Tuesday, 2 March 2021

The Mad World of Hat Making

quote [ Hat-making in the 18th and 19th centuries was a hazardous business, because it involved the use of many chemicals, one of which was the toxic substance mercury. Working in poorly ventilated rooms, hat-makers breathed in so much mercury fumes that a good number of them were driven out of their wits by mercury-induced brain damage. ]

In my no mad hat dance myself into insanity
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[by ScoobySnacks@1:38pmGMT]


Abdul Alhazred said @ 10:34pm GMT on 10th Mar [Score:1 WTF]
When I first moved into my parents' house after inheriting it, I was going through things in the bedroom and found, on top of a bookcase, a plastic chemistry bottle two thirds full of mercury.

Needless to say, I about shit.

I told my sister, who said "Why worry about it? It's probably been there for decades. Maybe put it in a glass jar- it's so pretty."

I had nightmare visions of that shit spilling, getting to the basement, seeping through the floor and into the water table. That would have poisoned the lake and everything downstream of us and made the house a superfund site.

Fortunately my brother in law went to Cornell and was able to take it to the chemistry department. I was vastly relieved to have it off my hands.

That just left the WWII .45 with the numbers ground off...
mechanical contrivance said @ 4:31am GMT on 11th Mar
Mercury, sweetest of the transition metals.
mechanical contrivance said @ 3:02pm GMT on 2nd Mar
Things were better in the old days.
cb361 said @ 10:58pm GMT on 2nd Mar
Mercury. Is there anything it can't do? ;-)
mechanical contrivance said @ 11:59pm GMT on 2nd Mar
Be solid at room temperature?
RokDragon said @ 4:33am GMT on 3rd Mar
"Irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness, timidity, and in some cases delirium and memory loss are seen."

Turns out I've got mercury poisoning.
mechanical contrivance said @ 3:43pm GMT on 3rd Mar
Stop making hats.

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