TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
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?
@Kat ________________________________ LIFE1 pays for LIFE2
Kat Nagel MasterWork Consulting Services, Rochester, NY
LIFE1 (technical writing/document design) katnagel -at- eznet -dot- net
(health reference service) mediref -at- mcls -dot- rochester -dot- lib -dot- ny -dot- us
LIFE2 (vocal chamber music) PlaynSong -at- aol -dot- com