Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story, about the perils of early science, begins after the photo by Jan Wayne Fields.
Most people know of Spontaneous Human Combustion, but few know of Spontaneous Human Explosion. The first known case is of the renowned huntsman, R.J. Farnsworth. He’d discovered a plant extract used by an Indonesian tribe that produces substantial gases. Farnsworth planned to create the first example of soda pop from a vial stolen from the tribe. Unfortunately, the nature of his “procurement” meant he received no instructions and was unaware of how much extract to apply to one glass.
Farnsworth perished at his desk while writing this:
Soda Pop tickles the nose wonderfully, though there’s an unaccountable swelling of the belly and…oh dear…