kind of super-duper power.

There is a Whole Class of People that are good at Math.
It, just, happens. Like any language, Those that are around it, Learn It.

Long Meaningless Rambling Post.
You have been warned.
The spoiler button will make it close, instantly.
Spoiler:
Some people are Retarded. Retarded to the point of Giving Up.
It is O.K. to give up!! I can't do the Math. I Give Up!

The number is 11 or Damn Near 11.
I'll bet you a whole internet point.

They take the form of +1 Right?
Or is it, (+1) Yep. It is the second one. Right?

Where are the Math guys? That is a well known Equation.
Oh! Oh! The Equation and Reality. Is there a discrepancy?

No one tells me, anything.
I am no good at Secrets.

I think it is a party game.
Like Astrology. Only much more straight forward.

Each person gives their month and day of Birth as that person walks in The Door.
If I am close to the person that makes The Match, then I am aware of The Number.

Eleven. I listened to a bunch of people fussing about Eleven being too Low.

Of course, there are going to be deviations from The Norm.
But; This was not the first time the number had been too low.

I don't know one thing about Math. Some people take it seriously.
And; Each and every one of The Rest of Us, SHOULD get down upon our knees and Thank The Gods.

Why these people are driven to care about Numbers is beyond me.
Just like Math is beyond me. I am grateful.

Humanity has used Math to do some amazing things.
Without the Math, where would we be.

Let us Take an standard Joe SixPack.
What does This Guy know about Math?

Now; His equal from 500 years ago.
What does The Common Man know about Math in (?)

(do the math. the math is hard.) (2013-500=1513)
Sure did depend a great deal on Where a Person was and Who a Person was. Right?

1513 BCE Europe.
1513 AD Europe.

1513 BCE North America
1513 AD North America

1513 BCE China
1513 AD China

1513 BCE Japan
1513 AD Japan
I know. It looks weird. There is more time between those two number sets than it seems at first blush.
It is a simply multiplier. Right? Two. Always Two plus 33.

Is that why the big change came about?
Going from BC=Before Christ To BCE=Before Current Era.
It somehow cuts out that 33 years? I have no idea.

Still. What was Japan like One Thousand Years before The Birth Of Christ?
I heard a rumor. I had a book. The Poems were written a Long Time ago.

Women Poets. They let women Read. What's More, They let women Write.
Then; Someone, Many someones worked together over time.
It is just a rumor.

It says some of the poems were faithfully copied.
It says some were lovingly preserved.
For Five Hundred Years!

They have Things that are five hundred years old.
Books. I have never seen one. It's a rumor.

The book I had was New. Tiny little book.
It was such a Joy to me.

It took me years to understand some of the poems in that book.
It was Not my full time job. I still had to eat and sleep and laugh and play and work and worry and pray and laugh some more and eat (did we eat?) sleep. What else does a person do between Japanese Poems?

It is a good party game.

Any party with more than 11 persons will have a Match.
There must be allowances made for deviations from The Norm.

Math guys know that stuff. What is it? There is no way it is 3%.
That is a different kind of Math. Right?

As hard as Math is, it is easier than People.
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby PM 2Ring » Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:11 am UTC

addams wrote:In a room of 11 people; Two will share a birthdate; Some large % of the time.


The probability that (at least) two people from a group of 11 share a birthday is 0.1411, a little less than one seventh. As Davidy said, you need 23 people to get better than 50%; the actual probability is a little under 0.5073.

These figures ignore the leap day and assume that birthdays are scattered evenly around the year on average.

Wikipedia has a page with more figures, formulas and graphs.

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby addams » Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:37 am UTC

PM 2Ring wrote:
addams wrote:In a room of 11 people; Two will share a birthdate; Some large % of the time.


The probability that (at least) two people from a group of 11 share a birthday is 0.1411, a little less than one seventh. As Davidy said, you need 23 people to get better than 50%; the actual probability is a little under 0.5073.

These figures ignore the leap day and assume that birthdays are scattered evenly around the year on average.

Wikipedia has a page with more figures, formulas and graphs.

Yes. The number is now 23 in my mind.
That was not much of a mess. It is cleared up, now.

I was standing in a Room and Someone Yelled, "We've GOT it!"
Well; What did they have? A Bug? A Bear? What?

It was a number. They argued and discussed that number for a while.

Easy enough to change. I won't forget 11. Twenty-three is stored right next to it as the Right answer.

Now, What?
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Davidy » Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:53 am UTC

Here's an overly complicated explanation of the Birthday Problem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday_problem
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Himself » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:29 am UTC

Klear wrote:
Himself wrote:Well remember:
The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.
-Darth Vader


So fluorine is forgiving in pretty much the same sense that Darth Vader is.


So you are saying that fluorine could be possibly eventually turned to the light side and convinced to sacrifice itself to kill FOOF, which is irredeemably evil?

Yes, and in the process save teflon.
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Davidy » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:52 am UTC

"It's only funny until someone loses an eye, then it's still funny but they can only see it in 2-D."

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Postby bmonk » Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:44 pm UTC

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adavies42 wrote:so yeah, chemical reactions are unlikely to release 30 trillion times the energy of matter-anti-matter ones....

That would be quite the discovery.

What would we call it? It might start as cold fusion, but it would not remain cold for very long.
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby squonk » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:25 am UTC

How many such bombings would it ake to stabilize the world population?

I figure that you'd need at least 10000 a day.

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Klear » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:28 am UTC

squonk wrote:How many such bombings would it ake to stabilize the world population?

I figure that you'd need at least 10000 a day.


A bit more than that:

http://what-if.xkcd.com/27/

Edit: Though I'm guessing that in a world where there are tens of thousands terrorist attacks every day the birth rates would be much higher.

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby squonk » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:04 am UTC

But you must consider not only the three deaths, but also the 282 injuries (according to Wikipedia) of various sorts. Ten thousand of those incidents each day would have a significant impact on birth rates, I would think.

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby addams » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:17 pm UTC

Spoiler:
Himself wrote:
Klear wrote:
Himself wrote:Well remember:
The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.
-Darth Vader


So fluorine is forgiving in pretty much the same sense that Darth Vader is.


So you are saying that fluorine could be possibly eventually turned to the light side and convinced to sacrifice itself to kill FOOF, which is irredeemably evil?

Yes, and in the process save teflon.

Is there irredeemable evil?
It is not The Guy in the Vader suit, is it?

FOOF? That is not evil.
It is really hard to do.
And; Kind of stupid.
And; Something only a smart team can do.
And; An unnatural Act.

Not Evil. Just, weird.
I have heard metal cracking.

I would be flinching with every pop.
You? That's funny. Labs are Great!

Most are Mundane. I like the Mundane ones.
Art Studios were Dangerous!

Spoiler:
Why do we flinch?
I think I know.

Did you ever stop flinching?
I did, for a while.

In Psychology Manuals it is called, 'Flat Affect'.
I, just, stand there.

I sometimes walk away.
When I can.


I know this Thread is Dead.
Still; I think it is funny.

The 1982 Movie 'The Thing' had a Frightening Moment.
The Thing was behaving poorly.
It ate a man's hands.
It grew a long green neck.
Its head was locomoting using a prehensal tounge.

I think of that as a Bad Day at Work.
What do you think?

Who would want to become a Scientist?
Some one that likes to keep things orderly and understandable?
Or; Kirt Russell? With a Flame Thrower?

I like old fashioned poems.
they may not mean anything to us.
but they might mean something to someone.

"I have never seen a Purple Cow.
I hope to never see one.

I would rather see a Purple Cow,
than be one."

It would be a Lonely Life?
The Life of a Purple cow?

Remember the drooling green cows?
How light hearted.

Remember The Thing? (aahhh. never let that happen in your Lab!)
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby bmonk » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:25 pm UTC

veryslightlygeeky wrote:I seem to recall that pressure cookers are designed to deform and thus release pressure in a controlled way,if the safety valve is clogged. Can anybody confirm this?

I suspect that the lid was not correctly fitted to the cooker in the photo. Beware. . . .


I don't know about a pressure cooker where the safety valve is fully clogged. I know that my mom used to like to make chicken and dumplings in her pressure cookers. Once she missed a small piece of plastic from the chicken, which blocked the steam hole, and blew out the safety valve gasket.

Most of the chicken (including former bones) and dumplings passed through the quarter inch hole...
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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby trin_cz » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:02 pm UTC

When I was 7 (1987), I've personally witnessed such pressure cooker accident. My mum was cooking by the stove and I was sitting in the dining area. The pressure cooker exploded. It was a very old pressure cooker and the safety valve got clogged. All I remember was a single blow, single sound. My mum also remembers just a single blow. By some miracle, she wasn't harmed, even though she was standing right next to it. We couldn't find the cooker lid for some time. In the end, we found it behind a refrigerator, which was standing around a corner from the stove (no line of sight). We also counted 3 hits in the (concrete) ceiling, which can give you an idea about how many bounces were there.

Just treat your pressure cooker with respect, that's all ...

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby allhisdarkmaterials » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:01 pm UTC

Sooo, this is being flagged as Spam, and I don't know why.

But I read this "what-if" and if I correctly remember there was a german "Science show" dealing with this. Oh look they have it on Youtube (If I post the link the message is flagged as spam, so I won't)! So it doesnt so much explode as turn into a chili con carne rocket.

If there is a sensible way of posting the url without being flagged and I will gladly share.

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby Klear » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:08 am UTC

allhisdarkmaterials wrote:Sooo, this is being flagged as Spam, and I don't know why.

But I read this "what-if" and if I correctly remember there was a german "Science show" dealing with this. Oh look they have it on Youtube (If I post the link the message is flagged as spam, so I won't)! So it doesnt so much explode as turn into a chili con carne rocket.

If there is a sensible way of posting the url without being flagged and I will gladly share.


Go look around the forum, comment on some recent comics, engage in a debate, have fun, and once you have 5 posts, come back here and share the link, free of prosecution.

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Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Postby gladiolas » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:40 pm UTC

Randall ends with, "What's the worst that can happen? Science."

I worry that some &*(!!@#$((**&!@ nutcase will quote that as part of an anti-science screed. Then again, they probably aren't reading XKCD anyway.

I wonder about the psychology of fluorine breathers. Will be totally badass, or will they be neurotic, obsessive-compulsive, neatnik, hypochondriac badasses? :)


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