This has nothing to do with Georgia politics, but Mr. Wizard has died. I actually assumed he’d died a long time ago.
I loved his show on Nickelodeon when I was a kid. When I was growing up in Dubai, we weren’t restricted on chemicals you could buy, so I had a great big chemistry set I had put together myself — big bottles of HCl, Sulfuric Acid, Zinc, Potassium Permanganate, anything I could mix together to produce a gas and then explode.
My favorite was mixing HCl and zinc in a flask, filling a balloon with the resulting hydrogen discharge, then sticking a match to it. Way cool. Of course the KMnO4 + H2O2 catalytic discharge of oxygen was equally explosive and cool (that’s potassium permanganate dropped into hydrogen peroxide). I still have some KMnO4 somewhere around the house.