Watch A Mercury Filled Water Balloon (Technically A Mercury Balloon) Being Dropped In Slow Motion

December 15, 2014

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This is a video of a mercury-filled balloon being dropped in slow motion. Mercury, as I'm sure you're aware because we're all scientists here, is 13.5x as dense as water and can be poured directly into a balloon with a funnel to fill it up. That alone was pretty neat. But the way it flattens a balloon when dropped is even NEATER. You know, I remember my dad telling me a story from when he was growing up that he and his siblings accidentally broke a thermometer and spent hours and hours pushing around the beads of mercury on the kitchen table. Those were simpler times.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Derrick, who is going to try the same thing but with plutonium. Whoa -- watch out for superpowers.

  • AtomicMountain

    Wow, that sure was flat for a second.

    The scientist in the video is right. It's about as flat as an actual plate.

    Oh, and how about that part where you could fill the balloon with a funnel with Mercury, but not with water, huh? I just tried it here at my house, and it's true, you CAN'T fill a balloon with water with a funnel. [Don't forget to wear gloves and protective eyewear if you want to try it yourself. And get your parents' permission, kids.]

    I just can't get over how flat and plate-like it got for a second.

    Oops, a spokesperson from UNEC is on C-SPAN right now to talk about historic Ghananian soil acidity rates and I REALLY don't want to miss this. Gotta go.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Immediately after filming, he tracked down Austin Rivers and gave him a lethal dose of Mercury-poisoning.

    ..if you know what I mean...

  • Abe

    He's so mad he can't reply to Austin's comment.

  • Davianna

    My Mom tells me the same sort of story, only she was given her mercury.

  • Chaz Gomez

    Please take a high speed video from the side...

  • Jenness

    It never bursts and as a non-scientist all I have to say is "What is the point if there is no explosive ending of some kind?"

    And yes, that is a rhetorical question - I don't care about the point, I just want to see stuff explode or the balloon turn into some satanic symbol - neither of which happened.

  • $18889437

    "What is the point if there is no explosive ending of some kind?"

    I can't tell you how many dates I had that ended with this same question.

  • Jenness

    LOL!

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