Florida: Mercury Thermometer = HAZMAT Lockdown

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Frank, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Frank

    Frank Original Member

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  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I remember being in my uncles workshop while visiting him when I was a youngster. He worked in the oil fields of extreme south Texas. He had a quart of mercury in his shop. I don't know how many pennies we coated in mercury and no telling what else. I have little doubt that we weren't bein exactly safe handling the mercury but I don't seem to be any worse for the experience.
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    We used to play with globs of mercury in school.

    A parent's choice for antiseptic (especially if they wanted you to scream a little as they applied it) was often mercurochrome or (for some real anguish) methiolate.

    One clinic I go to has some really classic blood pressure readers that each has two columns of mercury -- you can actually watch the millimeters of mercury pulse & drop as they get your blood pressure reading.
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  4. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    :D OMG! Thanks for the memories. My mom used to torture me with those medicines, too!
    p.s. I sure wish she had been around to torture my son and grandsons ... may she rest in peace...:(
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I remember "playing" with all sorts of materials in high school that would now result in the campus being evacuated... Hg being one of them.

    The electrolysis-powered hydrogen tennis-ball cannon would be another.

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