Even a pool noodle can explode

Just take that in for a second.

Yesterday, my accounting professor was telling the class a story of how he used to work in manufacturing, and how he had some experience pool noodles–specifically foam. He said that the foam begins as a pellets that get extruded, much like spaghetti, into little tubes.

Then, unlike spaghetti, carbon dioxide gas gets shot into the foam to expand it into the shape we’ve come to know and love. However, those things that we’ve come to know and love can also KILL US! If, and only if, the manufacturers don’t let the noodles sit and de-gas for a while.


Some of the carbon dioxide gas has to escape the noodles, and this has to happen in a well-ventilated facility to avoid a fireball.

For a while, all was well. Then came 1996.

Wake County investigators are trying to determine what caused a late-night explosion at a foam-making plant in Zebulon.

The blast happened Sunday night in the parking lot of the Nomaco Company. Authorities say two men were readying a foam-filled trailer to be moved when the materials inside exploded. ~~WRAL News; Raleigh, NC

You can say that things hit the fan in a heated manner.

And it’s going to happen to us. The things hitting the fan, not the burns.

But at some point in our lives, something that we expected to go down without a hitch is going to hit the mother lode of problems; and when that happens we’re going to have to muster up every ability we have to run away calmly evacuate the area to prepare for some problem solving.

When our trailer explodes, we have to be ready. Who knows when it’s going to be, where it’s going to be or what it’s going to be. But when it is, you’ll know.

And it’s imperative that we’re all ready to launch into the fight, because the last thing we want is a mental image of this:

Like this! Photo credit to Greg Adams
Like this! Photo credit to Greg Adams

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