A Bucket Of Mercury

Submitted by: ElectricEye 4 years ago in Weird

Does anyone else see a problem with this?
There are 38 comments:
Male 228
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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Male 145
that is.... strangely erotic
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Male 6,227
@Wendypants: I agree. *clack clack clack*! Like large steel ball bearings falling into a container of same. Very cool.
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Female 2,415
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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Male 220
What do you do with 40 kilos of mercury?
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Male 1,983
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 [who used to use mercury to form the felt of hats].
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Male 196
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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Male 5,094
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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Male 94
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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Male 83
Yes I know mercury is toxic, but don`t worry, I will rinse my hands off with nuclear waste.
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Male 5,872
You will probably find mercury spread out all over the pure and virgin countryside of America.
Thunderclappers!
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Male 1,803
Don`t worry, he`ll wash his hands afterwards.
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Male 15,187
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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Male 15,832
[quote]I hope the new LED light bulbs make the compact fluorescents obsolete quickly. [/quote]
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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Female 4,359
right before he drops it off at the vaccine plant.
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Male 2,675
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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Male 7,817
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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Male 515
Neat
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Male 6,227
@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.

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Male 2,100
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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Male 300
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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Male 1,558
What does it taste like, I wonder?
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Male 6,227
@OldOlie: See? You totally rock when it comes to science posts. =^.^=
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Male 15,832
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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Male 1,239
If Mercury, could`ve worn a glove and dust mask. If Gallium, who cares.
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Male 39,614

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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Male 39,614

It looked like a pensieve
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Male 6,227
@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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Male 7,817
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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Male 6,227
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:

[quote]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.[/quote]
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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Male 2,841
Now stick yer dick in it.
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Male 3,626
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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Female 233
why the hell does he have 40kg of mercury?
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Male 1,745
Not as dangerous as you may think if he doesn`t have open wounds or ingests it.
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Male 600
Doesn`t it get absorbed in small but toxic amounts through the skin?
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Male 23
This is Gallium
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Male 914
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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Male 2,729
Link: A Bucket Of Mercury [Rate Link] - Does anyone else see a problem with this?
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