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(WTSP)   Not news: High school chemistry teacher asks students to bring in a substance from the Periodic Table of Elements. Fark: School gets locked down over a thermometer   (wtsp.com) divider line 25
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2012-12-04 02:40:17 PM
7 votes:
I'd like to get one of those periodic tables. It would go great with my occasional chair.
2012-12-04 02:13:17 PM
4 votes:
Frickin' pikers, in my day we'd have risen to that challenge by bringing in AT LEAST an ounce of Plutonium-even if we DID have to rip off the Libyans to get it.
2012-12-04 02:12:13 PM
4 votes:

Fark: School gets locked down over a thermometer


They sound mercurial.
2012-12-04 02:17:08 PM
3 votes:
Don' tell them there's mercury in all those 4ft. fluorescent lights hanging over their heads.

The stupid has infected this country. Time to start over.
2012-12-04 01:04:10 PM
3 votes:

urban.derelict: It was pretty cool to pour it [Mercury] back and forth from one hand to the other,



This explains... much
2012-12-04 02:36:24 PM
2 votes:

Tommy Moo: I could list a dozen things more toxic than mercury that are allowed in school.


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2012-12-04 02:32:25 PM
2 votes:

gerbilpox: While we were taking a very tough Biology exam, our teacher dropped a chunk of sodium in a beaker of water. (Just for the lulz.) Did a hell of a lot more damage than a damned thermometer.


It's better to teach the kids about sodium using that rock and roll music they like so much ...


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2012-12-04 02:30:24 PM
2 votes:
Would be funnier if it were a digital thermometer.
2012-12-04 02:23:41 PM
2 votes:
True Fact: Mercury is a vicious sentient susbstance that can leap in the mouth of unsuspecting victims from three meters away.

That school is guilty of criminal negligence for not calling in the army.
2012-12-04 05:23:01 PM
1 votes:
Mercury Thermometer? Ha! Back in the day we used to stick those things up our butts!
2012-12-04 04:37:38 PM
1 votes:
wiseolddude
...We would rub it on pennies and other objects...

Well, I read that wrong.
2012-12-04 03:35:04 PM
1 votes:

AugieDoggyDaddy: In my junior high school physics class we had a beaker with about 2 inches of mercury for anybody to play with. Also had a baby in a jar.


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Nobody puts baby in a jar!
2012-12-04 03:30:21 PM
1 votes:
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2012-12-04 03:24:17 PM
1 votes:
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2012-12-04 03:22:52 PM
1 votes:
can't bring in Substance D either..

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2012-12-04 03:17:33 PM
1 votes:

notmtwain: UMTIR?

// unwanted mercury thermometer in rectum?

// Hey, don't shoot the messenger.


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2012-12-04 02:54:57 PM
1 votes:
The mental picture of a hazmat crew in full suit carrying around a thermometer amuses me to no end. I don't care what the reasoning this is a perfect example of what we have been reduced to.
2012-12-04 02:42:27 PM
1 votes:

mcreadyblue: Tickle Mittens: The Irresponsible Captain: Wha? When did a mercury thermometer become hazardous? There must have been hundreds of those things around my school, especially, you know, for taking the temperature of things in Science class.

Take away science and all you get is... Floridians.

If the thermometer breaks, the mercury cleanup is a pain in the ass. Given the potential to damage particularly if theres aluminum the mercury can get to, calling professionals saved money if anything went wrong. Usually, it's a money loser, but if it's done every single time Hg might be spilled, that overreaction probably saves money.

Plus, HAZMAT Team must make sure budget cuts never effect them.


Well, any area of any size has to have one, just in case. So there are a lot of sunk costs. The real cost of the incident are tax-free gas that might not otherwise have been used, and what? I think it's a big deal over nothing like anyone else, I just don't see the authorities' response as particularly irrational. It's Florida and no one ended up shot, doesn't that have to be marked in the "Win" column?
2012-12-04 02:37:00 PM
1 votes:

Tommy Moo: Jesus flipping Christ. I'm a chemist. I speak with authority: mercury is really not that toxic. Doctors used to prescribe it as a laxative. Granted, you don't want to be around if someone drops it on a stove, as inhaling the vapor can cause problems, but this school is completely buttfarking stupid. I could list a dozen things more toxic than mercury that are allowed in school.

Which isn't to say the assignment wasn't stupid. Literally "everything is from the periodic table."


Seriously, it'll just be 30 kids with aluminum cans and the one smartass who "brought nitrogen."
2012-12-04 02:36:49 PM
1 votes:
Just give them something to read.

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/tell them to get hammered
2012-12-04 02:21:48 PM
1 votes:
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2012-12-04 02:18:05 PM
1 votes:
Wha? When did a mercury thermometer become hazardous? There must have been hundreds of those things around my school, especially, you know, for taking the temperature of things in Science class.

Take away science and all you get is... Floridians.
2012-12-04 02:17:39 PM
1 votes:
As long as the themometer is not broken it is still safe enough to put up your bum.
2012-12-04 02:16:02 PM
1 votes:

brantgoose: Stupid Mercury.

Now I can't show the class my Polonium.


Pussy. I go plutonium or I go home.
2012-12-04 02:13:34 PM
1 votes:
Stupid Mercury.

Now I can't show the class my Polonium.
 
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