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Date: 04/27/13 02:46 PM

38 Responses to A Bucket Of Mercury

  1. Profile photo of ElectricEye
    ElectricEye Male 50-59
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    April 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    Link: A Bucket Of Mercury - Does anyone else see a problem with this?
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    intrigid Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm
    It`s my understanding that mercury of the elemental variety is safe enough to handle, just bad to breathe in. I could be wrong though.
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    aa2p Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm
    This is Gallium
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    turbotong Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm
    Doesn`t it get absorbed in small but toxic amounts through the skin?
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    paperduck Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm
    Not as dangerous as you may think if he doesn`t have open wounds or ingests it.
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    SminkyPinky Female 30-39
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    April 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm
    why the hell does he have 40kg of mercury?
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    robthelurker Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    you can ingest mercury, its just a stupid ass idea. i think it was csi that had an episode where a boxer was swallowing small amounts of mercury to strengthen himself or some bullpoo reason. i mean, it was on csi (or a show like csi), so take it for whats it worth. csi was a good show, it just went on for too long, and f*ck horatio, just straight up f*ck that motherf*cker. onliner monkey motherf*cker. but i f*cking love wont get fooled again, much better than who are you. i dont even know whats going on for new york. anyways... damn, mercury is pretty. its like a liquid mirror. all viscous and everything put you can clearly see yourself. cool. like a more efficient water mirror thing like in lord of the rings. i dont know what purpose mercury serves beside telling the temperature, but i want some mercury. hey, mercury rising was on last night, lol alec baldwin in the 90s.
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    Solvent Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm
    Now stick yer dick in it.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm
    From a little online research, what I found was that introduction of pure mercury to the body through a small scrape or cut is a serious risk in touching it bare-handed. It can be absorbed through healthy, intact skin, but only through prolonged exposure of hours or days. So, theoretically, if your skin is in good condition, the exposure is brief, and you wash your hands afterwards, you can get away with it. But as one scientist said:

    It is also wise to consider both the risks and the benefits of your actions. Although the chances of being poisoned by touching liquid mercury are very low, how would this action benefit you? My recommendation would be to wear thin gloves if you want to get the "feel" of this material.
    Mercury vapors (produced by heating the elemental mercury) or mercury that has combined with certain other elements is highly toxic, of course.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm
    aa2p is correct, this is not mercury. Mercury is more dense and does not wade like water in the way that Gallium does. Also, I believe both are toxic, but only Mercury can be absorbed through the skin because of it molecular density.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    @Aa2p and Cobrakiller: I disagree. It`s mercury. Elemental mercury *does* ripple and shimmer like that. Also, if you watch the drops of mercury falling off his fingers into the pool below (0:10 to 0:20 into the video), they appear to have very high density--far more than you`d see with gallium.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    It looked like a pensieve
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    The phrase "Mad as a hatter" came about because milliners used mercury to polish the had when it was completed. Eventually the mercury poisoning would drive them goofy.
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    PinkRhoid Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm
    If Mercury, could`ve worn a glove and dust mask. If Gallium, who cares.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    April 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm
    Mercury is not as toxic in the pure metallic form as it is in a soluble salt, but that was still idiotic. If nothing else, the mercury (or gallium or bismuth) is now contaminated with skin oil and whatever else he had on his hand.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    @OldOlie: See? You totally rock when it comes to science posts. =^.^=
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    soundman655 Male 50-59
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    April 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    What does it taste like, I wonder?
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    Burgh Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm
    At least he didn`t have jewelry on, it reacts quite quickly with gold to make an amalgam. Had this been Gallium the steel bucket would not be a great thing to store it in.
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    chicagojay Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2013 at 5:58 pm
    Lets put millions of small containers of this around the USA. Use very thin glass to enclose it. Make sure that at least 90% of these thin glass containers of mercury are thrown in landfills. Tell everyone it is for the environment. Congrats, you are the government.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm
    @Chicagojay: You`re absolutely right about that. I hope the new LED light bulbs make the compact fluorescents obsolete quickly. Have you tried them? They`re AWESOME. I highly recommend the Cree brand LED light bulbs, which are available at Home Depot.

    "Daylight" if you like whitish/bluish light, "Warm White" if you prefer a yellower, more incandescent-like hue. They generate little heat, turn on at 100% intensity (unlike some compact fluorescents), save energy... and last 25,000 hours. At 5 hrs/day, that would be about 14 years. And no mercury. I think they`re the best thing since sliced bread.

    LINK
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    HOBOMOE Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 7:04 pm
    Neat
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm
    ollie, while it is less toxic alone, this would still not be a great idea.

    squirlz, it could just be the video, but when working with mercury in the past, it seemed a little thicker than water. This however seems to have similar properties to water in its movements.
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    Runemang Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm
    If it WERE mercury, yeah, it absorbs through the skin very easily so this is freaking stupid. That guy would have had more exposure in those few seconds than industrial workers would see in a career lifetime of working with it (I know, my company USED to use it). OSHA considers anything over 0.1 mg/m^3 to be hazardous ... I`d say he has significantly more than that (again, IF it were mercury).
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    April 27, 2013 at 8:16 pm
    right before he drops it off at the vaccine plant.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    April 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    I hope the new LED light bulbs make the compact fluorescents obsolete quickly.
    S4S, I couldn`t agree more. I refuse to bring a CFL into my house. When I heard they were going to outlaw incandescent bulbs, I went out and bought enough to last me the rest of my life.

    However, I will certainly give LEDs a shot, but not at the early-adopter price. ;-)
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm
    Did you know that a bug tube of that would be indistinguishable from a solid metal bar to an X-Ray machine? AFAIK the TSA does not swab for mercury residues. Did you know that mercury rapidly corrodes aluminium alloys? Did you know that aircraft pressurised cabins are made of aluminium alloys? Imagine a vessel of that stuff opens up and some mercury runs into a hidden nook or cranny on the aircraft. Mercury is a potentially catastrophic and unstoppable risk and I hope the powers that be wise up to the danger.
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2013 at 12:19 am
    Don`t worry, he`ll wash his hands afterwards.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    April 28, 2013 at 2:02 am
    You will probably find mercury spread out all over the pure and virgin countryside of America.
    Thunderclappers!
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    ScottO198 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2013 at 2:14 am
    Yes I know mercury is toxic, but don`t worry, I will rinse my hands off with nuclear waste.
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    tuapui Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2013 at 2:54 am
    did you know that a big tube of that would be too heavy to be allowed as carry-on? and would be too suspicious not to be checked? and containers of more than 100ml of fluid is not allowed? i don`t think it would be a problem really.
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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2013 at 3:09 am
    OldOllie: I went and bought LEDs about four years ago (and they cost a pretty penny), I haven`t had to change any of them yet, and my electric bill has markedly decreased.
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    CoffeeTalk Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2013 at 3:14 am
    That didn`t impress me! He should have dunked a donut in it and ate it. "That" would have been impressive.
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    Sleepyhallow Male 50-59
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    April 28, 2013 at 4:16 am
    The video maker obviously doesn`t realize the toxic nature of mercury is absorbed through the skin.

    Every once in a while won`t hurt you but the cumulative effect over time will drive you mad as a hatter .
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    godthaab Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2013 at 8:21 am
    What do you do with 40 kilos of mercury?
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    Wendypants Female 30-39
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    April 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm
    The sound of the mercury droplets falling was what really struck me as cool. Also, the guys a dumbass... it doesn`t take much to put on a latex/vinyl glove.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    @Wendypants: I agree. *clack clack clack*! Like large steel ball bearings falling into a container of same. Very cool.
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    rubbiten Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2013 at 6:41 am
    that is.... strangely erotic
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    ssalty Male 60-69
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    April 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm
    I just looked. Mercury is priced at $3,450. That bucket must be worth a bundle. I remember playing with the mercury when our old thermometers broke (Yeah, I`m old.). If you rubbed it on a (silver) quarter it shined it up really well.

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