Re: CHAT about chemical safety

Subject: Re: CHAT about chemical safety
From: Marilynne Smith <mrsmith -at- CTS -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 1996 15:07:00 PST

And here I thought *I* was an adventuresome student.!

At 08:10 AM 4/4/96 -0500, Kat Nagel/MasterWork wrote:
>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

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Marilynne Smith
mrsmith -at- cts -dot- com

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