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To: Hotlanta Mike

Heck, back in the 50s, we used to break thermometers and play with the mercury in a small dish. We’d coat pennies, nickels and dimes with it, and I think all 3 of us are still alive, last I checked. LOL.


7 posted on 01/04/2013 1:13:33 PM PST by carriage_hill ("I meant to say maggot, but I have a lisp.")
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To: carriage_hill; SkyDancer

Liquid mercury is absorbed very slowly. But in the environment, some bacteria methylate it and it enters the food chain, eventually getting into fish and water.

Look up Minimata Disease that happened in Japan. Methylmercury poisoning in people who ate a lot of fish from polluted rivers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamata_disease

Here’s a scary story of a woman killed by a few drops of pure methylmercury when some penetrated her latex gloves. She died less than a year later.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Wetterhahn


23 posted on 01/04/2013 2:18:31 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: carriage_hill
Heck, back in the 50s, we used to break thermometers and play with the mercury in a small dish.

I did the same, coating dimes and such to make them "shiny". Not much risk there, unless you lick your coins. However, flu shots contain mercury that is directly injected into your body - that has more effect on your health.

27 posted on 01/04/2013 2:27:33 PM PST by roadcat
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To: carriage_hill

we used to play in the “crick”...just down from the dump......probably not very safe....but we’re all alive and kicking.....but we are a little weird I guess....lol


31 posted on 01/04/2013 3:10:17 PM PST by cherry
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