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 Posted: Tue Nov 20th, 2012 03:28 pm
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Herb Kephart

Joined: Thu Jul 19th, 2007
Location: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania USA
Posts: 5980
Years and years ago, in a science class (never had chem) in High School, we were shown how a test tube with some mercuric oxide (brown powder--I guess that was what it was) when heated would cause balls of liquid mercury to condense. Young Herb, thinking that mercury was fun stuff--you could make all sorts of things shiny and silvery with it, just by rubbing it on to the object --but lacking a supply of the metal--- stole a small container of the powder and proceeded to distil it at home in the basement. Never noticed any trees dying--but come to think of it there weren't any trees in the basement to start with.

Now--when I don't make a whole lot of sense--you know why


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