How to make it rain. It's a question that's puzzled humans from time immemorial. Native Americans have their traditional rain dance, of course. Some Hindu holy men sit in tubs to ask for rain. And the method in one Mexican village is called the flying rope ritual.
But China, of course, tried a more scientific method this week. It's launching hundreds of missiles into the skies to try to make it rain. It's called "seeding," where they shoot silver iodide into the clouds to induce rainfall.
According to Chinese State TV, the mission worked in the drought-stricken province of Hubei.
I'd go out on a limb and say those traditional methods are probably a little safer even if they are less effective.