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Creative ways to destroy a laptop

Seeking your imaginative ways to destroy a laptop with nothing other than typical items found in a house. The protagonists are angry as hell about blackmail items found on the laptop, so bonus points for destruction that feels *good*. Of course, their main concern is to destroy the data irretrievably, so the hard drive needs to be obliterated. The protagonists are knowledgeable and educated, so they would know (for instance) that drain cleaner has acid corrosives in it. Furthermore, one of the protagonists is known to have poor impulse control, and he's going to be extremely distressed. I'm considering beating the hell out of the laptop and then pouring some type of liquid into it (such as Drano, vinegar, coffee, orange juice, turpentine or maple syrup, or some combination of these). I've also thought about frying the circuits with some kind of electrical overload—however, I'm more uncertain how to go about this 'safely' (for my protagonists). For instance, would it fry the computer to toss it into the bathtub (while powered up)? Would that permanently destroy the data?

Time and location: Present day U.S.

I googled: "how to destroy a computer" "how to destroy a laptop" "acid in household cleaners" "fry a computer"

I could probably do more research, but I think this community will have much more interesting ideas.

Thanks in advance.

ETA: Great answers...I'm looking forward to more of them.

Some additional info: While the protagonists want to destroy the laptop, I think they don't want to bring the authorities down upon them (as fun as it would be to blow up the laptop with, say, a homemade thermonuclear device). And they've got the antagonist incapacitated, but he's not a negligible threat. So it needs to be 1) quick 2) sure to destroy the data 3) won't bring the fire department or the neighbors.

ETA2: I have to say, some of the aggressive tactics you guys are suggesting make my protagonist with rage issues seem like practically a pacifist. But I would expect no less from this comm, and you're giving me great ideas.

ETA (2-28-11): Found this link today summarizing research done at UCSD on this topic.
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