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(CNN)   "If you're a geologist who works with rocks, you've probably licked a lot of rocks," she said   (edition.cnn.com) divider line 100
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2013-06-21 07:54:27 PM
Isn't water a pretty stable compound. I would think it likely that a lot of the water I drink is millions of years of.
 
2013-06-21 08:39:22 PM
that's gotta be a euphemism.
 
2013-06-21 08:59:56 PM
There's a reason they're called rock lickers.
 
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2013-06-21 09:07:11 PM
Suddenly I want to date a geologist.
 
2013-06-21 09:10:03 PM
I can confirm that old geologists did this.  My grandfather used to lick minerals.  He could tell you the different lead and arsenic minerals from California.   He's dead now.
 
2013-06-21 09:24:13 PM
As a gynecologist, I understand completely.

*eyebrow waggle*
 
2013-06-21 09:24:19 PM
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Thought it was just this guy.
 
2013-06-21 09:40:57 PM
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GETTING STONED DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY

/or something
 
2013-06-21 10:24:54 PM
The newest fad sweeping Japan.
 
2013-06-21 10:25:23 PM
Some people lick a lot of toads but typically they're not herpetologists.
 
2013-06-21 10:26:21 PM
Shale we have a few rock puns?  I think so, and I couldn't give two schists about anyone who disagrees.
 
2013-06-21 10:27:49 PM
Is licking rocks gneiss? You breccia!
 
2013-06-21 10:28:16 PM
Any geologist worth their salt can lick a rock and determine whether it's cummingtonite or eurekadumpite.
 
2013-06-21 10:29:35 PM

brap: As a gynecologist, I understand completely.

*eyebrow waggle*


During an international gynecology conference, an English doctor and a French doctor were discussing unusual cases they had treated recently.  "Only last week," the Frenchman said, "a woman came to see me with a clitoris like a melon!"

"Don't be absurd," the Brit exclaimed. "It couldn't have been that big... My God, man, she wouldn't have been able to walk if it were."

"Aah, you English, always thinking about size," replied the Frenchman. "I was talking about the flavour!"
 
2013-06-21 10:34:15 PM
Rocks is a synonym for carpet.
 
2013-06-21 10:34:18 PM

Makh: I can confirm that old geologists did this.  My grandfather used to lick minerals.  He could tell you the different lead and arsenic minerals from California.   He's dead now.


It was still taught in my geology course in the '90s. Silly rock lickers.
 
2013-06-21 10:35:35 PM
My former FIL was a geologist.  This is true.  Licking rocks is a well established tradition among the retarded
 
2013-06-21 10:36:07 PM

gito: Is licking rocks gneiss? You breccia!


Puns are so diabase.
 
2013-06-21 10:36:56 PM

ZAZ: Suddenly I want to date a geologist.


I can give you my uncle's phone number...
 
2013-06-21 10:37:51 PM
Yep, it's halite.
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2013-06-21 10:37:53 PM

sno man: that's gotta be a euphemism.


That's what she said.
 
2013-06-21 10:38:34 PM

WhippingBoy: Rocks is a synonym for carpet.


It's a synonym for stones, you moron.
 
2013-06-21 10:39:11 PM
At least until that rock or pool of water has some cyanide in it or some other equally lethal compound or microbe.
 
2013-06-21 10:39:49 PM
I was actually trained to tell the difference between siltstone and shale/mudstone by using your teeth.  Your teeth are incredibly sensitive that way.
Not sure about the whole mineral ID thing, but hey, whatever works for you.

/Yes I am a geologist.
//Haven't licked and/or bitten any rocks in a long time.
 
2013-06-21 10:40:47 PM
Talk like this is why so many people are misled into becoming gynecologists.
 
2013-06-21 10:41:07 PM
Depends on if the rocks have nice cleavage.
 
2013-06-21 10:41:31 PM

Gyrfalcon: WhippingBoy: Rocks is a synonym for carpet.

It's a synonym for stones, you moron.


...pills, berries, balls even?
 
2013-06-21 10:42:17 PM

Rozinante: gito: Is licking rocks gneiss? You breccia!

Puns are so diabase.


So long as they aren't schist, I enjoy a well-crafted pun.
 
2013-06-21 10:42:38 PM

rev. dave: At least until that rock or pool of water has some cyanide in it or some other equally lethal compound or microbe.


Well, now you're just ruining the surprise.
 
2013-06-21 10:43:21 PM
Stupid rocksuckers!
 
2013-06-21 10:44:01 PM

largedon: I was actually trained to tell the difference between siltstone and shale/mudstone by using your teeth.  Your teeth are incredibly sensitive that way.
Not sure about the whole mineral ID thing, but hey, whatever works for you.

/Yes I am a geologist.
//Haven't licked and/or bitten any rocks in a long time.


Get a job in a real science

/I keed
// as least you're not a psyc major
 
2013-06-21 10:45:29 PM
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He licked a rock.
 
2013-06-21 10:45:33 PM
I take it for granite that this thread will be full if puns. While some may fault us geologists for that, I assure you it's normal for us to thrust in as many puns per post as possible. To offset this reality, I recommend you look into a joint.
 
2013-06-21 10:45:44 PM

brap: As a gynecologist, I understand completely.

*eyebrow waggle*


As a proctologist, I strongly discourage this practice.
 
2013-06-21 10:46:13 PM

EvilEgg: Isn't water a pretty stable compound.


No, water is being created and destroyed all the time. For example plants split off the oxygen during photosynthesis, using the hydrogen + CO2 to make sugars. Even in a sample of pure water the molecules don't stay together; they self-ionize into H+ and OH- and swap these around with neighboring molecules.
 
2013-06-21 10:46:58 PM

Geologist: I take it for granite that this thread will be full if puns. While some may fault us geologists for that, I assure you it's normal for us to thrust in as many puns per post as possible. To offset this reality, I recommend you look into a joint.


Of quartz you would go there.
 
2013-06-21 10:48:50 PM
I used to work for the US Geological Survey. One summer we drilled some rather deep wells into the Michigan Basin and took water samples (the question was, was salt water enroaching on fresh water aquifers a consequence of over exploitation, or just a natural process. Sort of like global warming. In this instance, at least alot of it was natural).

I took a drink from one stream coming up from the drill hole from about a mile deep. Didn't taste too good. My boss chewed my ass out, pointing out that alot of these deep samples had more stuff in solution that anyone could figure out how to do in the lab, and most of it was more or less poison. I did have the screaming shiats for a few days afterwards, along with a hangover even though I hadn't drunk any alcohol.

So, tasting water from drill holes is not a good idea.
 
2013-06-21 10:48:51 PM

Ivo Shandor: EvilEgg: Isn't water a pretty stable compound.

No, water is being created and destroyed all the time. For example plants split off the oxygen during photosynthesis, using the hydrogen + CO2 to make sugars. Even in a sample of pure water the molecules don't stay together; they self-ionize into H+ and OH- and swap these around with neighboring molecules.


Which is also why it's likely to be super abundant in the universe as well. (That and the universe being lousy with H all over)
 
2013-06-21 10:49:00 PM

Ivo Shandor: EvilEgg: Isn't water a pretty stable compound.

No, water is being created and destroyed all the time. For example plants split off the oxygen during photosynthesis, using the hydrogen + CO2 to make sugars. Even in a sample of pure water the molecules don't stay together; they self-ionize into H+ and OH- and swap these around with neighboring molecules.


Yeah, water is kind of the whore of the molecular world, sharing their hydrogen with everyone and shiat.
 
2013-06-21 10:50:27 PM

Abuse Liability: Ivo Shandor: EvilEgg: Isn't water a pretty stable compound.

No, water is being created and destroyed all the time. For example plants split off the oxygen during photosynthesis, using the hydrogen + CO2 to make sugars. Even in a sample of pure water the molecules don't stay together; they self-ionize into H+ and OH- and swap these around with neighboring molecules.

Yeah, water is kind of the whore of the molecular world, sharing their hydrogen with everyone and shiat.


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2013-06-21 10:52:58 PM
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2013-06-21 10:54:10 PM
Your momma's an wH2Ore
 
2013-06-21 10:56:27 PM
I was an earth science major working for the chemistry department. We were out walking and I did a rock ID partly by tasting it. The chemists freaked out because they never ever taste anything for an ID. Then the department chair thinks a second. She says "Well, all the chemists way back when used to taste everything. There's always notes about how compounds taste in the really old texts. Of course a lot of them died..." It's funny how people compartmentalize knowledge into silos like that.
 
2013-06-21 10:58:35 PM
Licking rocks beats being an old-time physician where tasting the urine of your patients was an accepted diagnostic technique.
 
2013-06-21 11:01:39 PM
As a kid I would collect agates for my rock tumbler from the lonely gravel road past our house. I'd lick them just a tad so I could better see if it had a nice pattern.
 
2013-06-21 11:01:59 PM

AndreMA: Licking rocks beats being an old-time physician where tasting the urine of your patients was an accepted diagnostic technique.


still works to detect diabetes, if you have the stomach for it.
 
2013-06-21 11:04:28 PM
Oh yeah! Geology 101, tasting rocks and soils. Loess tasted kind of muddy but the sandy loam was interesting on so many levels.
 
2013-06-21 11:05:49 PM
I lick rocks all of the time. I do it to see what they will probably look like after cut and polished. If it looks like crap, it is Leaverite. Sometimes I later find out that it is Junkite.
 
2013-06-21 11:09:19 PM
And if you're a gynecologist?
 
2013-06-21 11:11:13 PM
If you are a geologist, you also chewed a few rocks.
 
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