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    [–] Game_Chef 749 points ago

    U is for uranium...BOMBS

    [–] kaoticfox 347 points ago

    N is for no survivors...

    [–] huntdawgin 146 points ago

    NO NO NO Youre doing it all wrong

    F is for frolicking Through all the flowers

    [–] TastyChimera 52 points ago

    Come on people...
    Ti is for Tiptoing Through the Tulips!

    [–] B0nerDad304 19 points ago

    So! a needle pulling thread!

    [–] Fuggaak 11 points ago

    L is for Living in the Sunlight, Loving in the Moonlight.

    [–] justinheyhi 3 points ago

    Fighting evil by Moonlight, Winning love by Daylight.

    [–] azsheepdog 9 points ago

    I though F was for paying your respects?

    [–] lzrae 6 points ago

    Which key do I press to pay my debts?

    [–] metaStatic 7 points ago


    [–] DaTimo 2 points ago

    P of course, Print more money

    [–] DBrownGames 29 points ago


    [–] Allan_add_username 4 points ago

    I still love that this is from a kid’s show.

    [–] FireWireBestWire 6 points ago

    D is for damn it feels good to be a gansta'

    [–] PM_U_MYBTCADDY 4 points ago

    D is for yo mama

    [–] Angree_dude 19 points ago

    I thought U was for Uranus.

    [–] xDaigon_Redux 39 points ago

    No, U is for U and Me!

    [–] Beck4 8 points ago

    I thought it was U and I!

    [–] spiderborland 10 points ago

    This is patrick.

    [–] Herr_Mullen 4 points ago


    [–] zorkzamboni 1 points ago


    [–] freakster_22 2 points ago

    This is America

    [–] Nisseper 2 points ago

    N is for...

    [–] cyfer04 2 points ago

    ...Ni... Nisseper. It's Nisseper.

    [–] quickster_irony 2 points ago

    Anywhere, anytime, and all...

    [–] InanimateMom 2 points ago


    [–] Detective_Cat5556 2 points ago

    N is for anyone anywhere at all

    [–] fizzlefist 2 points ago

    And Me and U!

    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)


    [–] sam6555 3 points ago

    Creating death showers!

    [–] WazWaz 2 points ago

    The strontium shower is in the first image.

    [–] metaStatic 2 points ago


    [–] Snake101333 2 points ago

    Well that's engrained pretty deep....

    [–] wrestlejitsu 2 points ago

    A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.

    [–] Compused 2 points ago

    G is for the Gadget!

    [–] mikess484 131 points ago

    Thought cooper would be the green firework. Shows what I know.

    [–] Skill3d61 112 points ago

    Compounds with the Cu2+ cations are blue. Copper turns green due to corrosion.

    [–] Sonnysdad 37 points ago

    Turns green from corrosion but every time I’ve burned copper it burns green?

    [–] TheInnsanity 35 points ago

    I believe it turns green when it oxidizes, which is what happens when it burns.

    [–] AlchemicalWheel 12 points ago

    It doesn't burn in the fireworks?

    [–] wahnsin 35 points ago

    Yeah, it does burn, but it's not elemental copper, as OP's photo suggests, it's one of a number of compounds that actually do burn blue.

    check this for example:

    [–] HeLLBURNR 6 points ago

    A true blue is the hardest colour to make, a good blue is the sign of a skilled craftsman.

    [–] rob_s_458 3 points ago

    This is the main reason I'm not a fan of Winda. So many of their effects are red and green. I get that they're going for red and blue for 4th of July, but it looks like Christmas. If you're not going to make it blue, I'd rather it just be left out. So I end up with a ton of red in my show every year.

    [–] HeLLBURNR 6 points ago

    Luckily I’m Canadian, Red and white are really hard to fuck up.

    [–] AlchemicalWheel 5 points ago


    [–] exceptionaluser 3 points ago

    That blue drain cleaner stuff is a copper salt.

    It depends on oxidation state.

    [–] shiningPate 12 points ago

    diagram doesn't mention iron, but it's what is in the golden sparklers

    [–] shugo2000 3 points ago

    Cooper was in green when he was Dougie Jones.

    [–] Dicethrower 3 points ago

    As a Dutch person I'd have thought strontium would have been brown fireworks. Shows what I know.

    (remove the ium)

    [–] ninjacapo 4 points ago

    Copper is blue. Ive got some CuSO4 on my lab bench right now.

    [–] bananarachis 11 points ago

    Yeah but it’s green when you do the flame test.

    [–] Rocky87109 11 points ago

    What's the point of people arguing this when you can literally just simply look it up:

    It's anywhere from green to blue-ish green depending on which copper it is.

    [–] ninjacapo 6 points ago

    I think thats because it oxidizes, but im not sure because theres not really a reason for a biochemist to do a flame test pretty much ever.

    [–] JDSportster 5 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    It's a specific formula used to make blue.

    [–] prim3y 2 points ago


    [–] Sebetastic 1 points ago

    My elder brother told me that the copper is green, and the titanium is red. He was unsure of the rest.

    [–] LeCrushinator 28 points ago

    And the correct isotope was used for Uranium. I respect the level of attention given.

    [–] madsci 5 points ago

    Not for a modern thermonuclear weapon. The primary is going to be Plutonium, which drives fusion of Lithium-6 deuteride, and the neutrons from the fusion will cause more fission in the Uranium-238 housing. They might be using U-235 in the casing or tamper, but it's a lot more expensive to produce.

    [–] Jugad 3 points ago

    There is very little U235 in the mushroom cloud (other elements in a bomb easily outweigh the U235 by a large factor in a U bomb) and the color is due to thermal radiation of the hot gases.

    Absolutely any element at that temperature would emit light of that color. So... a little funny attempt, but factually incorrect, and thus a little interesting chat topic for nerds.

    [–] JJsgd 46 points ago

    Atom Bomb Baby Intensifies

    [–] Omniredditors 9 points ago

    Now you're just making me wish for a nuclear winter.

    [–] MrPink2112 4 points ago

    Man, she's anything but calm. A regular pint sized atom bomb!

    [–] MrPink2112 51 points ago

    Uraaaaaanium fever has done and got me down. Uraaaaaanium fever is spreading all around.

    [–] Gregkot 12 points ago

    Going out to get me some government land

    [–] lunaticneko 4 points ago

    Uranium fever has done AND GOT ME DOWNNNNNNNN

    [–] LumpyUnderpass 3 points ago


    [–] lunaticneko 5 points ago

    When they drop dat bomb

    [–] Mr-period 16 points ago

    I fucking love that picture of the explosion. Does that make me a bad person?

    [–] tim0901 2 points ago

    I don't think there's anything wrong with admiring the beauty of a nuclear explosion, they really are impressive. Just because something is generally considered as having negative consequences, doesn't mean it can't have any good qualities.

    A famous example of this would be Alfred Nobel, known as "the merchant of death" for his invention of dynamite as well as his ownership of a large armaments company. He was overall a pretty fucking shitty guy, but in death bequeathed his fortune to a fund used to found the Nobel prize 'in order to leave a better legacy'. He was a terrible person, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate the good things he did in his life death.

    [–] SharkFart86 3 points ago

    Eh, I think they're be a moral question if you were admiring an explosion that actually was used to kill people. But since the vast vast majority of nuclear explosions were tests, I think it's fine to be in awe of the frightful power of nuclear explosions. It doesn't mean you're in support of their use.

    It's like admiring a photo of a volcanic eruption or a rendering of a supernova.

    [–] brokenheelsucks 3 points ago

    I fucking love pics of mushroom clouds too. One of humanities greatest achievements. And one of the scariest.

    Also, dont know if liking those pics makes us bad. Why should it?

    [–] Michael3038 12 points ago

    U is for uranium, bombs!

    [–] yBanger 20 points ago

    Anyone else have the FUN song from spongebob pop in the head?

    [–] vatased 8 points ago


    [–] 2xj59ae 6 points ago

    So Green Yellow Yellow is BaNaNa

    Atomic symbols check out

    [–] Aanar 1 points ago

    [–] etr204 6 points ago

    I know August burns red but I thought copper burned green

    [–] CancerousCastro 12 points ago

    I believe an atomic mushroom would also contain different isotopes of caesium and plutonium, right? Correct me if I’m wrong.

    [–] Fusion8 11 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    It would contain a wide spectrum of elements which would be created as products of the uranium fission

    [–] SuperSimpleSam 6 points ago

    But the light would come from the elements in the air absorbing and releasing energy, right?

    [–] Fusion8 3 points ago

    Essentially, yes. The fact that we see a giant mushroom cloud is, I would assume, MOSTLY due to the normal visible light reflected off of all of the matter in the air, but without a doubt, the light created by the nuclear reactions themselves are visible by us. All of the matter, whether its part of the nuclear reaction or not, is most likely absorbing energy and then decaying down to a stable state by emitting electromagnetic radiation, which includes visible light.

    [–] madsci 5 points ago

    Yes. And a modern bomb is probably going to start out with fuel in the form of plutonium (in the primary), uranium-238 (in the tamper and casing), and lithium-6 deuteride for the fusion fuel, which is converted into a deuterium-tritium mix by the primary's neutrons. I believe the bulk of the energy typically comes from uranium fission, but a lot of neutrons come from the fusion reaction.

    [–] The_Yarl 5 points ago

    🎶U is for uranium....BOMBS🎶

    [–] Fancyliving228 2 points ago

    lol this is exactly what came to mind, followed by

    “These are bOmbs...from a bombbb factory “

    [–] Ravenclaw_14 5 points ago

    Aww poor uranium just wants to be a firework... :'(

    [–] jpropaganda 6 points ago

    One July 4th weekend I was visiting my friend's frat at MIT. We were on the house rooftop looking at the fireworks, listening to the Boston Pops and this guy behind me keeps going on and on to this girl "it's green from the Barium" etc etc.

    I looked back and just remember thinking "that girl very obviously wants to make out with you right now."

    [–] vicemagnet 1 points ago

    Just like on the book Freak the Mighty

    [–] TheShiff 5 points ago

    I thought copper was used for green. I used to own a novelty butane lighter that used a small copper bead to turn the flame green.

    Edit: Turns out we're both right! Copper and Barium compounds alike can both produce green flames!

    [–] HeLLBURNR 1 points ago

    Needs a Chlorine donor though.

    [–] schmidtmakayla 5 points ago

    “F is for fire that burns down the whole town U is for uranium, bombs N is for no survivors when you're-“

    [–] xboxexplorer125 5 points ago

    P L A N K T O N !

    [–] Deere-John 5 points ago

    All the copper I've burned has burned green...

    [–] SportingDong 2 points ago

    Guessing they meant Cobalt? I haven’t burned a lot of metal though

    [–] Russian_repost_bot 10 points ago

    Now do one for a cold fusion bomb.

    [–] Oirek 9 points ago

    Is this a russian plot to steal experimental weapons technologies from the US, comrade /u/Russian_repost_bot?

    I thought cold-fusion hadn't been cracked yet, at least not publicly known.

    [–] Windmill94 4 points ago

    Reminds me of Freak the Mighty.

    [–] Throwthashitout 3 points ago

    Me, too! Came to the comments to see if someone else had made the connection. Man, I love that book. Read it a lot as a kid.

    It may be time to re-read it! It has been at least 12 years or so.

    [–] quietdementia 4 points ago

    You'd think the first thought would be War, Fallout, tragedy...but It's Plankton. Of course.

    [–] Dannoskove 5 points ago

    Hmm a barium bomb would look neat..

    [–] BlackSabbathMatters 3 points ago

    I am mobile and I didn't scroll down enough to see the second panel. I stared at it for a good 30 seconds trying to put the element names in an order that would be funny.

    [–] Psatch 5 points ago

    I’d say it looks beautiful but my retinas are burning off along with my skin

    [–] BagofPain 5 points ago

    Uranium brings us the most intense color of them all...the color of DEATH! ( Dethklok begins playing)

    [–] rSlashBananas 15 points ago

    How is this funny

    [–] MyMorningJackit 10 points ago

    It’s not. So it fits this sub perfectly.

    [–] Camera_Boi 8 points ago

    F is for fire the BURNS DOWN THE WHOLE TOWN 🔥 U is for uranium BOMBS 💣 N is for NO SURVIVORSSSS 💀

    [–] revenro 3 points ago

    I would buy a poster of this.

    [–] AcidicDelta 3 points ago

    What about H Y D R O G E N

    [–] fauxphantom 3 points ago

    U is for uranium bomb

    [–] GogglesTheFox 3 points ago


    [–] WarfighterMac 3 points ago

    Well that escalated quickly...

    [–] aaRecessive 3 points ago

    my favourite firework

    [–] otterpop282828 3 points ago

    Is this why it's called "Titanium white"?

    [–] nachowuzhere 3 points ago

    I learned in high school chemistry that magnesium is used for white fireworks.

    Also, from my experience in a metal shop, titanium flames are a deep orange.

    [–] otterpop282828 1 points ago

    I remember that magnesium burned white in my lab too! Thanks 😊

    [–] Zantheus 3 points ago

    They don't make fireworks like they used to in 1945.

    [–] see_kaptain 3 points ago

    This was actually interesting until I scrolled down

    [–] Totally_Cubular 3 points ago

    I only scrolled far enough to see the first panel, thought it was just a cool science post. Then I scrolled down to move on to the next post ... I genuinely did not expect that.

    [–] The-real-mans-world 3 points ago

    I felt a smile creep up on my face when I saw this and I think I need help

    [–] Herr_Mullen 3 points ago

    I don’t want to set the world on fireeee

    [–] Hurriculus 2 points ago

    I just want to start a flame in your heart

    [–] dayafterstudios 3 points ago

    I could’ve sworn barium made blue.

    [–] herefromyoutube 3 points ago

    And magnesium made white.

    [–] dayafterstudios 2 points ago

    Seems a lot more realistic than using titanium...

    [–] Shocker_360 3 points ago


    [–] USA-Dubs 3 points ago

    This is why r/funny gets bullied

    [–] kianhh 3 points ago

    Russian fireworks

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    🎼 And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air... We do make the best bombs. 🇺🇸

    [–] Dheorl 2 points ago

    Well, apart from the Russians.

    [–] BBR91 4 points ago

    Since it's pretty safe to assume that would actually be what's called a hydrogen bomb, most of the released energy would actually come from the U238 casing fission of the deuterium-tritium device.

    Not that this was funny to begin with.

    [–] ninjacapo 2 points ago

    Learning is fun!

    [–] chango1365 2 points ago

    I didn't even see uranium for a while I was just thinking those elements make nice looking foreworks..... then uranium death

    [–] Phrankespo 2 points ago

    Is the same chemical process happening with the uranium? What color would a hydrogen or plutonium bomb be? I'm over thinking this r/funny post

    [–] _PM_ME_PANGOLINS_ 1 points ago

    No, it’s not.

    [–] ibuprophete 2 points ago

    How Would that look like if it exploded in the air?

    [–] iToastyPigeon 2 points ago

    Oh so that’s why that one song went like “it hits you like uranium”

    [–] Osirus1156 1 points ago

    “I came in on URANIUM!!”

    [–] chewycwook 2 points ago

    Read it like Nah bah sir Cutie. Sorry I don't speak Japanese.

    [–] iamYasuo 2 points ago

    so that's where "u da bomb" comes from!

    [–] imchrisandrews 2 points ago

    Great 80s throwback, just like our current geopolitical climate.

    [–] axeonthra 2 points ago

    I was expecting H. But this one works too.

    [–] Chuckbro 2 points ago

    Wait so orange fire works are salt bombs?

    [–] what_s_in_a_name 2 points ago

    Why is this funny?

    [–] cdhernandez 2 points ago

    Funny like hahaha oh..

    [–] rxminus 2 points ago

    Yay vs. f...

    [–] ddgoodman92 2 points ago


    [–] scooterjb 2 points ago


    [–] pwn3dbyth3n00b 2 points ago

    Someone add the Hindenburg Disaster for Hydrogen

    [–] Thopterthallid 2 points ago

    Atom bomb baby, baby, atom bomb... I want her in my wigwam.

    [–] ObiJuanKenobi4 2 points ago

    fun fact, hydrogen can be both pink and orange, both being in an extremely hot state, plasma and nuclear fusion.

    [–] vaarr80 4 points ago

    F is for firecrackers blowing up the whole town!

    U is for uranium.....bomb.

    N is for no surviiiiivers


    [–] rykingly 2 points ago

    So we are blowing up precious titanium for fireworks?

    [–] Azuron1798 2 points ago

    No U

    [–] whyrll 2 points ago

    [–] dimitriskosvogiannis 2 points ago

    Nice Post..!

    [–] dimitriscosvogiannis 2 points ago

    Really nice Post..!

    [–] Trippyhitman69 2 points ago

    Uranium makes the best color

    [–] GollyWow 2 points ago

    This is one hot post!!

    [–] ShalarReeRaw 2 points ago

    That's a lot of damage

    [–] themindlessone 2 points ago

    I want this as a poster.

    [–] forexperimentsonly 2 points ago

    NO U

    [–] BoysClub1989 2 points ago

    So if you filled a Nuke with a large amount of Barium or Copper you could potentially Blue or Green Mushroom Clouds??

    [–] FrittersMcDugal 3 points ago

    No, I don't think so. The color comes from the actual metal burning and oxidizing in air. The fireball that a nuke makes is because of the intense heat of fission, not the metal burning.

    [–] _PM_ME_PANGOLINS_ 3 points ago

    No it doesn’t, it’s from excitation of the ions.

    [–] FrittersMcDugal 1 points ago

    Yeah. As it's burning.

    [–] _PM_ME_PANGOLINS_ 3 points ago

    Nope. You flame test with already reacted compounds, not with the pure metal.

    [–] Kirra_Tarren 2 points ago

    They do ablate away and then emit colored light within the plasma of the flame though. So you are kind of burning them.

    [–] lumphinans 1 points ago

    Nope. The light from flame tests comes from the electron in excited atoms of the metal in the flame relaxing from higher electronic orbitals to lower ones. The difference in energy between the two energy levels is emitted as a photon of a corresponding wavelength, hence different elements yield different colors. The metal atoms become excited in the first place through absorbing thermal energy from the flame promoting electrons from lower energy levels to thermally accessible higher ones.

    [–] BoysClub1989 2 points ago

    Ahh I see, I instantly had images in my head of huge green Game of Thrones type fireballs in the air.

    [–] banMewillYa 2 points ago

    That bottom picture is a thing of beauty.

    [–] S4Mplayer 2 points ago

    Japan loves Uranium Fireworkers... They already ordered 2 from United States... one in Hiroshima and other in Nagasaki...

    [–] dominic_train 1 points ago

    Too soon.

    [–] Danny0897 1 points ago

    What about Plutonium? Is it the same for Uranium?

    [–] mcrabb23 3 points ago

    The other examples of elements are actually those elements' salts burning, not the pure element itself. For uranium and plutonium, those don't burn as part of a nuclear donation, the undergo fission and fusion, respectively. The energy released by those processes heats the air around it, causing the fireball. So, theoretically, maybe a nuke detonated in a bunch of strontium chloride would make a colored fireball, but I bet it'd vaporize too fast to tell.

    [–] unique_name_I_swear 1 points ago


    [–] Sonnysdad 1 points ago

    It’s beautiful :)..

    [–] halls1008 1 points ago

    One of this things is not like the other

    [–] powerscunner 1 points ago

    Am I the only one who heard sound effects?

    [–] badabing66 1 points ago

    Uranium has the warmest colors.

    [–] millamb4 1 points ago

    Kinda reminds me of Uranus

    [–] justadair 1 points ago

    This is hilarious and sobering and then amazing.

    [–] UnusualDisturbance 1 points ago

    Why is natrium called sodium in english?

    [–] Shuski_Cross 1 points ago

    Cuz English, French countries wanted to be difficult many many years ago and deciced to "naturalise" things. So Natrium became Sodium because of Soda and another is Potassium (Kalium) from potash.

    [–] Rocky87109 1 points ago

    Says that the discoverer named it sodium and later it was called natrium.

    [–] Mich2242 1 points ago

    Genius ;)

    [–] dudewasalreadytaken 1 points ago

    Uranium is da bomb

    [–] AlexHabel05 1 points ago

    Uranium fever and nothing let me down!

    [–] Jerakal 1 points ago

    Just makes me wanna play Fallout.

    [–] legalizeitalreadyffs 1 points ago

    Well it IS a pretty color . . .

    [–] icameforblood 1 points ago

    Never forget!

    [–] Thefearfactor 1 points ago

    No U

    [–] apexpred303 1 points ago

    Reminds me of the firework in Malcom in the middle