Anime - Japanese Animation
Baka - Japanese word for idiot or fool
Loosely put an Anime Baka is someone who's crazy about Anime. However interpretation's may vary. I tend to think of Anime Baka as meaning something like drooling fan boy/girl.
Wrote this a long time ago. Too short for an article:
Perverted - Hentai in Japanese. But the word pervert means deviation from normal or accepted. So, how can all guys be perverts?
Did you ever notice that the sex scene in the movie is generally at about the same realative place as the guitar solo in a song?
Ramblings on Fireworks
Wrote this up for elsewhere and thought it was a good bit of information.
I tried to make my own candle when I was a young. I rolled up a paper towel and dipped it in hot wax. I figured this would work great. Fortunately I tested on something metal. It shot flame up about six feet nearly scorching the roof. I think it sorta exploded at the end. In retrospect these might make great substitute standard fireworks. I imagine you could get all sort of different effects by using different construction methods and perhaps putting a little gunpowder into the mix (to add starbursts). If you burn down your house don't blame me.
M-100,160,seal bombs - Mexico
They sell all these in Mexico. I've seen them, but never bought any or blew them up. Good luck getting them across the border though; probably harder than getting a person across.
Wyoming - best state line
When you're about a mile from the Wyoming boarder you see these huge billboards that say, "WHOLESALE FIREWORKS - NEXT EXIT". I still have an ammo can full of firecrackers and bottle rockets. A buddy sent me with $30 to spend for him and I brought him an arsenal home.
At Sonoma State University in the dorms we got a little carried away and would often just open up a door, toss in a string of firecrackers and then shut the door. This was really fun. Nobody lost an eye. The place had a wonderful gunpowder smell. This was the same bunch whom I got home late one evening to find had put up a centerfold on my door and were throwing a survival knife at her. I'd like to hear Freud take a run at that.
Got a bunch of these in Wyoming. Their ground flowers with wings glued to them. So imagine the stock ground flower, but the thing takes off and flies around randomly. You can find some videos on youtube. These are wonderful, dangerous, but wonderful. They come in several sizes from little firecracker on up. As a side note a friend told me that shooting ground flowers from a slingshot was a blast.
A lot of people overlook this great firework that you can still buy all over the place for about $0.02 each. The thing is you need to get creative with how you can use them. Go to McDonnalds and get some straws; their straws are better made than most others and are the proper diameter. I'd take two straws, offset them by about an inch and then tape them together making a two shot peashooter. Snaps generally fit into these straws nicely, but often you have to gently roll them between your fingers to make them fit. Range is about 30 feet and you can actually explode them on people if you want, but they really sting on bare skin.
I used to cause all sorts of ruckus at Santa Rosa High School by walking through the halls shooting these. There were windows angled in from the hallway to the classroom giving a clear view of the classroom ceiling from the hallway. I could explode a snap in the center of a class ceiling easily form the hall. I can only imagine the situation that would create. The teacher of course would want to know who (in the class) did it. Thinking back, I had a pack a day habit in High School.
I had a teacher who always sharpened his pencil after giving the lecture. Need I say more? Spectacular explosion. I also found that they made neat traps by wedging them between things. When you open your desk drawer, locker, room door (with the big hydraulic device at the top) the snap drops and explodes on the floor. Hmmm, that reminds me, we used to tape centerfolds to the classroom door windows. You didn't see anything with he door open (as they usually were) and then when the teacher quickly locked up for lunch the centerfold was in plain view and locked that way. another fun thing to do with them was to spread them all over the floor in the hall right before the bell rang.
There are also pull string snaps and they are off course great booby trap devices. We even booby-trapped binders with them.
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