In case you were watching MythBusters tonight (episode 53), they were investigating rumors that a bunch of farmers in new Zealand had exploding pants.
They didn’t name the herbicide in the episode, but I looked it up–it was sodium chlorate. Indeed, not only did their pants explode, but scholarly documentation of the explosions exists:
The Significance of Mr. Richard Buckley’s Exploding Trousers: Reflections on an Aspect of Technological Change in New Zealand Dairy Farming between the World Wars
If you’re like me, you’re the kind of person that wants to know these things :)
Oh, BTW: Way Hot Kari Byron Photos. (NSFW?)
Other news that may make your pants explode: Rebecca from Skepchick has made the cut again in the Public Radio Challenge!! Congrats Becca!