urban.derelict: It was pretty cool to pour it [Mercury] back and forth from one hand to the other,
Tommy Moo: I could list a dozen things more toxic than mercury that are allowed in school.
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.
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.
notmtwain: UMTIR?// unwanted mercury thermometer in rectum?// Hey, don't shoot the messenger.
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.
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."
brantgoose: Stupid Mercury.Now I can't show the class my Polonium.
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