Alfred Nobel's "Safety Powder"

Alfred Nobel's "Safety Powder"
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In 1867, Alfred Nobel patented dynamite, the main ingredient in TNT and early grenades. While it greatly helped build roads and railways, his hopes of using his invention for peace obviously backfired.

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  • Meanwhile, in Sweden in 1867, Alfred Nobel has an explosive idea.
  • I, Alfred Nobel, have an explosive idea! For years, Man has cut through mountains with gunpowder--much too dangerous! Now, let's see what my new invention, "dynamite," can do!
  • I've done it! This powder is much more stable than my last invention "nitroglycerin." Now I'll open up 90 armament factories.
  • Later...
  • “My dynamite will sooner lead to peace than a thousand world conventions. As soon as men will find that in one instant, whole armies can be utterly destroyed, they surely will abide by golden peace."
  • Yeah, that won't blow up in your face...
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