Burning Mercury Thiocyanide Is Creepy

Submitted by: Bachi-Atari 8 years ago Science

This beats the hell out of those lame-o snakes they try to sell on the 4th of July.
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Female 109
"Reminds me of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac`s Giant Tentacle Monster that Kills people. xD"
You`re so awesome. :]

Anyway. Is this ACTUALLY what happens? I mean. It`s cool and all, but wow. o_o;

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Male 91
lol get termometer and get the mercury out...so u dont need license...
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Male 2,788
you cant buy it.


you need a license to handle mercury.

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Male 94
A rock from mars? are you sure you should set it alight?
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Male 233
someone is pooping upwards through a hole in the paper
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Male 2,553
the creepy part was the kids at the end.
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Female 838
Crazy tenticles
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Male 135
cool. can you buy this online?
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Male 2,592
it turns into poo
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Female 17
Reminds me of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac`s Giant Tentacle Monster that Kills people. xD
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Female 527
lol "lets move away from the smell...its unpleasent"
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Male 949
Okay, anyone else wanna put this stuff in the meal of a fire-swallower?

Heheheh.

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Male 468
we all knew rocks could poop itis just a matter af how much
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Female 289
its cool...looks alive at first
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Male 5,094
All that`s missing is an anime schoolgirl.
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Female 264
It looks like a giant poo.
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Male 3,430
It looks like poop... growing poop...
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Male 1,815
Very interesting
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Female 1,407
Holy poo!
Wonder where one can find those things?
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Female 986
Aw, they scared the crap out of the mercury blob :(
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Male 5,620
I did the same thing this morning! Only I lit a match after words.
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Female 2,064
Holy Mother of God, that thing`s ALIVE! O.O
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Male 138
how you have a even bigger piece of crap to clean up
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Male 274
That is so creepy, it looks like one big growing turd. Imagine if you opened up your front door to see that growing on your porch. Bring the bag of sh*t of fire deed. LOL
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Male 404
yeah umm they forgot to mention it`s extremely dangerous because of the mercury fumes...
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Male 228
attack of the living poop!!!!!!
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Male 194
lmfao! i wanna go to mars and somehow light a lighter and just set the whole planet on fire.(but i dont think that would work.. fire needs air..... noo! star wars was wrong! there cant be fire in space! that means they cant blow up the death star! there!!! nooooooo!!!!)
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Female 1,186
reminiscent of 2 girls and 1 cup
but not as disturbing
well...scratch that, perhaps it is
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Female 4,376
That looked like poo
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Male 2,788
andrewx116

"and how all that comes out of a rock is...?
and wtf is mars gonna do if a fire breaks out..."

the stuff that comes out of the rock isnt as solid as the rock.

it`s less dense
like ash

havent you ever lit a snake before?

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Male 269
Makes me think that burning hot mercury thiocyanate is Earth`s laxative.
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Female 264
werent there some toxic vapours that are let off when this thing is lit on fire?
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Male 2,788
TENTACLES!
KILL IT KILL IT!
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Male 266
hot ninja chick is even creepier.
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Male 147
It`s like straight out of a sci-fi horror movie. If I saw this happening I think my first reaction would be to kill it with an axe.
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Male 2,422
It`s beautiful!
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Female 2,695
WTF WANT
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Male 9,306
IT`S GIVING BIRRRRRRRRRRRTH! BLAGHLAGHLAGHLAGH!
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Male 3,296
haha yeah snakes are not made out of mercury

you have to have a license to handle mercury

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Male 248
Did anyone else click on the Hot Ninja Chick thing at the bottom of the menu. If you haven`t....do it.
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Male 703
i want to blow torch that thing..
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Male 10
poo that comes out of nowere were do i sign up
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Female 2,220
WTFF?
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Male 602
Zerro is half right. This is what snakes USED to be made out of, but the fumes are poisonous, like Coodude26 speculated. Now they make the snakes out of something else.
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Male 168
fake
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Female 1,545
Ooh fun! Chemistry is cool, kids.
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Female 687
OMGOMGOMG.

Reminds me of those worm things in slither D:

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Female 15,763
Whoa.

Near the end there it just looks like tree bark.

A little too much fiber, eh?

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Male 340
I`m not getting anywhere near something with the word "cyanide" in it. Which is why I don`t smoke.
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Male 506
Man, what did that rock have to eat last night?

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Male 150
Actually, a whole ton would be more fitting. And considering it produces poisonous gas, it would at least have some function.
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Male 2,486
We should use this in war.

Drop a 10 pound block in the middle of a town square and shoot a flare at it.

That would be AWESOME.

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Female 254
Gross.
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Male 41
Reminds me of the giant alien thing from Evolution.
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Male 626
I believe those snake things are made out of the same stuff... they just come in little pellets so they look lame compared to this.
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Female 62
eww, omg wtf...i think i just threw up a little in my mouth...that was so freaking creepy...>_<
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Male 2,313
That was actually mildly creepy.
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Male 485
And dyno. Newton`s theories are pertaining to gravity and motion, not matter. You`re thinking of the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy.
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Male 485
wow its not gaining mass. it`s losing a lot of density when it expands. it`s very fragile when it`s expanded; a tiny touch will break it. When it`s condensed, its pretty solid
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Female 529
I have the urge to poo now.

It just makes some weird kind of foam.

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Male 1,357
dynoburger, im no pro. chemist, but im guessing that its burning in the air to make some form of oxygenated version of it, an so itll gain mass, but the massive massive expansion of the substance is just incredible!
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Male 276
dyno...checmicial reaction cuased it to look like mroe mass was beign produced....but it still amazes me that soemthign so small can create so much
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Male 92
doesnt this disown the one of newtons theorys?
there was that mass could not be created nor destroyed... but... look at that?
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Male 5,970
Awesome in a sick-immature way
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Female 523
.... The only thing I could think of were tentacles....

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Male 276
hey i think i saw thought i saw that in my toilet before
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Male 1,556
If all of that rock burned simaltanously,
annihilation, complete annihilation.
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Male 11,740
It looked like it was making giant turds.
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Female 1,306
those kids at the end sounded so into it.
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Male 2,344
It`s like the movie Evolution!! Ahhh! Pretty cool.
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Male 1,765
It`s alive!
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Female 370
Where can I get some?
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Male 423
that is weird
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Male 12,138
vv "no this is mercury thiocyanide which has totally different properties then then just regular mercury."

Thanks for the explanation there, Bill Nye. The name`s wrong, it`s mercury thiocyanate, and poisonous mercury vapours are released in fairly copious amounts when it burns...

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Female 71
ok..how the hell does all that come outta that lil rock/mercury thing!
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Female 144
what a great way to expose children to toxic fumes! fun
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Male 695
Wow... it looks evil :-/
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Male 2,395
That is soooo cool, it pooped itself to death. :P
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Female 668
it looks like poop. tee hee :P
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Male 1,686
"YAY! can we breathe the poisonous Mercury vapors too!!?! P-L-EEEEEEASE
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Male 1,686
those kids are awesome
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Male 332
My IPC teacher did something like this but I don`t think it was mercury, it stunk like a mofo though
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Male 205
Did that thing poop?

._.

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Male 17,512
Its poisonous stuff, They used to use it in snakes until they found out people got sick from mercury.
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Male 369
it looked like pooooooooos
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Male 410
that was definitely weird
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Male 2,199
ummm? how will burning Mars make a giant snake? you do know that they were burning Mercury the element not Mercury the planet? just putting it out there...
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Male 557
wow... i want to burn mars now, BEGIN THE OXYGEN SEEDING OF MARS!!!!!!!!!
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Male 184
I think we`re missing the point here. That rock is going to take over the world... It reminds me of the monster thing in evolution where fire makes it grow bigger. SRSLy though that rock becomes 10x bigger from fire.. scary stuff..
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Male 143
Oh my gawd! The rock just took a dump!

Totally cool vid, apart from the even-more-creepy-then-the-rock kids.

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Male 55
Just imagine getting a kilo of that and unleashing it!
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Male 2,619
Reminds of me 2 girls 1 cup

in an obscene kinda way

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Male 575
That looks like fun. I`d want to toss it into a fire.
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Female 929
:D Looks like roots. Cool stuff
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Male 437
did u really need to explain smartass
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Female 128
LOL cool i want some.

Looked like poop wen it first started hehe

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Male 328
yummy
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Male 3,819
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Male 28
that was so awesome where can i get some
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Male 778
austin808
Male, 13-17, Western US
52 Posts Saturday, October 18, 2008 3:40:29 AM
that is awesome and gross. firstly someone needs to explain this and secondly lolwtf looks liek poo

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The only thing I can figure is that because Mercury Thiocyanide is in a puddy or foamy / sandy form (never seen the stuff myself.) is that upon lighting it, the resulting energy from the heat would trigger a chemical reaction where by the Mercury Thiocyanide begins to change state and form to where the resulting product of the reaction is producing a harder and more massive material. The only way for the reaction to occur hand in hand with physics (not dividing by 0 tricks!) is the resulting expansion or explosion of material seemingly coming from nowhere. Atoms and molecules can only get so close just as you can only fit so many people in a room before they need to find more room.
Make sense? lol

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Male 47
you got the name wrong its mercury thiocyanate and heres wikipedias explanation
Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) is a chemical compound. It was formerly used in pyrotechnics for the long snake-like ash Pharaoh`s serpent that forms when a pellet of this compound, often with a small amount of a sugar such as glucose added to serve as supplemental fuel, is ignited. This is extremely dangerous because it produces poisonous mercury vapors.
Mercury(II) thiocyanate is made by reacting a mercury(II) salt (such as mercury(II) chloride) with a thiocyanate salt (such as potassium thiocyanate) in solution in water, producing a precipitate of mercury(II) thiocyanate.
Conditions/substances to avoid are: moisture, heat, light, aluminium and strong acids.

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Male 555
Pretty sure this is a repost...
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Male 73
that is awesome and gross. firstly someone needs to explain this and secondly lolwtf looks liek poo
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Female 267
ew
It went from looking like upward moving sh it to morphing tentacles xD

definitely creepy

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Male 75
just out of interest, has anyone every used this stuff?
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Male 75
cooool, I think I saw this at uni, I have no idea, i pay no real attention anymore
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Male 263
Link: Burning Mercury Thiocyanide Is Creepy [Rate Link] - This beats the hell out of those lame-o snakes they try to sell on the 4th of July.
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