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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
It's not so much surface tension; it's that mercury does not "wet" the cannonball.

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

Wombles
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
I love it when you get two replies that are right, but miss the point.

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

simon666
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
i know you little libertine.
chairsforcheap
hey buddy do you think you wanna maybe put on a face mask?
Ageusiatic
Mercury isn't really as dangerous as people think. Ask old people- they used to play with it all the time.

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

RomancingTrain
I heard that's why Sodahead is the way he is now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

j lzrd / swift idiot
I am rather wowed.
oddeye
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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