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Fifty Dangerous Things 22

Playing in a hailstorm.

We’ve been waiting a year to do this one, so forgive the video that barely shows the hail and is pretty dark.  We were sitting around the table eating dinner when we started to hear the pattering of hail.  Sidney and I looked at each other at the exact same moment and yelled “hail!” before I ran for the camera and she ran for a helmet.

Our other Fifty Dangerous Things are here.

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Fifty Dangerous Things 21

Build a flying machine.  We sealed the holes in a laundry bag then turned the hairdryer on high.

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Not a lot of success. It would fill up and slightly float, but nowhere as high as we hoped. Then when it was Wyatt’s turn we started getting a burning smell. I guess the tape was too heavy and kept it down.

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Fifty Dangerous Things 19 and 20

Playing with fire and going camping.

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The kids helped me build a fire. We found a bunch of small sticks and paper and it started up quickly. We went over how to be safe with the fire and then the most important part, how to roast the perfect marshmallow.

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We also went camping which we’ve done before, but never all four of us at once. Our four man tent does not easily fit two adults and two children. We probably won’t be doing that again soon.

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Fifty Dangerous Things 18

Baking Soda Bombs.

Your basic baking soda and vinegar combination used in millions of Elementary school classrooms, but this time in a sealed bag so the pressure builds.  The beginning of the movie is Wyatt trying to say “scientific” which he does every time I make them put the safety glasses on for dangerous stuff.

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Fifty Dangerous Things 17

Balancing

We balanced on curbs, hoses, walls, bricks, rocks, branches, steps, ropes and a tire.

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Fifty Dangerous Things 16

Messing around with dry ice.

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Wow, dry ice is cheap entertainment.  A dollar a pound and we had a great time watching it and playing with it.

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Dry Ice

First we got bowls of water and threw a few chunks in to watch it boil.

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Then we put some chips in a smaller bowl and squirted drops of water on it to see what would happen.

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We also blew on it to see what kind of swirls it would make, then breathed it in to make ourselves cough.

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Fifty Dangerous Things 15

Boiling Water in a Paper Cup.

Man is it hard to find paper cups.  Two grocery stores and all we could find was plastic or styrofoam.  So we took the books advice and made our own using origami.  So our first failure in a Dangerous Thing could be blamed on inferior folding technique.  The book claims it will work though, so eventually we’ll have to try it again using a real paper cup.

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Boiling Water

For us it started heating up, but the sides started to catch fire and eventually the water escaped through holes in the side.

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