Mental Floss

Yay! 4th of July Fireworks 2011!

Chris Higgins
facebooktwitterreddit

For the fifth year running, software designer Cabel Sasser has gone down to his local fireworks retailer in Vancouver, Washington* and photographed the most insane fireworks boxes. The result is amazing. From the "Blond Joke" (complete with the warning: "shoots flaming balls") to the unbelievably complex "Computer" (a faux-laptop fireworks array which "emits showers of sparks"), this is a wonderfully weird cross-cultural experience. Enjoy, if you dare. (See also: 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.)

My favorite this year was the utterly confusing "Luna Chick," which Sasser captions: "Shotgun shells? Pool cue? Or is this baby chicken a suicide bomber? What is going on?"

Check out the rest to be amazed.

* = Everybody in Portland, Oregon knows that Washington fireworks are "better." I would argue that they are "more bad," which is a kind of "better." Fortunately, Vancouver is just over the bridge.

facebooktwitterreddit