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A Bucket Of Mercury

Hits: 7335 | Rating: (3.4) | Category: Weird | Added by: ElectricEye
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Male, 60-69, Western US
 227 Posts
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 7:42:52 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.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 145 Posts
Monday, April 29, 2013 6:41:31 AM
that is.... strangely erotic

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, April 28, 2013 6:12:39 PM
@Wendypants: I agree. *clack clack clack*! Like large steel ball bearings falling into a container of same. Very cool.

Female, 30-39, Canada
 2427 Posts
Sunday, April 28, 2013 4:08:32 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.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 220 Posts
Sunday, April 28, 2013 8:21:07 AM
What do you do with 40 kilos of mercury?

Male, 50-59, Western US
 1945 Posts
Sunday, April 28, 2013 4:16:40 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 [who used to use mercury to form the felt of hats].

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 193 Posts
Sunday, April 28, 2013 3:14:01 AM
That didn't impress me! He should have dunked a donut in it and ate it. "That" would have been impressive.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 5046 Posts
Sunday, April 28, 2013 3:09:11 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.

Male, 18-29, Asia
 94 Posts
Sunday, April 28, 2013 2:54:11 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.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 83 Posts
Sunday, April 28, 2013 2:14:17 AM
Yes I know mercury is toxic, but don't worry, I will rinse my hands off with nuclear waste.

Male, 50-59, Europe
 5843 Posts
Sunday, April 28, 2013 2:02:17 AM
You will probably find mercury spread out all over the pure and virgin countryside of America.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 1754 Posts
Sunday, April 28, 2013 12:19:38 AM
Don't worry, he'll wash his hands afterwards.

Male, 40-49, Asia
 13925 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:13:37 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.

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15860 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:37:35 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.

Female, 40-49, Australia
 4316 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:16:19 PM
right before he drops it off at the vaccine plant.

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2682 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:10:00 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).

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 6998 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 7:51:08 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.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 515 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 7:04:16 PM

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 6:56:06 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.


Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 2021 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 5:58:46 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.

Male, 40-49, Western US
 300 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 5:53:22 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.

Male, 50-59, Canada
 1560 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 5:45:57 PM
What does it taste like, I wonder?

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 5:19:23 PM
@OldOlie: See? You totally rock when it comes to science posts. =^.^=

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15860 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 4:55:41 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.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1242 Posts
Saturday, April 27, 2013 4:45:38 PM
If Mercury, could've worn a glove and dust mask. If Gallium, who cares.

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