Cold War Sodium Story
I keep revisiting your site from time to time and have great
appreciation for all it offers and the underlying work. I
just passed your torch to my my daughter (age 12) who is now getting
exposed to chemistry.
I must confess that in the mid-50's, as a high school student, I
liberated a large bottle of sodium (kids!) from the chem lab and took
it to the lake underlying the approach to the main airport of the city I
lived in. The results nearly half a century earlier than your party
were exactly the same, except that we attracted unwanted interest from
the airlines and the newspapers. Remember, there was Cold War paranoia
then, similar to now.
I can also verify that chunks tend to be thrown back in the direction
from which they were launched. I caught one just under an eye and got a
nasty burn from it, which fortunately no one correlated to the missing
item in chem lab, a clue that seems obvious to me!
Even though the statutes of limitations have run out, please keep my
confession anonymous if you use it. If nothing else, just to preserve
my status with my daughter as a serious person. Thanks!