Man Sitting on a Pool of Mercury

Remember the video clip of a guy tossing a cannonball into a pool of mercury? Well, here's something even more amazing: a 1972 photo from the National Geographic magazine showing a man sitting on a pool of mercury.

Link - Thanks Rob!

(Photo: National Geographic)

Liquid mercury is relatively safe. It's the gaseous form that is dangerous because it can be inhaled directly into the bloodstream. If you break a mercury thermometer, scoop up the droplets. Vacuuming will just disperse the mercury as a fine mist into the room where it can be inhaled.
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Mercury is about as toxic as lead. Avoid eating it or breathing its vapor for long periods, and it's sensible to wear gloves handling it and wash afterward, but there's no need for panic - casual handling of mercury metal is not going to hurt you.
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Damn, all through my childhood I avoided touching mercury because adults told me how deadly it was.

I'm off to the mercury shop right now!
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