Peki: I hate the Big Bang Theory, and everyone I know who is actually a geek does.
Felgraf: Also, at least it wasn't Piranha Solution. Mother of god that stuff scares me. I really, REALLY do not like working with it *at all*.
King Something: I'll see your HF and raise you ClF3/to say nothing of hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane and the aptly-named FOOF
Kensey: Peki: I hate the Big Bang Theory, and everyone I know who is actually a geek does.I've heard BBT and The IT Crowd described as "[nerd|geek] blackface".
cuzsis: Well...don't leave us hanging! What was it?
illannoyin: Peki: thisisyourbrainonFark: doglover: HF isn't naturalIsn't everything, when you get down to at the molecular level, organic?/serious questionMost things labelled organic have carbon in them.And this thread has totally inspired me to go back to school to learn some chemistry. I want to learn to read a molecule diagram and go "oh crap" or giggle because everyone is freaking out over water.Little Johnny was a chemistLittle Johnny is no moreFor what he thought was H2OWas H2SO4Also...[thebigbangtheoryfansite.com image 500x485]
Felgraf: Could be true, though the physicist in me is skeptical, if only because that's a good way to get your paper shot down by follow ups.
Mr_Moto: Probably because if only you were a chemist, it would have been really f***in' obvious that you needed to do (whatever it was).
Ivo Shandor: cuzsis: What does HF do to you?It's a weak acid in chemical terms, so it doesn't do the normal 'acid' thing. However it does diffuse through your skin quite easily, and once it's inside your body the fluoride ion binds very strongly to any calcium ions it can find. Since your body uses those calcium ions for other purposes such as staying alive or holding your bones together, this leads to adverse consequences (sometimes hours after the exposure).
cuzsis: What does HF do to you?
cuzsis: Okay guys, freak me out here. It's been a looong time since I took chem. I called it quits in the lab as a job when I realized I was too lazy to keep up proper safety in the lab on a day-in-day-out basis (forgetting gloves, goggles, periodically, that sort of thing.) Other than getting a few snoot fulls of HCl, never ran into any truly awful stuff that I recall. What does HF do to you?
Hack Patooey: Rwa2play: Felgraf: Also, at least it wasn't Piranha Solution. Mother of god that stuff scares me. I really, REALLY do not like working with it *at all*.Looks at what Piranha Solution is....Ummm yeah, I don't wanna be within 1000 feet of that stuff either.No kidding. I know nothing about organic chemistry, so Ive been reading names, and spending time at Wikipedia. Holy crap, most of this stuff is nasty! I swear I read one that said "...is so dangerous it will sneak out of the lab, take the #12 bus, and kill you and your family at home." Glad I'm in software.
jshine: blue_2501: Rwa2play: jshine: jshine: Hollie Maea: My workplace has all sorts of stuff trying to kill me. The HCl and KOH are pretty tame but I don't trust the Nitric or the HF or that bastard Silane.Google nickel tetracarbonyl.Or dimethylmercury.Wow, just a few drops kills. Ummmm, wow.Tell me again why folks bother with sarin gas?Sarin is still more toxic, but importantly, it is not persistent. If you sprayed dimethylmercury on your enemy, the land would remain toxic for a long time. It would be like the Romans salting the fields of their enemies. Sarin kills and is then gone very quickly, so you don't kill your own troops too. Also, sarin (an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor) poisoning is somewhat easier to treat than heavy metal poisoning if you do have an "oops" moment...
blue_2501: Rwa2play: jshine: jshine: Hollie Maea: My workplace has all sorts of stuff trying to kill me. The HCl and KOH are pretty tame but I don't trust the Nitric or the HF or that bastard Silane.Google nickel tetracarbonyl.Or dimethylmercury.Wow, just a few drops kills. Ummmm, wow.Tell me again why folks bother with sarin gas?
Peki: And this thread has totally inspired me to go back to school to learn some chemistry. I want to learn to read a molecule diagram and go "oh crap" or giggle because everyone is freaking out over water.
Lt. Cheese Weasel: HCL is nasty. HFL is worse.
Glockenspiel Hero: Every chemist has a great store of tales like this. I managed to open a stuck jar of KOH pellets once and ended up flinging them all over the place. I got most of them but missed two- one ate a hole in my pocket, the other I found about ten minutes later when I noticed my hair felt funny. Dissolved it all very nicely down to a bald spot.I also managed to turn my arm orange when I splashed fuming nitric all over it while nitrating cotton balls, (Damn ice bath cubes locked up when I was trying to move the flask)Still, nowhere near as bad as walking past an organic lab and smelling new mown hay. Umm, guys, you might want to evacuate pronto...
Rwa2play: Felgraf: Also, at least it wasn't Piranha Solution. Mother of god that stuff scares me. I really, REALLY do not like working with it *at all*.Looks at what Piranha Solution is....Ummm yeah, I don't wanna be within 1000 feet of that stuff either.
Tchernobog: Ugh. I work with Hydrofluoric acid daily...not good stuff. Especially if you have any cuts/scrapes, anything./Use it to strip chrome/aluminum
doglover: At least it wasn't HF or some other solution. HCl will burn you pretty bad, but it's natural. You make it in your stomach. HF isn't natural and while it won't eat dead meat like in Breaking Bad, it will kill you. It's contact poison and can give you a heart attack, or just go to town inside your body and do all kinds of nasty.
Lt. Cheese Weasel: Meh, HCL is nasty. HFL is worse. It won't kill you for several agonizing weeks, as you watch your flesh slough off like rotted spam./former semiconductor manufacturing work slave who dealt with such nasties.//Fark TI
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Fubini: all metal surfaces (including his roommates) had become severely rusted.
LesserEvil: tetsoushima: [blog.seattlepi.com image 568x426]Why is the Seattle Fire Department using Instagram?That's just the way things look in Seattle (and down south in Portland, too). It's because of the thick concentration of smug from hipsters and hippies that infest the area.
Fubini: CSTThere was a certain midwest engineering college that gave all the incoming freshman the following assignment:Make a chemically powered model carThere were quite a few well meaning but mediocre students who settled for simple (safe) chemical reactions, such as combining vinegar and baking soda to make water and CO2. Some others were a little more adventurous.One young student, not really knowing chemistry (but figuring he did), just walked down to the chemical storeroom and asked for "strong hydrochloric acid". The stockroom guy, apparently devoid of sense, looked around and found an ancient bottle of 8 molar HCL. Figuring that the kid knew what he was asking for, handed over the acid.The wayward freshman proceeded with the bottle back to his dorm room to experiment. This is where things get a little fuzzy, but it suffices to say that in the course of said activity his bottle shattered. Three floors of the dorm were evacuated for several hours while the gasses vented. The wayward freshman was first hosed down by the school and then had to stand outside at some length with no pants on. It's rumored that when he returned to his room his keyboard had melted and fused onto his desk, and that all metal surfaces (including his roommates) had become severely rusted.Following this incident the chemical stockroom implemented stricter controls over who was allowed access to ancient bottles of extremely strong acids.
Suckmaster Burstingfoam: I spilled some HCl all over my arm in lab once. Freaked out for a sec, then just sat there and watched my wet arm do nothing. Rinsed it off after a minute or so then told the TA his HCl sucks and is ghey.I thought it would at least fizz like H2O2.
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