Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by djhughes, Feb 6, 2012.
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Agreed...we did something like this in high school.
And hardly anyone ended up with permanent brain damage. But just try and get mercury now...
Some of us, however...
You can still get mercury if you try hard enough (old thermometers, thermostats, etc.). However, posession of a large enough amount without the proper papers is a felony. Many years ago someone was busted for dealing drugs. During the raid, the officers noticed a large ash tray with a pool of mercury in it. The dealer not only was charged with distribution but also felony posession of mercury.
It might be a lonnnnnng list.
we use to play with it in grade school
I work with Mercury everyday...and there is nothing wrong with me. :rolling:
Well, that's new.
It looks like this is a matter of state law. The first hit I found was for Oklahoma, where it's a felony to possess more than one pound of mercury without "valid written evidence of his title to such mercury", and with defense allowed if you're a "bona fide miner or processor of mercury" or if the mercury is "an integral part of a tool, instrument, or device used for a beneficial purpose".
Most of the stuff I've found for North Carolina pertains to dealing with mercury switches in scrapped vehicles, and getting the stuff out of schools. When, er, if I had bought a couple pounds off eBay years ago, I didn't think about new laws lacking grandfather clauses. Sigh.
It's a shame the stuff is so insidious and persistent; liquid metals are all sorts of fun, especially when they're as dense and standoffish as mercury. (Gallium-indium is liquid at room temperature, but it costs dollars a gram, it sticks to everything, it gets a nasty oxide film, and it's less dense than iron.) Might as well black out all the experiments dealing with it, along with the ones calling for carbon tetrachloride, iodine, phosphorus...
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