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(SeattlePI)   UW lab worker rushed to hospital after "bottom fell out" of container holding over two liters of hydrochloric acid solution. Nobody said science would be easy   (blog.seattlepi.com) divider line 29
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2013-09-27 07:58:59 PM
8 votes:
tvmedia.ign.com

/oblig
2013-09-27 10:15:45 PM
7 votes:
CSB time

I spilled orange juice on my desk. It didn't do anything.
2013-09-27 10:23:46 PM
6 votes:
Hydrochloric acid solution? More like a hydrochloride acid problem, if you ask me.
2013-09-27 09:22:03 PM
6 votes:

fusillade762: [tvmedia.ign.com image 468x270]

/oblig


img2u.info
2013-09-27 09:58:44 PM
5 votes:

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.
2013-09-27 09:47:13 PM
5 votes:
i5.photobucket.com

On the bright side, at least Titanica will come visit him in the hospital now.
2013-09-27 09:21:06 PM
5 votes:
Bottom? I think you mean front...
img.fark.net
2013-09-27 09:26:11 PM
4 votes:

oi43.tinypic.com

2013-09-27 08:01:41 PM
4 votes:
lh5.googleusercontent.com
2013-09-27 10:33:49 PM
2 votes:
It was a success. Bring him to debriefing.

www.lab-initio.com
2013-09-27 09:24:38 PM
2 votes:
blog.seattlepi.com

Why is the Seattle Fire Department using Instagram?
2013-09-28 12:20:18 PM
1 votes:
www.thebeerdrifter.com

/yes I'm sympathetic, but it's the first thing that leapt to mind
2013-09-28 01:22:29 AM
1 votes:
Nancy Reagan was right! Dropping acid will seriously mess you up!

Science. Not even once.
GBB
2013-09-28 01:12:28 AM
1 votes:
foreverb.rxmedicalweb.netdna-cdn.com
I told you one day the bottom would drop out.
2013-09-27 11:42:42 PM
1 votes:
man! i hate the seahawks! i'm a rams fan.

/sorry, what were we talking about?
2013-09-27 11:20:23 PM
1 votes:

Bacontastesgood: 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.

Good for you, but just a warning: the biatch of chemistry is that (unlike biology or physics) it takes a long time to get to the really good stuff.  You might look for the condensed/combo classes they often teach for nurses or bio majors, otherwise it's two FULL years before you can even start thinking about things like biochemistry.  I'm sure there are MOOCs that do the condensed thing, too.  Not a good enough foundation if you're going to be a physical scientist or go to med school, but more than fine for brain expansion.

Anyway, that's my 2c FWIW.

Lt. Cheese Weasel: HCL is nasty.  HFL is worse.

Chemistry FAIL:  HCl, HF. Capitalization matters.


You knew what I meant, acidgrammarnazi.
2013-09-27 11:04:26 PM
1 votes:

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.
2013-09-27 10:57:25 PM
1 votes:
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...
2013-09-27 10:44:37 PM
1 votes:
I am reminded of a poem from a college chemistry lab course manual:

Little Timmy took a drink
He lived to drink no more
For what he thought was H2O
Was H2SO4
2013-09-27 10:24:56 PM
1 votes:

Fubini: all metal surfaces (including his roommates) had become severely rusted.


Did he dorm with robots?
2013-09-27 10:19:25 PM
1 votes:

jaytkay: Hollie Maea: We can't all be so lucky as to live in Tulsa.

Recently, at a party, someone mentioned Tulsa. I remembered the friend at my elbow had lived in Oklahoma in the 90s.

Me: "Hey, Jim here used to live in Tulsa. Right, Jim?"

Jim: "Oh my, no. We were in Norman. We DREAMED of living in Tulsa."

/CSB


NORMAN? We should be so lucky! We used to live in a rusty tin can in the middle of the road. One hour after sunset we would clean the road with our tongues, eat a handful of cold gravel and work 20 hours at the mill with no pay! When we got home our Dad would cut us up with a dull Ginsu knife and use us for cheese fondue...
2013-09-27 10:19:06 PM
1 votes:
I once spilled vinegar in a cut.
2013-09-27 10:00:49 PM
1 votes:
we used to put muriatic acid in plastic 2 liter bottles, shove some aluminum foil in and and tighten the cap and put them in mailboxes.  good times.
2013-09-27 09:46:30 PM
1 votes:
Nothing like a small faceful of HCl fumes to clean your sinuses.

/Oh, I'll just open this empty bottle by the waste bottles and use it as the new RCA-2 acid waste bottle. Surely, this has been rinsed, and SON OF A biatch THEY DIDN'T RINSE IT AND THE TINY BIT OF HCL LEFT ALL VAPORIZED DAMN THAT STINGS
//I'm still an idiot for not opening that in the hood, but it was *empty*.
2013-09-27 09:46:10 PM
1 votes:
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
2013-09-27 09:29:12 PM
1 votes:
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.
2013-09-27 09:25:11 PM
1 votes:

alizeran: Bottom? I think you mean front...
[img.fark.net image 288x216]


DAMMIT!!!

Everyone is beating my to my image posts today.
2013-09-27 08:20:20 PM
1 votes:

Fubini: CST

There was a certain midwest engineering college that gave all the incoming freshman the following assignment:

Make a chemically powered model car

There 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.


In the Penn State dorm rules, there's one addendum that obviously has a backstory. Sadly, it predated the 2004 class sufficiently that the RA who showed me was unawares of the deets.

Anyway, the rule is the last rule on appropriate hallway use. It reads something like "No go-karts, rocket powered cars, or similar vehicles are permitted to be ridden in the hallways."

I mean, really. That sounds like someone had a party.
2013-09-27 08:00:21 PM
1 votes:
CST

There was a certain midwest engineering college that gave all the incoming freshman the following assignment:

Make a chemically powered model car

There 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.
 
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