4th of July Ideas

How To: Take Amazing Long-Exposure Photos of Fireworks with Your Android Phone

Long-exposure photography gives us the ability the capture some pretty amazing shots by delicately capturing moving elements in an image while keeping the shutter at a slow speed. While that's great for things like traffic, scenery, and carnival rides, it can come in especially handy for the 4th of July fireworks. While DSLRs are second-to-none when it comes to taking long-exposure shots (their shutter can stay open for an extended period of time), you don't need one to capture some great lon...

How To: Take Perfect Fireworks Photos with Your Android Phone

Many of you are ready to capture the litany of 4th of July fireworks that will litter the night sky, but if you're using a Samsung, Google, HTC, LG, or another brand of Android device to capture the burst of fire in midair, it can get a little tricky. While pro and semi-pro SLRs are the preferred choice of camera when it comes to fireworks photography (they can create some really spectacular sky creatures—even when they're blurry), what if your only option on Independence Day is your handy An...

DIY Fireworks: How to Make Your Own Sparklers at Home

July Fourth is the time of year where we light things on fire in order to show our undying patriotism, but another way to show your love for America is by saving a few bucks. Luckily, you can combine the two by making your own sparklers and have a little fun with chemistry at the same time. Besides, the more you save on sparklers, the more money you have for booze and burgers, and what's more American than that?

Reusable Fireworks: DIY Bang Snaps You Can Throw or Smash

They go by many names — poppers, throwdowns, snappers, or bang snaps — but we all know them when we see them. These teeny tiny "fireworks" have been around for over 60 years and are still popular today because they're super cheap and safe for people of all ages to use. Each one contains a piece of gravel with a very small amount of silver fulminate high explosive, all wrapped up in cigarette paper. The paper makes them a huge pain to clean up later, and once you throw one down, it's done.

How To: Get Drunk in Public on the Sly

Though nobody's going to hide the fact that they're getting sloshed on major holidays, you might want to be more discreet when it comes to your morning pick-me-up or lunchtime tipple during the rest of the year. It used to be that having four martinis at lunch was acceptable and even desirable, but that's really not the case anymore.

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