Richard's Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson for July 04, 2011
blam in 1942 wartime rationing forces citizens to make their own roman candles by mixing moxie, odol, jell-o, postum & victory brand flour substitute in a mason jar. twenty six year later a more stable form of this compound propels apollo astronauts to the moon! kid 1: leapin' lizards kid 2: holy moley pif woman: damn them! nowadays every town, every neighborhood, has its own july 4th fireworks show. and recently, pyrotechnicians have used "star wars" missile defense technology to develop fireworks that can seek and destroy those in a competing town!