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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The unbearable strangeness of... wanting

I must be wired strangely.

Because I can't find a reasonable explanation for why certain things bore me to tears... while others fascinate me to the point of sleeplessness and obsession.

Take, for example, a little factoid I recently read about an element called Gallium.

Gallium is an unremarkable element but for the fact that this shiny silvery substance begins liquefying at 85.85°F. 

Which means that holding a chunk of Gallium in your hand for a few minutes will allow you to watch it turn into a quick-silver-esque puddle of kewlness... without any of the health risks associated with, say, Mercury.

Oh, and did I mention that you can pick up a nice chunk of Gallium on Amazon for a song?

To be clear, there is absolutely no practical reason I can think of for owning any Gallium. And yet...

Must. Resist. Temptation.... 

Gallium.jpg 
You secretly want to do this...
Gallium2.jpg 
... you know you do!

 

[hat tip:  Book of Joe]

Posted by David Bogner on July 11, 2013 | Permalink

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Ah, First-World desires. On the one hand, 23 bucks IS a song. On the other hand, it would buy a pretty nice dinner out with the Goddess. Just sayin'.

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Jul 11, 2013 5:11:46 PM

Kewwwwl!! Must have!

Posted by: Yaron | Jul 11, 2013 11:58:25 PM

omg.
i do.
i want it.

Posted by: weese | Jul 12, 2013 4:16:46 PM

Laughing... so, you're not the only one to want to play with it. I went and got it for my kids, and they had a great time. Except, eventually it ended up soaking and fuzing into the carpet. It took some effort to clean. Still, wonderful fun :)

Posted by: It's Full of Stars | Jul 14, 2013 10:38:54 AM

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