CHAT about chemical safety

Subject: CHAT about chemical safety
From: Kat Nagel/MasterWork <katnagel -at- EZNET -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 08:10:58 -0500

I remember playing with mercury too, mostly from things like broken
thermometers. It's so beautiful and fascinating by its desire to maintain a
ball or puddle shape.

(Had I but known...)

We used to have mercury races in our freshman chemistry lab. We'd draw
straws (matches, actually) to decide whose thermometer to break (we had to
pay for replacements to our equipment kits). Then we'd line up a bunch of
little mercury bubbles on the edge of the lab bench, about 18 inches apart.
The racers would blow their bubbles across the surface of the lab bench
toward the central sink. Some folks liked to blow cross-ways and 'capture'
other mercury bubbles. Occasionally, someone would inhale at the wrong

Anybody ever stick their finger in a beaker of DMSO and watch the liquid
level go down as the solvent was absorbed through the skin?

Anybody ever wonder why chemists have the shortest life span of any
professional occupational group?

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