For those with allergies to peanuts, stay away from dynamite! At one time, some manufacturers may have used peanut oil as an ingredient of glycerol, an ingredient of nitroglycerine. Vegetable and nut oils are used in countless ways, this being one of the more interesting one… You may never look at a peanut butter sandwich the same way.
How are peanuts involved in dynamite?
- Dynamite is made from Nitroglycerine
- Nitroglycerine, also known as trinitroglycerin, and glyceryl trinitrate, is an oily, explosive liquid made by nitrating glycerol.
- So nitroglycerine is made from glycerol.
- Glycerol or glycerine, is a viscous liquid used in soap, cream, and food.
- Glycerol is made of……….Peanut oil!
- Peanut oil of course being made of peanuts!
Swedish industrialist, engineer, and inventor, Alfred Nobel built bridges and buildings in Stockholm. His construction work inspired Nobel to research new methods of blasting rock. In 1860, the inventor first started experimenting with nitroglycerine.
The Nobel Patent Detonator – Blasting Cap
In 1863, Alfred Nobel invented the Nobel patent detonator or blasting cap for detonating nitroglycerin. The Nobel patent detonator used a strong shock rather than heat combustion to ignite the explosives. The Nobel Company built the first factory to manufacture nitroglycerin and dynamite. Source: About.com
You may recognize the name… He was also the gentleman responsible for the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE…
Why use peanuts in Dynamite?
- To taste better in case it explodes on one’s face.
- Peanuts have an explosive flavor
- Cuz peanuts are the bomb!!!!