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magnumman 12-05-2012 02:34 PM

Highschool chemical attack
 
This is the nonsense that occurs at Americas public schools.

http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/article/285396/8/School-locked-down-over-thermometer

MoreAltitude 12-05-2012 02:54 PM

That sir, is truly mindboggeling! A HazMat team, really? Glad I wasn't there, someone might have noticed the tritium in my watch face and quarantined the whole town! Elemental mercury is only dangerous in vapor form (yes there are other very dangerous forms used in specific applications). Exposure to a little liquid is unlikely to cause any harm, let alone major health effects. Many older people remember playing around with mercury from broken thermometers when they were kids; they haven’t all died.

Overkill0084 12-05-2012 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by MoreAltitude (Post 1039944)
That sir, is truly mindboggeling! A HazMat team, really? Glad I wasn't there, someone might have noticed the tritium in my watch face and quarantined the whole town! Elemental mercury is only dangerous in vapor form (yes there are other very dangerous forms used in specific applications). Exposure to a little liquid is unlikely to cause any harm, let alone major health effects. Many older people remember playing around with mercury from broken thermometers when they were kids; they haven't all died.

Me for one. In science class at school in California of all places.

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One student brought in mercury -- contained within a thermometer -- and the school went into lockdown.
IT WAS CONTAINED IN THE THERMOMETER! It only becomes hazmat if the thermometer is broken. I wonder if these same morons have ever had one of those CFL lights break in their homes? Did they call for a full hazmat response?

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Mosin 12-05-2012 03:11 PM

Better call and tell them that their parking lot is full of cars with LEAD batteries!!!!!!

primer1 12-05-2012 04:01 PM

My physics teacher had a small container of mercury, he would let us play with it. When I stuck my finger in it (joke time), I could feel it create bouyancy because it was so dense compared to my finger.

winds-of-change 12-05-2012 04:05 PM

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Originally Posted by MoreAltitude (Post 1039944)
Many older people remember playing around with mercury from broken thermometers when they were kids;

We did all the time. We kept it in a little jar when we weren't playing with it. http://smileydatabase.com/s/508.gif

rocshaman 12-05-2012 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by primer1 (Post 1040038)
My physics teacher had a small container of mercury, he would let us play with it. When I stuck my finger in it (joke time), I could feel it create bouyancy because it was so dense compared to my finger.

Same thing when I was a kid, the teacher had us pass it around class to check out its properties. I remember it would leave a silverish smudge on your skin. We thought it was cool and we're all still alive and kicking.

primer1 12-05-2012 04:19 PM

And to think they say it causes drain bramage, jeez to think of all the, the, what were we talking about? :)

rocshaman 12-05-2012 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by primer1 (Post 1040058)
And to think they say it causes drain bramage, jeez to think of all the, the, what were we talking about? :)

Nah we were just tougher kids back in those days. Little battery acid here, little mercury there, no biggie... ;)

winds-of-change 12-05-2012 04:41 PM

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Originally Posted by rocshaman (Post 1040083)
Nah we were just tougher kids back in those days. Little battery acid here, little mercury there, no biggie... ;)

The worst thing about battery acid is it would make holes in my clothes. But it didn't make me stoopit like the mercury did. LOL


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