I still love fireworks. I feel cheated if I don't get to see them every year. Now that I've grown up, though, what I especially hold dear to my heart, is not "Happy July 4th" but rather the concept of Independence Day. The value of being able to live in independence as you take this brief journey on earth. So, my hope to all, no matter what your race, sex, religious belief, sexual orientation, or what country you call home, is that you are able to live your life as you please.
Happy Independence Day, citizens of the world. (-:
Now, here's a recipe to make your own homemade snakes. I've never tried it, just a recipe I grapped from the internet (about.com) so I accept no responsibility on the outcome. See, you're free to try it or not. Ain't life grand?
Soda & Sugar Black Snake Materials
- alcohol or fuel oil (I (the writer of the recipe) didn't have any high-proof alcohol on hand, so I used lighter fluid left over from the handheld fireballs project)
- baking soda
- sugar (I used powdered sugar, but you can grind table sugar in a coffee grinder)
- Mix 4 parts powdered sugar with 1 part baking soda. (I used 4 tsp sugar and 1 tsp baking soda.)
- Make a mound with the sand. Push a depression into the middle of the sand.
- Pour the alcohol or other fuel into the sand to wet it.
- Pour the sugar and soda mixture into the depression.
- Ignite the mound, using a lighter or match.
How Black Snakes Work
The sugar and baking soda snake proceeds according to the following chemical reactions, where sodium bicarbonate breaks down into sodium carbonate, water vapor, and carbon dioxide gas while burning the sugar in oxygen produces water vapor and carbon dioxide gas. The snake is carbonate with black carbon particles:
2 NaHCO3 → Na2CO3 + H2O + CO2
C2H5OH + 3 O2 → 2 CO2 + 3 H2O
These instructions were adapted from a tutorial given on Boing Boing which in turn came from a defunct Russian site.