Dropping a mercury filled balloon


Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/12/19/dropping-a-mercury-filled-ball.html


Here’s the full video…




Dropping it in a balloon? Boring

Flushing it down a toilet is where it’s at :wink:


Thanks! I was hoping for a little more detail than one .gif. But now I’m disappointed - I wanted to see the balloon burst!


Superfund site in 3,2,1…


‘Liquid mercury’ is a pleonasm.


The slow motion looks like something from Cool 3D World.


If you watch the YouTube video, he was trying hard NOT to have the balloon burst. (Too bad : -)


(I guess it’s pretty safe to assume liquid unless otherwise stated…)


Wow! Once Trump gets the government off our backs, mercury-filled balloons will be are gonna be one of our hottest-selling Christmas toys.


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It’s like deadly oobleck.

What is your Band Name, Rapper Name, Album Name

fun with DNAPL (dense non-aqueous phase liquid)!

ETA: The part before the part at the end is fantastic!


It’s a pity that Osmium is so expensive and uncooperative; because there is something undeniably neat about materials that are Just Plain Denser than they have any right to be. Mercury is freaky enough at 13.7g/cm^3; 22.6g/cm^3 would be just plain wrong.

At least we have tungesten, only 19.25; but pretty well behaved.


Argonne Nat’l Lab:

Uranium is very dense. At about 19 grams per cubic centimeter, it is 1.6 times more dense than lead. Density increases weight. For example, while a gallon of milk weighs about 8 pounds, a gallon container of uranium would weigh about 150 pounds.


And given the Best By date on Uranium, it could sit at the back know of the fridge for who knows how many families


I loved the video when I started watching, but when he got to that part where his flapper kept getting displaced by the mercury, I was all like, “how’s he gunna solve this?” and of course he has a block of pure tungsten. What a delightful weirdo.


Mercury can be both a solid and a gas.


Yes, thank you for the gratuitous physics lesson. Mercury can be a gas and a liquid and a solid. Just like how snow can be white and yellow and brown. But it’s still a pleonasm. Nobody says ‘white snow’ unless the situation requires this to be emphasized. Nobody in their right mind would try to put solid mercury into a rubber balloon at –39°C. Nor would anyone cook mercury and pump the 357°C-hot gas into a rubber balloon which will lose its structural integrity far below that temperature, thank you very much.