Everybody seems to have a story about sodium
, and I do too, or at least I think it was sodium. I didn't do any chemistry
past year eight, so I'm not a chemicalologist
and my memory's pretty shot
as well. Anyway, as the teacher
There was a kid with red hair in the class who, in the tradition of children being cruel
was tormented with "red dog
" and "Ya hair's on fire
!". Anyway, the teacher was showing the students how sodium reacted when put in a petrie dish
full of water (You know, fizzing around and stuff). Apparently, the teacher had put in too much, and some came out of the dish and landed on the unfortunate boy's head. He didn't notice at the time, and when a friend pointed out that his hair was actually on fire he shrugged it off as another act of malicious
ness, until a few minutes later when a fire extinguisher
was pointed at his head.
This is the same teacher whose friend once stole a large chunk of sodium to throw into the sea
and observe. The sodium was in a plastic bag
which didn't split, and remained on the surface, gently bobbing. The guy didn't want some little kid finding it and getting blown up
, so he retrieved it and managed to convince a seagull
to ingest it, whereupon the bird became a shower of bird-bits. Rougevert
also reminds me that someone once stole some and blew up a seagull on the school oval.
I have an experience of messing up in a lab, although it is not to do with chemicals or things related exclusively to a laboratory
. In year seven, I had to plug something into a power point
. In Australia
, we run a 240V system with on/off
switches where the sockets are. The on/off switch had somehow come off on the socket I was attempting to power up, so I thought in a know-it-all year seven way, that I could stick my finger in and trip whatever the external plastic switch was attached to.
I was shaking for the next hour or so, and now my left hand shakes when I hold an object a certain way, as does my left leg when I operate my clutch pedal
at a certain angle.
thinks I may be talking about potassium
, but he says he ain't no scientologist