Hospital surplus?

John Foust jfoust at
Wed Mar 22 21:33:39 CST 2006

At 09:03 PM 3/22/2006, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>When I was in high school, I built a mercury diffusion vacuum pump that
>used quite a bit of mercury.  All those vapors probably explains my
>mad-as-a-hatter personality today.

Apparently, it leads to an obsessive-compulsive disorder 
where the poisoned tries to collect as much computer junk
as will fit on his property.

There's plenty on the web that describes the various effects
of exposure.  Not all of it is unbiased.  Certainly the effects 
of long-term low-level exposure could be different from the 
effects of short-term (but probably high-level) exposure of 
the average tinkering teen who played with the liquid metal.  

- John

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