I am reading the book "Make: Electronics" by Charles Platt. It follows a fun and very effective approach about learning by doing. Along the way (pretty much at the beginning actually) it invites the reader to short an alkaline 1.5 V AA battery. This has been asked here as well, and answered properly: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/30594/short-circuit-an-alkaline-battery.
The book clearly recommends NOT to use any rechargeable batteries for that experiment, by stressing that several times. Lithium batteries, particularly, could explode, but any other rechargeable batteries are dangerous as well.
What it is missing is any word about Zinc-Carbon. Those are not rechargeable, so they do not fall in the category of never-do-it. But they are not explicitly the recommended kind. So, I am really curious about what to expect. Thank you very much!