While chatting with Brett at work today we stumbled across something that we both found incredibly funny. But Brett has degree in chemistry and I know enough about it to be a danger to myself and others. I’m not sure enough other people would get the joke to actually use it but I’m thinking of putting the following phrase on Boomershoot t-shirts for next year:
Free the nitrogen!
Is that too obscure?
If you don’t understand see below the fold for the explanation. And if you do understand and want to participate sign up for Boomershoot 2017 here.
Nearly all conventional explosives are nitrogen based. The nitrogen is chemically bound to other elements and is a solid or liquid form. When the explosive detonates the nitrogen is released from its chemical bonds and becomes nitrogen gas.
For example, ammonium nitrate breaks down according to the following equation:
NH4NO3 => N2 + 2H2O + 1/2 O2 (+ heat)
Hence, urging people to “Free the nitrogen!” is telling them to explode the targets.