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Sorry if I sound like a broken record about this, but I recently found out that TNT and dynamite are not the same thing, and it blew my mind (lol get it). TNT is short for trinitrotoluene which is a chemical compound that looks kind of like candy. Dynamite is an absorbent material soaked in nitroglycerin and wrapped up. Dynamite is 1.25 times more powerful than TNT, but TNT is much more stable than dynamite. Anyone who has watched Lost knows how unstable dynamite can be, especially old dynamite since it sweats.

For more information, there's a wikipedia.

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  1. Zexy's Avatar
    LOL, I thought of these two as the same thing as well! Only such an asdfghjkl* series like LOST could make use of such a difference...

    *Credit goes to Vanillish Twilight
  2. Mißingnåen's Avatar
    Well the Black Rock crashed on the island in the mid to late 1800s. Dynamite was invented in 1867 and TNT was invented in 1863, but TNT was used as yellow dye for a long time because it was so difficult to detonate. TNT was not used regularly as an explosive until the early 20th century, definitely after the Black Rock's time. If the Black Rock crashed there before 1867 then that's an anachronism and JJ Abrams should feel bad.

    @Paperhorse; @Zenax; Do we know how old the Black Rock actually is?
  3. Mißingnåen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paperhorse
    Wow, they actually note it in the article:

    "Note: The Black Rock is used at various points in the series as a source of dynamite. According to the storyline, the Black Rock both set sail and crashed on the Island in 1867; this is the exact year that Alfred Nobel patented dynamite. It is probably dubious that a slave ship in the Canary Islands could have come to acquire large quantities of dynamite within the year the patent was granted in the United States."


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