The story is that Kiwi farmer Richard Buckley, "who wasn't wearing his trousers when they exploded, witnessed a string of detonations in his pants after he had hung them to dry in front of a fire. Other men were unfortunately occupying their trousers at the time of immolation. The mystery of the exploding breeches was solved when it was learned that the farmers used sodium chlorate—which becomes violently explosive when combined with organic fibres, such as cotton or wool—as an herbicide to kill ragwort weed."
Clubbers in New York have a new drug of choice: Preparation H.
The hemorrhoid cream is rubbed over the torso to give one a more "ripped" look: it contains phenylephrine HCL which constricts nearby blood vessels and causes them to shrink - losing those love handles.
It is also used in this way in bodybuilding contests.