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My Little Red Rocket

Have you ever wanted to go "one step beyond"? I know I have. I suppose I always had a scientific mind about me. Combine that with being a kid and you are in trouble. Take me.

When I was a kid, I was given a toy. A red pump rocket. You fill the rocket part-way with water, attach the pump attachment, and pump air into the rocket. The increased pressure forces the rocket to "take off" when you detached the pump. Why it might go 50 to 100 feet in the air. Cool, right?

Well, not quite cool enough for "yours truly." I decided to fiddle around a bit. I wanted the rocket to fly higher than a hundred feet. So I put in some baking soda, added vinegar and quickly put it on the pump. Outside, I pumped away, then released the rocket.

S-w-o-o-s-h! Up, up, up it went. Why it disappeared it went so high.

Guess what?

I never could find the rocket. But, hey! It was fun.

Image Credit » Vintage Little Red Rocket

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MegL wrote on June 8, 2022, 5:09 AM

Yes, those kinds of experiments are the sort that can get you in trouble too. An acquaintance told me that he had the scientific bent as a child (he grew up to manufacture turbines). When he was young, acetylene lamps were used on bicycles for light at night. He set one of these afloat down a sewer and the sewer blew up! My father helped me do experiments when I was a child. He showed me that you could light a match on glass because of friction. These were the old types of matches, not modern safety matches. My mother found me trying this experiment myself and was furious! Told my dad off.

VinceSummers wrote on June 8, 2022, 1:20 PM

Hahahaha. Apparently you were a character.

MegL wrote on June 8, 2022, 5:52 PM

One teacher told my mother that she had always liked working with problem children! I don't think my mother was impressed!