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Desc:check out that groovy surface tension!
Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:science, Cannonball, Mercury, float
Submitted:kiint
Date:04/07/09
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Comment count is 30
Albuquerque Halsey - 2009-04-07
It's not so much surface tension; it's that mercury does not "wet" the cannonball.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetting
Charles - 2009-11-20
...or maybe that the cannonball is less dense than the mercury?

Wombles - 2009-12-03
Yeah, even if it did coat/"wet" the ball, it would still float.

To be difficult though, it can't coat the ball because of its surface tension.

Tom Collins - 2011-01-16
I love it when you get two replies that are right, but miss the point.

Cube - 2009-04-07
I wanna dip my balls in it!
voodoo_pork - 2009-04-07
I'm outta here, maaaan.

simon666 - 2009-04-07
Jesus of Nazareth, are you Jesus of Nazareth? I have a warrant for your arrest.

No, he's the guy who went that way, yelling something about his balls.

hornung - 2009-04-07
i know you little libertine.
chairsforcheap - 2009-04-07
hey buddy do you think you wanna maybe put on a face mask?
Ageusiatic - 2009-04-07
Mercury isn't really as dangerous as people think. Ask old people- they used to play with it all the time.

chairsforcheap - 2009-04-07
yeah but isn't it what made the mad hatter mad? i remember kids breaking open thermometers and the fucking HASMAT people would swarm in in school

B. Weed - 2009-04-07
Mercury vapors and mercury absorbed through the skin is bad-- maybe they have a temperature control to avoid vapors, and I notice he IS wearing gloves.

Ageusiatic - 2009-04-07
The hatters sometimes went mad, but they worked with the stuff all day every day. I heard that it was because they would often lick their brushes to get a fine point on them, same way the people who would paint radium onto watch hands would get radiation poisoning.

Desidiosus - 2009-04-07
He still seems somewhat cavalier about dropping a cannonball into it, like he doesn't really care where it splashes.

Meh, he's old anyway and probably figures he'll snuff it soon enough.

Runic - 2009-08-04
It really depends on what kind of mercury you've got. Some compounds are so toxic that a single drop on your skin can kill you.

Lurchi - 2009-04-07
unpossible
Lurchi - 2009-04-07
Syd Midnight can chug mercury and laugh in your face. He'll do the backstroke in that tank.
dichotic1 - 2009-04-07
i heard Teldin digs his chicken fingers in mercury and licks up the remaining juice like everynight

RomancingTrain - 2009-04-07
I heard that's why Sodahead is the way he is now.

Big Beef Burritos Supreme - 2009-04-07
seem like an unwise amount of mercury you to keep in one place
SolRo - 2009-04-07
Mercury isn't dangerous as long as you splash a heavy object in it once in a while.

bopeton - 2009-04-07
That cannonball is probably made out of a lead-uranium alloy.

simon666 - 2009-04-07
Actually I think it would be a uranium-lead alloy, the lead being a byproduct of the uranium breakdown.

bopeton - 2009-04-07
You fool, that would sink: http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/periodic/density.html

Syd Midnight - 2009-04-08
What if you made a boat out of uranium-lead alloy, I bet you could get that to float in mercury

Camonk - 2009-09-19
You seem to be a rather large amount of PUSSY to keep in one place.

Jeriko-1 - 2009-04-08
Oh shit, it splashed in my MOUTH!!!
Chinballs - 2009-08-06
My wife hates that.

j lzrd / swift idiot - 2009-04-11
I am rather wowed.
oddeye - 2014-04-13
How can he be so close to that much molten metal? That stuff must be 5 billions degrees to be so fluid. How does the cannonball not melt? The powerbills for maintaining that tank must be through the roof.
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