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Old 12-15-2019, 10:25 PM
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They don't say how much is a small amount. Oh, I see they say 1 pint.

Yeah, I make that mistake all the time.
"What would you like to drink sir?"
"Give me 60,000 gallons of coke please. "
10 tractor trailers show up.

"Oh, did I say 60,000 gallons? I meant 1 pint".

Idiots. Maybe the mercury is already melting their brains.
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WTF? Even a gallon is no trivial amount. I know of an A300 that hasn't flown in years because of a mercury spill on board.
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Now they are saying 3 pints total of mercury were spilled in 3 spots near I-10 and Beltway 8.

If it was 60,000 gallons, Houston would need to evacuate I think..
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60,000 gallons of mercury is a basically impossible amount. The weight would be staggering. Plus the cost would be astronomical. Probably sensational over exaggeration by the media.
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I'd suspect a conspiracy to conceal the actual size of the spill if not for the fact that 60,000 gallons of mercury would weigh about 3,400 TONS.

It would take 8 of these trucks to carry it all:

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Typical for texas.
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I want to meet the genius that phoned in that report.
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I have 2lbs of it in a recoil reducer I made . We use play with it as kids in school science class.
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Nanograms gallons it's all the same in fake news. Cops bust $100,000,000 of coke in a narc sub by Spain; where it rains mainly on the snakes on the plane, muthafarker.

14 pounds is a pint of Hg.
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We dropped approximately three grams on a hard packed clay surface in the middle of the Mojave and had to abate a 9 cubic meter of the soil around spill site (where it hit the ground )
One meter down one meter from the impact point in a circle.
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We dropped approximately three grams on a hard packed clay surface in the middle of the Mojave and had to abate a 9 cubic meter of the soil around spill site (where it hit the ground )
One meter down one meter from the impact point in a circle.
You'd better not bust any fluorescent tubes. Or mercury vapor lamps, or mercury thermometers, or thermostats, or let the dentist make a mercury-silver amalgam to fill your teeth ...
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My husband has amalgram fillings.

It isn't near me, thank God.

3 places sound like something deliberate.
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WTF? Even a gallon is no trivial amount. I know of an A300 that hasn't flown in years because of a mercury spill on board.
Mercury attacks aluminum, and tracks. that plane could fall apart in the sky
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You'd better not bust any fluorescent tubes. Or mercury vapor lamps, or mercury thermometers, or thermostats, or let the dentist make a mercury-silver amalgam to fill your teeth ...
this was California DEQ and the BLM requiring this
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WTF? Even a gallon is no trivial amount. I know of an A300 that hasn't flown in years because of a mercury spill on board.
Scrap that airframe for sure. Mercury destroys aluminum.
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If Mercury was as bad as you guys say I should have been dead years and years ago as I was a young tween-teenager had a couple of gallons we took from the Oil Fields in the '60s.
we were not that careful thought we kinda knew it wasn't that safe. We tried a few different experiments and got Bored with it.
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Scrap that airframe for sure. Mercury destroys aluminum.
We had to replace a cargo skin and a bunch of frames on a 737 that had a mercury spill back in the 80's. It seemed like more of a precaution because while mercury really destroys aluminum ,the aircraft I worked on didnt have any obvious damage.
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Maybe someone wanted to try an old time Roman mercury bath. At least I recall hearing the Romans were not aware of the dangers of exposure to Mercury.
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The danger of exposure is real...it's just not as bad as "they" say it is.
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The danger of exposure is real...it's just not as bad as "they" say it is.
I played with liquid mercury when a child. Now at 67, I gather it wasn't all that bad. There was an elementary school where somehow an old type heating thermostat was broken, spilling a very small amount of mercury. Those of you who are older know how much mercury switches contained in old thermostats. They evacuated the school and I forget exactly what the cost was to "clean it up" was at the time. I'd have done it for lot less.
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