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Don’t try this at home.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Mailman, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    You tube “scientist” floats a 110 lb. anvil in a tub of mercury. It’s cool to watch, but you have to wander if this guy is playing with a full deck.
  2. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    He might have been at the time, but he won't be down the road after snorting mercury fumes...
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  3. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Cool! He's been hitting the mercury a bit?


    Mercury may affect the nervous system, leading to neurological symptoms such as:

    nervousness or anxiety
    irritability or mood changes
    memory problems
    physical tremors
    As the levels of mercury in the body rise, more symptoms will appear. These symptoms may vary depending on a person’s age and exposure levels. Adults with mercury poisoning may experience symptoms such as:

    muscle weakness
    metallic taste in the mouth
    nausea and vomiting
    lack of motor skills or feeling uncoordinated
    inability to feel in the hands, face, or other areas
    changes in vision, hearing, or speech
    difficulty breathing
    difficulty walking or standing straight

  4. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Yeah, I saw that and thought that is certainly enough to kill you, and he had gallons of the stuff stored in old anti freeze bottles. Where the heck could you even buy that much toxic crap?
    And no respirator in sight either.
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  5. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    Holy Cripes!!! :yikes: Where was that, Mailman, so I can avoid that area for the next...... forever. Where, indeed, would you buy that much of one of the most toxic substances extant. There's enough there to kill MILLIONS!!! :wtf:
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  6. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Lots of stupid there! Lots & lots of it!
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  7. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Just because someone calls them-self a “researcher“ or a “scientist”....it doesn’t make them smart or wise (definitely not the same thing). In fact, some of the most foolish people I know have a doctorate in some damn thing or other.

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  8. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I remember as a kid we used to break open a thermometer and pour the mercury out in our hands. Was cool to watch it roll around. Yeah.... mad as hatters we wuz....
    'Course... we dint know better back then.
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  9. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    I did some work using mercury back in 1969.

    Wierd, heavy stuff.
    Doesn't stick to anything.

    Except gold.

    Don't wear any gold rings or jewelry within 10 feet of that stuff. The vapors, few as they are, will find their way to your gold high-school ring, and turn it silver.

    Add to symptoms list:
    - Urges to do stoopid stuff with machinery...
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  10. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    When I was in the 6th grade our science teacher (Mr Bryant) brought a jar of mercury and each kid got a eyedropper full on a paper plate to roll around and coat a penny and such. I`m sure half of them put it in their mouth too.:yikes: When ever a thermometer broke it was scramble time to pick up the little balls of mercury that hit the floor. A highly treasured kid prize in the 50`s.:) I visited a old (no longer in use) lighthouse in Sitka Alaska. The beacon itself was huge and weighed a couple of tons. It was gear driven and did not ride on a bearing but floated in a pool of mercury instead. There is some interesting web stuff on the dangers of being a early lighthouse keeper.
  11. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I too remember mercury being passed around at school ( on the playground ) all the kids were fascinated by the way it rolled around in your hands. Sheesh! Who knew?
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  12. TTManiac

    TTManiac XS650 Member

    Danger is overstated in the modern age. Everything will hurt you. I hear much of the same hysteria about lead. Jus don't cast bullets in poorly ventilated areas. Smoking is bad. So is red meat. So is beer. Motorcycling is dangerous. So are guns. Reality is an avid consumer of fish has more to worry about than the YouTuber. Mercury causes hair loss and he has plenty to spare!
  13. MrBultaco

    MrBultaco it ran before being parked Top Contributor

    I remember coating dimes when I was 5 or 6. Made look like chrome ones. Of coarse back then, all we had were silver coins. Don't remember where we got it, but most bad stuff today was pretty easy to get in the '50s. I worked at a newspaper for 35 years. We used lead, more lead and even melted and recast our own. I don't think anyone had respiratory equipment, not even a mask then. Lots of pressmen lived long (80 years) lives. I worked in photo engraving. We had a 500 gal.? acid etcher for zinc plates. It used a sulfuric acid and nitric acid and water.. Had clouds of yellow smoke throughout the room until we got a 4 ft fan and vented it outside.:). This lasted from '65-'71 until we changed to cold type.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2020
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  14. kshansen

    kshansen XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Agree with those who remember "playing" with mercury in high school. Recall the chemistry lab had a pint bottle of the stuff it was fun to see someone try to lift the bottle the first time! Also there was some as I recall orange powder that when heated with the Bunsen burner you would get some beads of mercury to form. Mercury Oxide?

    And there were a few other things to play with like hydrochloric or sulfuric acid! This brings back some memories of the Chemistry teacher Mrs.Creech! Back in the late 1960's she drove a dark blue 2 stroke Saab with a Ferrari logo on the right front fender!
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  15. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Back in the 70's I worked on Hiller H-12 helicopters. The main transmission was driven by a mercury clutch.... not a Mercury branded clutch... a clutch that used mercury as the centrifugal medium.
  16. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    WOW! :eek:
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  17. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I was curious, so I looked it up. I didn’t think it was found in nature as a liquid metal.

    How is Mercury mined and processed?
    In order to extract mercury from its ores, cinnabar ore is crushed and heated to release the mercury as a vapor. The mercury vapor is then cooled, condensed, and collected.
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  18. GLJ

    GLJ Never go faster than your guardian angle can fly. Top Contributor

    Lot of money to float an anvil.
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  19. cafetools

    cafetools XS650 Addict

    It looked like the Mercury got around how gloves and on his skin?
  20. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    If all the things that should have killed me, did, I'd fill a cemetery.
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