Good morning! Yep, Mr. Virus is here for a nice visit. Throat sore? Check. Cough started? Check. Desire to strangle whoever gave me this da*n virus? Check! Got it all. Also tea, steam, and so forth. Hubby has it too, alas. Probably got it from the same place, but he's naturally sleeping in and taking half the day to do zero. I still have laundry, cats, etc. annd those won't wait. (Especially cats. Ye gods, Dahlia can pull one helluva "OH SOLE MEOW-OH!"...)
Today in 1987, a Boeing 707 under the aegis of Korean Air went missing off Burma. It was later determined that the plane was downed by a North Korean agent (who confessed). All 115 aboard were killed by the bomb, which was planted in overheadcx compartmnts in liquor bottles. This, btw, is one reason why there's a rather confused notion that booze in overhead compartments aids fires on airplanes. In point of fact, if the liquor is in a sealed container, it won't burn readily until heated to such a point that you have much much much bigger problems than the addition of some vodka to the fire...
Ethanol, AKA the alcohol in booze, boils at 78*C --- water at 100*C. THat's about 170*F and 212*F respectively. So, yeah, if it's 170*F in the overhead bin? You got bigger issues. That's pure ethanol, btw. Now, boiling point can't be confused with *flash point* --- that's the temperature at which it's volatile enough to catch fire if you apply a match, for example. (Room temperature for most things we know of, obviously, including, duh, booze.)
Also, in our "booze made the plane go boom" scenario... we're assumign that the container is glass, the heat is applied long enough for the liquid inside to boil and vaporize enough to produce pressure enough to break the bottle or its seal, and so forth... So, safely stowed, no, booze in the overhead bin won't *start* a fire unless it's leaking and exposed to a spark. WHich is pretty much true of booze in any situation other than "it froze solid". If it can put off vapors (that's the flash point, btw, in chemistry nerd terms) it can catch fire. But it won't boil or explode unless you apply open flame.
Why do I go on about this? How the heck woudl I know? This is my brain,r emember? Anyway, the Korean Air in 1987 --- the bomb was hidden as liquor, ergo the whole thing leading me to booze on airplanes. Not to say I think it's smart, but that's just b/c I'm not a fan of adding to my worries. That, and the fact one survivor of a plane fire insists to this day that the booze in the overhead is what made the on-board fire so bad... Well, yeah, but so will Purell. (Rubbing alcohol catches fire,t oo, and is a major compenent of hand sanitizers like Purell.)
On which note, I need hot liquid and to do two loads of laundry and prepare for another weather swing here.
Hugs and blessings on your day, and may you stay as pain-and-bug-free as possible!
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