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2011-01-11 09:38:17 AM  
No, no. Make that Quaker State...

i53.tinypic.com
 
2011-01-11 09:54:28 AM  
Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?
 
2011-01-11 10:32:01 AM  
www.collectibles-articles.com
 
2011-01-11 11:04:26 AM  
www.hollywoodtoday.net
 
2011-01-11 12:13:47 PM  
images.uulyrics.com
 
2011-01-11 12:33:09 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
/oblig
 
2011-01-11 12:34:41 PM  
The Green River Killer is upset the pranksters didn't consult him first.
 
2011-01-11 12:34:41 PM  
I actually kind of appreciate the words the spokesman chose ot use.

"In all likelihood it's a hoax. It may be a nontoxic substance, but it's unfortunate that we had to utilize all sorts of resources to investigate this,"

He wasn't like "this could of been a huge security threat endangering all of us!!!"

I have a feeling that had the prankster left a note saying "hey this soandso compound, non toxic test it this way." That the guy would be laughing a bit more.

Oh who am I kidding, had the prankster done that then they would think it's obviously a terrorist.
 
2011-01-11 12:37:55 PM  
Sweet looking trout stream, w/o the flourescence, of course. How's the fishing there?
 
2011-01-11 12:40:03 PM  
Aamelrons: I actually kind of appreciate the words the spokesman chose ot use.

"In all likelihood it's a hoax. It may be a nontoxic substance, but it's unfortunate that we had to utilize all sorts of resources to investigate this,"

He wasn't like "this could of been a huge security threat endangering all of us!!!"

I have a feeling that had the prankster left a note saying "hey this soandso compound, non toxic test it this way." That the guy would be laughing a bit more.

Oh who am I kidding, had the prankster done that then they would think it's obviously a terrorist.


Did you RTFA? The river is in Canada, they don't flip out and go mentally challenged about "turrerests" like down in the states.

1. non-toxic
2. no long term lasting effects
3. prank/hoax


Golf clap for the guys that did it, good job doing something silly and damaging nothing!
 
2011-01-11 12:43:05 PM  
I turn things fluorescent green everyday so I'm getting a kick...
 
2011-01-11 12:44:03 PM  
Shadow Blasko: Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?


He's a "I'm a FARK SCIENTIST!!!" question...

I had military training as an NBC Warfare NCO and understand the concept of dilution of chemicals in threat environments to How frecking much of this Fluorescein did the have to dump in the river to get it THAT green AND to do it for over an hour?!?!?!
55 gallon drum??
 
2011-01-11 12:45:53 PM  
Today's Last month's "pranksters turn river fluorescent green" story brought to you by Prestone

It got the local news station fairly excited and they rushed a camera truck out there, but by the time it was set up the river was back to normal. It didn't take too long for people to recognize that it was probably that harmless green dye, although of course the hazmat team did take some samples for testing. It's a salmon-spawning river so they're quite concerned about water quality.
 
2011-01-11 12:46:26 PM  
All I know is that if I see a river that is fluorescent green is I ain't getting near it. I live close to a large nuclear facility and will be running for the hills if I ever see something like that.
 
2011-01-11 12:47:50 PM  
ChipNASA: Shadow Blasko: Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?

He's a "I'm a FARK SCIENTIST!!!" question...

I had military training as an NBC Warfare NCO and understand the concept of dilution of chemicals in threat environments to How frecking much of this Fluorescein did the have to dump in the river to get it THAT green AND to do it for over an hour?!?!?!
55 gallon drum??


Meh, this stuff used to be used to turn rivers green for St Patricks day parades.
 
2011-01-11 12:48:13 PM  
DJ_Ian_S: Aamelrons: I actually kind of appreciate the words the spokesman chose ot use.

"In all likelihood it's a hoax. It may be a nontoxic substance, but it's unfortunate that we had to utilize all sorts of resources to investigate this,"

He wasn't like "this could of been a huge security threat endangering all of us!!!"

I have a feeling that had the prankster left a note saying "hey this soandso compound, non toxic test it this way." That the guy would be laughing a bit more.

Oh who am I kidding, had the prankster done that then they would think it's obviously a terrorist.

Did you RTFA? The river is in Canada, they don't flip out and go mentally challenged about "turrerests" like down in the states.

1. non-toxic
2. no long term lasting effects
3. prank/hoax


Golf clap for the guys that did it, good job doing something silly and damaging nothing!


You're forgetting the bible bangers that think this is the beginning of the end.
 
2011-01-11 12:50:24 PM  
Angusmeats: Sweet looking trout stream, w/o the flourescence, of course. How's the fishing there?

rlv.zcache.com
 
2011-01-11 12:51:22 PM  
Loki009: ChipNASA: Shadow Blasko: Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?

He's a "I'm a FARK SCIENTIST!!!" question...

I had military training as an NBC Warfare NCO and understand the concept of dilution of chemicals in threat environments to How frecking much of this Fluorescein did the have to dump in the river to get it THAT green AND to do it for over an hour?!?!?!
55 gallon drum??

Meh, this stuff used to be used to turn rivers green for St Patricks day parades.



Fluorescein.....
HOW DOES IT WORK??!?!?!?
 
2011-01-11 12:52:59 PM  
At first they thought it was toxic, but it's snot.
 
2011-01-11 12:54:04 PM  
users.skynet.be
 
2011-01-11 12:57:17 PM  
Loki009: ChipNASA: Shadow Blasko: Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?

He's a "I'm a FARK SCIENTIST!!!" question...

I had military training as an NBC Warfare NCO and understand the concept of dilution of chemicals in threat environments to How frecking much of this Fluorescein did the have to dump in the river to get it THAT green AND to do it for over an hour?!?!?!
55 gallon drum??

Meh, this stuff used to be used to turn rivers green for St Patricks day parades.


A little bit of the stuff goes a very long way. I use it for work, but I would just guess that on that scale maybe a bucket of the powder would work.
 
2011-01-11 12:58:03 PM  
LeroyBourne: DJ_Ian_S: Aamelrons: I actually kind of appreciate the words the spokesman chose ot use.

"In all likelihood it's a hoax. It may be a nontoxic substance, but it's unfortunate that we had to utilize all sorts of resources to investigate this,"

He wasn't like "this could of been a huge security threat endangering all of us!!!"

I have a feeling that had the prankster left a note saying "hey this soandso compound, non toxic test it this way." That the guy would be laughing a bit more.

Oh who am I kidding, had the prankster done that then they would think it's obviously a terrorist.

Did you RTFA? The river is in Canada, they don't flip out and go mentally challenged about "turrerests" like down in the states.

1. non-toxic
2. no long term lasting effects
3. prank/hoax


Golf clap for the guys that did it, good job doing something silly and damaging nothing!

You're forgetting the bible bangers that think this is the beginning of the end.


Ah, my bad.
I actually had a fun run-in with one of those yesterday when I was getting some small items from the gas station.
(note: I have large piercings in my ears)

her-"you're one of them arent you?"
me-"excuse me?"
her-"one of those loonies thats trying to end the world with your rituals"
me-"sorry, I really don't follow what you-"
her-"don't you lie to me, youre like that shooter guy a weirdy"
me-"have a nice day ma'am"

I moved to another part of the store to avoid the crazy old bat, but wouldn't you know it a police car has pulled in, probably to refill the coffee.

her-(outside now by the cop)-"officer that man over there isnt right, he looks like a weirdy and a freak (didnt hear the rest)

I wound up talking to the cop, who made all the effort he could not to laugh about the situation, he explained to me that the woman asked him to place me "under protective arrest" so I wouldn't be able to commit any "godless crimes against americans" The cop checked my I.D and I was free to go.

Please note: I am not brown in any way, I have 1 inch diameter holes in my earlobes, and was wearing a shirt that has this printed on it, so I guess I could see the old crone's point.

shirt image below.
wearscience.com
 
2011-01-11 12:59:28 PM  
Andy Andy: Loki009: ChipNASA: Shadow Blasko: Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?

He's a "I'm a FARK SCIENTIST!!!" question...

I had military training as an NBC Warfare NCO and understand the concept of dilution of chemicals in threat environments to How frecking much of this Fluorescein did the have to dump in the river to get it THAT green AND to do it for over an hour?!?!?!
55 gallon drum??

Meh, this stuff used to be used to turn rivers green for St Patricks day parades.

A little bit of the stuff goes a very long way. I use it for work, but I would just guess that on that scale maybe a bucket of the powder would work.


Yeah, thats about what I was thinking. 5 gallons of ready mix, maybe less, but since you can get it in buckets, I would guess that would be the size they used. A drum would cost too much for something like this.

Now, at Niagra.. I would use a barrel or two.

/That would be awesome.
 
2011-01-11 01:00:52 PM  
If you dose that stuff into a river or maybe a lake, and the fish eat it. Will they then become green fluorescent? That would make some cool night fishing with the right wavelength light, once the water goes back to normal.
 
2011-01-11 01:11:26 PM  
"a synthetic organic compound"

Science farkers, 'splain.
 
2011-01-11 01:11:56 PM  
undercity?
 
2011-01-11 01:13:48 PM  
Rickenbacker: "a synthetic organic compound"

Science farkers, 'splain.


this organic isn't the same as food organic. organic in this sense means composed of basic elements like carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, phosphorus, nitrogen, maybe a couple others.
 
2011-01-11 01:18:41 PM  
Rickenbacker: "a synthetic organic compound"

Science farkers, 'splain.


Organic chemicals contain carbon (though there are some that are, for historical reasons, not considered organic). From Wikipedia:

An organic compound is any member of a large class of gaseous, liquid, or solid chemical compounds whose molecules contain carbon. . . . Organic compounds may be classified in a variety of ways. One major distinction is between natural and synthetic compounds.

 
2011-01-11 01:18:42 PM  
Rickenbacker: "a synthetic organic compound"

Science farkers, 'splain.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2011-01-11 01:18:59 PM  
I drink this stuff for my sci fi money shots, got the idea from Vanilla Ice- Will it ever stop yo I don't know
Turn off the lights and I'll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump biatch like a candle

/but if he prefers to wax chumps, nttawwt
 
2011-01-11 01:19:23 PM  
Rickenbacker: "a synthetic organic compound"

Science farkers, 'splain.


Link
 
2011-01-11 01:20:10 PM  
Loki009: ChipNASA: Shadow Blasko: Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?

He's a "I'm a FARK SCIENTIST!!!" question...

I had military training as an NBC Warfare NCO and understand the concept of dilution of chemicals in threat environments to How frecking much of this Fluorescein did the have to dump in the river to get it THAT green AND to do it for over an hour?!?!?!
55 gallon drum??

Meh, this stuff used to be used to turn rivers green for St Patricks day parades.


Nope. Only the first time. Now they use vegetable dyes.
 
jvl
2011-01-11 01:27:59 PM  
DJ_Ian_S: Please note: I am not brown in any way, I have 1 inch diameter holes in my earlobes, and was wearing a shirt that has this printed on it, so I guess I could see the old crone's point.

You have 1" diameter holes in your earlobes, and you think the crazy lady was the only thing the cop was laughing at?
 
2011-01-11 01:28:13 PM  
Rickenbacker: "a synthetic organic compound"

Science farkers, 'splain.


I'll give it a shot. As implied above, organic refers to the use of carbon as in organic chemistry:

Abner Doon: Rickenbacker: "a synthetic organic compound"

Science farkers, 'splain.

Link


Carbon is the basis of life, life is made up of organisms, thus organic chemistry. This is a carbon based chemical that glows green. One such chemical is called Alexa 488. It looks like this:

www.m-biotech.co.kr

When excited it emits a peak at a wavelength of 488, which to us is green. Green is just one of many colors you have to choose from. Link (new window)
 
2011-01-11 01:41:44 PM  
He could get a job in Chicago

eyeofthefish.org
 
2011-01-11 01:46:07 PM  
ChipNASA: Shadow Blasko: Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?

He's a "I'm a FARK SCIENTIST!!!" question...

I had military training as an NBC Warfare NCO and understand the concept of dilution of chemicals in threat environments to How frecking much of this Fluorescein did the have to dump in the river to get it THAT green AND to do it for over an hour?!?!?!
55 gallon drum??


I've worked with fluorescein in the lab. It's pretty bright stuff, especially in sunlight, so I'd imagine it wouldn't take much...expecially if somebody just dumped the powder into the river.

Let's see...I would estimate that a fluoresceinated protein at 1 mg/mL is bright enough to color the solution. For the protein I've seen, that translates to about 150 micromolar fluoresceine. At 0.332 kDa, that makes about 50 micrograms per mL of fluoresceine. Assuming a river 30 ft wide by 1 ft deep by 1 km long, you have about 3 million liters of water.

At 0.050 g/L fluoresceine, that gives you 150 kg of solid fluorescein that would be required. Seems reasonable in terms of logistics.

The bigger problem is cost. The cheapest grade of fluorescein that I found in a cursory glance at Sigma is $243 per kg, meaning that 150 kg would be over $36,000. That's a pretty expensive prank. But, I guess there must be lower grades of fluorescein available for non-laboratory applications. Alternatively, it could have been stolen.
 
2011-01-11 01:47:46 PM  
jvl: DJ_Ian_S: Please note: I am not brown in any way, I have 1 inch diameter holes in my earlobes, and was wearing a shirt that has this printed on it, so I guess I could see the old crone's point.

You have 1" diameter holes in your earlobes, and you think the crazy lady was the only thing the cop was laughing at?


Those should have no sway over who I am or what I could potentially be up to. Earrings especially large diameter ones are very common amongst my age range, as well as being a student of ancient cultures and civilizations I wear them as a way to celebrate the fact that large diameter ear lobes where a sign of nobility or royalty in ancient cultures.

Whereas people have nice watches, cars, houses these days The ancients wore large jewelry as a sign of their importance and wealth.

Also they look pretty rad too, and are not uncommon in the area I am in.
Pretty much as commonly accepted as a tattoo, and funfact: the first time anyone has made a stink about them was yesterday, and well now from you.

eh, to each their own though!
Cheers!
 
2011-01-11 01:49:39 PM  
Shadow Blasko: Andy Andy: Loki009: ChipNASA: Shadow Blasko: Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?

He's a "I'm a FARK SCIENTIST!!!" question...

I had military training as an NBC Warfare NCO and understand the concept of dilution of chemicals in threat environments to How frecking much of this Fluorescein did the have to dump in the river to get it THAT green AND to do it for over an hour?!?!?!
55 gallon drum??

Meh, this stuff used to be used to turn rivers green for St Patricks day parades.

A little bit of the stuff goes a very long way. I use it for work, but I would just guess that on that scale maybe a bucket of the powder would work.

Yeah, thats about what I was thinking. 5 gallons of ready mix, maybe less, but since you can get it in buckets, I would guess that would be the size they used. A drum would cost too much for something like this.

Now, at Niagra.. I would use a barrel or two.

/That would be awesome.


Interesting...I've only encountered highly purified fluorescein for work in a bio lab so I didn't realize you could just get buckets of the stuff.

What do people use the stuff for outside of a science lab?
 
2011-01-11 01:55:46 PM  
+1 internets to you, Barbigazi, it was the firs thing I thought of too.
 
jvl
2011-01-11 02:07:56 PM  
DJ_Ian_S: Those should have no sway over who I am

Heh heh. You have long ears and said sway.

Cheers.
 
2011-01-11 02:10:12 PM  

cs30109: Shadow Blasko: Andy Andy: Loki009: ChipNASA: Shadow Blasko: Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?

He's a "I'm a FARK SCIENTIST!!!" question...

I had military training as an NBC Warfare NCO and understand the concept of dilution of chemicals in threat environments to How frecking much of this Fluorescein did the have to dump in the river to get it THAT green AND to do it for over an hour?!?!?!
55 gallon drum??

Meh, this stuff used to be used to turn rivers green for St Patricks day parades.

A little bit of the stuff goes a very long way. I use it for work, but I would just guess that on that scale maybe a bucket of the powder would work.

Yeah, thats about what I was thinking. 5 gallons of ready mix, maybe less, but since you can get it in buckets, I would guess that would be the size they used. A drum would cost too much for something like this.

Now, at Niagra.. I would use a barrel or two.

/That would be awesome.

Interesting...I've only encountered highly purified fluorescein for work in a bio lab so I didn't realize you could just get buckets of the stuff.

What do people use the stuff for outside of a science lab?


AC leak detection. . GE uses it to detect surface ridges or impurities on metals used for aircraft engines. There are a lot uses for it.
 
2011-01-11 02:15:31 PM  
tacojohn: All I know is that if I see a river that is fluorescent green is I ain't getting near it. I live close to a large nuclear facility and will be running for the hills if I ever see something like that.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-01-11 02:18:54 PM  
cs30109: Shadow Blasko: Andy Andy: Loki009: ChipNASA: Shadow Blasko: Fluorescein is awesome .. Love that stuff.


/Isn't this kinda old news?

He's a "I'm a FARK SCIENTIST!!!" question...

I had military training as an NBC Warfare NCO and understand the concept of dilution of chemicals in threat environments to How frecking much of this Fluorescein did the have to dump in the river to get it THAT green AND to do it for over an hour?!?!?!
55 gallon drum??

Meh, this stuff used to be used to turn rivers green for St Patricks day parades.

A little bit of the stuff goes a very long way. I use it for work, but I would just guess that on that scale maybe a bucket of the powder would work.

Yeah, thats about what I was thinking. 5 gallons of ready mix, maybe less, but since you can get it in buckets, I would guess that would be the size they used. A drum would cost too much for something like this.

Now, at Niagra.. I would use a barrel or two.

/That would be awesome.

Interesting...I've only encountered highly purified fluorescein for work in a bio lab so I didn't realize you could just get buckets of the stuff.

What do people use the stuff for outside of a science lab?


To turn rivers green. Duh.
 
2011-01-11 02:36:59 PM  
jvl: DJ_Ian_S: Those should have no sway over who I am

Heh heh. You have long ears and said sway.

Cheers.


Haha, I just noticed that!
Thanks for brightening part of my dreary day!

/seriously, no sarcasm
//thanks dude!
 
2011-01-11 03:03:26 PM  
Barbigazi

leaving satisfied, thank you :)
 
2011-01-11 03:18:35 PM  
Meh, it's just a prank by some of the hicks that live out in that part of the island.
 
2011-01-11 03:20:55 PM  
I suspect that it is this:

http://www.abbeycolor.com/rhodamine-wt.php


Used in ground water testing


Showed up in our well water once when they were testing ground water flow in a sinkhole area about 25 miles away.
 
2011-01-11 03:25:35 PM  
Let me correct myself:

http://www.abbeycolor.com/uranine.php
 
2011-01-11 03:26:00 PM  
I must have been the only one that read that as:
Today's "pranksters turn river fluorescent green" story brought to you by Prescot.

/not satisfied
 
2011-01-11 03:35:21 PM  
Aamelrons: What do people use the stuff for outside of a science lab?

Article mentions for groundwater flow testing.

I would imagine that there are medical applications as well. You know, to test the speed of your urinary tract without having to eat broccoli.

It could probably also speed rank your digestive tract without having to eat beets or corn.
 
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