Are Fireworks Punks Made out of Camel Poop?

July 4th in South Dakota comes around and someone invariably spouts off, hey did you know that the punk you use to light fireworks are made out of camel poop?

Yeah. Sure. Whatever.

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What are Fireworks Punks Made Of?

Since we're coming up on the biggest weekend of summer I thought I'd check. When in doubt, surf the internet right?

According to Wikipedia, fireworks igniter punks are just a stick, some sawdust, potassium nitrate, and a binder.

The stick part of the incense-looking things is often made of bamboo. But, no animal droppings are used.

So, camel poop? Not so much.

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I remember learning about how the old-timers would use dried-up cow pies to start a fire. I don't know about you, but eating a can of beans warmed up over a fire started with a bovine turd is kind of a turn-off.

But hey, if you need to start a fire, you do what you gotta do.

Punk is a pretty cool word. it's a word that can be used quite a few ways, besides describing a fireworks lighting stick.

  • a:  a young inexperienced person:  beginner, novice; especially:  a young man
  • b:  a usually petty gangster, hoodlum, or ruffian
Those, I'm pretty much up to speed with.
Happy Fourth of July!

The 'World's Largest Truck Stop'

Recently, my wife and I took a road trip from Sioux Falls to Saginaw, Michigan.

Why would we drive 15 hours to Saginaw? My wife has family there, plus we were going to see a concert in Detroit, but the show was canceled.

Since we already had the time off from work so we decided to spend a few days in that 'tourist destination' known as Saginaw. Sure, it's not Vegas or Florida, but it was nice to get out of town for a few days.

We drove down Interstate 29 to the Omaha area and picked up Interstate 80 then headed east across Iowa. Just to the west of the Quad Cities sits Iowa 80, the self-proclaimed 'World's Largest Truck Stop'.

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