Hello this is Jeff of TAOFLEDERMAUS Mercury is a very dense heavy metal It is liquid at room temperature. In fact, it remains a liquid down to minus 40 deg. F/C ANY material with a lighter density should float on it as you can see. I am willing to bet that you have spent many sleepless nights wondering what what table SALT and mercury would do if they when they were interacted. together First, we will put a few drops of mercury in the salt It kind of does what you would expect The surface tension – the surface area is enough to support the droplets of mercury We add a bit more, it creates a small puddle and it still supports it. Now we will totally saturate it pouring in 5lbs (2.2k) of mercury and it SHOULD

100 thoughts on “MERCURY vs SALT – Defies ALL LOGIC”

  1. If you evaluated the grains of salt you would see that they are a bit irregular in shape and thus the interlock pushing against each other and the glass to form a sort of table that supports the weight of the Hg. Not rocket science. Works the same as any Crystalen structure like the way a lattice structure works.

  2. The air near the salt combined with fact mercury has a very high stick to itself property makes it so it does not encapsulate/move around the salt as water would.

  3. In order for the Mercury to sink, it has to displace air. The air can not escape through the puddle of mercury.

  4. Its because of the conical vessel used. Put it into a standard straight sided vessel and you will get a different result – doh!

  5. Because mercury will stay with its self but, you need oxygen or air to allow the two substances to change places.. your agitation does this.. if not you could not have lakes of mercury anywhere, because its volume vs weight..

  6. Defies logic my butt! It is perfectly logical and if you knew anything about science you would know what is causing this reaction or lack there of. The density of mercury compresses the granules of salt causing it to be almost a solid. It this condition the mercury can not penetrate the salt unless you stir it. Simple to me…Of course I was speaking out of my ass because I really do not know. Just sounded good. Lol

  7. mercury highly toxit material how you dispose all those things you might contaminated , those material you can not just throw down to trash . Even very low quantity mercury have in bulbs require special dispose requirements .

  8. IF you would have use a #4 as the SALT measure THEN four Doric columns would have extended as such to a planetary chair. My mom used to put salt in her beer, same concept. She smoked Salem's.

  9. So the surface tension of the Mercury possibly prevents it from flowing between the grains of salt. Agitate it with a fork and you overcome the surface tension. I'm confused as the point of this video – was it possible to just make a video? I donno …

  10. Mix mercury with lead ,sulphur and something else and you might end up being an alchemist,thats if you don't poison yourself first

  11. 0:58 what’s up with the disclaimer that flashed at bottom?! I mean why would a disclaimer on this video be remotely necessary

  12. Surface tension of mercury is pretty high, space between salt grains is too small. Same as pouring pudding on top of granulated cork.

  13. If a teacher favors the Socratic method…they could start by asking why there are no cube pits at playgrounds across the world.

  14. I just thought the weight of the mercury compressed the salt together which is mostly proven by only the top layer he is scraping rises to the top instead of mixing.

  15. WHERE is Mercury to be found?. Is  it  a MAN MADE thing or does it exist in nature? Please forgive my ignorance!.

  16. The reason is that the cohesive force of the mercury atoms creates such a large surface tension of the mercury, it overcomes the nature of a lighter mas from floating on top of a heavier mass, because the grains of salt cannot penetrate the mercury's surface tension to allow them to float to the surface. If the mercury was placed in the container first and then the salt placed on top of it, the slt should then float.

  17. I'm 15 and it took me 3 seconds to figure out the surface tension of the mercury is enough to keep it from dispersing down into the salt…

  18. you should first put the mercury and then the salt and you will probably get the result you looking for

  19. My guess is that it forms a kind of mixture, in that the ions in salts "invade" the surface tension, since there are Mercury salts I learned from another video.

  20. Science teacher here…
    (1) Friction between jagged salt crystals prevents any "flow" to the top, (2) the weight of Hg dramatically increases friction between salt crystals, (3) Hg's high surface tension (cohesion) prevents it from seeping into cracks, so there's no pathway "down" for the Hg to take, and (4) Hg's cohesive forces are especially high relative to negligible intermolecular forces between Hg and NaCl, which don't "mingle" well.
    You'd think each individual crystal would act like the lead ball you saw floating, but friction is a significant force between the jagged crystals and, without the fork's intervention and lift, the salt granules can't "flow" past each other, particularly under the weight of Hg. [Hg's weight dramatically INCREASES friction between the salt crystals. Think about the friction involved in sliding a heavy box (vs. an empty box) across rough concrete. Friction exists because of "normal forces" between surfaces–forces calculated based on weight and the angle of the surface-surface contact.]
    Hg's high surface tension creates cohesive "balls" on top of the salt.*
    The highly cohesive Hg fails to "fill in" spaces or separate the crystals, which would (a) reduce friction, (b) allow a "flow" of granules, and (c) create a path for the Hg to seep down into, on its way to the bottom.
    *Due to its high cohesive forces and very low attraction for ionic NaCl, Hg has no interest in surrounding and separating each salt crystal, the way water does.

  21. Why is mercury in almost all tooth cavity fillings /mercury amalgam fillings and in almost every vaccine / thimerosal ?

  22. Woulda been interesting if you had used vibration to see if the salt rises to the top; in the same way a large volume of concrete is vibrated to remove the air from the settling concrete.

  23. im a chemistry phd student with 15 research papers completed regarding mercury and crystal salt emersion theory, in conclusion the reason the salt does not rise to the top in this experiment is because you used the wrong glass…..simple… time just use a square box or square glass or square cup

  24. I'm no science major but I was always taught that salt's cube structure was very strong so you could actually be seeing the surface tension of the salt standing up to the weight of the mercury

  25. Black Sea and SALTY LAKES …human's can float on top of water surface if its salty enough…old Turist attraction quite known apparently everywhere outside of USA it seems.

  26. Why is ANYONE playing around with Mercury!!!??? Ever!!!???? How is it then disposed of, or purified!!?? C'mon people!!! Wake up.

  27. You are aware that your house, surroundings and probably yourself is contaminated, mercury is not to play around with and should be licensed.  (and you are even toying around with kilos of the stuff!)

  28. You call that monotonous, grotesque noise "music?" Even "pop" sounds better than that garbage. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  29. This doesn't warrant a video. This has 11,281,407 views when I posted this. At 3 minutes per person assuming everyone watched it right through that's, collectively, 64.39 years of time wasted to discover that mercury does not easily flow through salt. THAT defies all logic!

  30. Poor the mercury in first like you did in the first tests with lead and ball bearing and see if the salt sinks.

  31. Create hypothesis -> Good science
    Test Hypothesis -> Good science
    Hypothesis fails -> Good science
    Accuse reality of defying logic -> WORST SCIENCE EVER!!!!


  33. I just figured it out… you have to pee in it and add a sugar cube. I took a dump on it, but that did nothing.

  34. Mercury is heavy and salt is so light. not enough air to push through the weight of the mercury. I'm sure if it sat there for a really long time they will eventually separate to the top.

  35. Stay saying that there is mercury inside of coal make something to remove it and show how much is in there the amount of coal and the amount of mercury found
    it could be fun 😎

  36. Is exactly because density of the mercury is a lot higher than salt , so salt cannot float through it …

  37. not when i tried it
    i got some indian mercury and some himalayan salt
    it actually made a nice shake
    yeah… that mercury taste could have been, if detected, kind of a bummer
    but who can taste anything sipped through a straw…

  38. I haven't spent any sleepless nights wondering what would happen if I mixed mercury and salt together but I'm about to spend a sleepless night wondering why you established that things float on the surface of mercury at the beginning of the video only to show us that salt floats on the surface of mercury. What the….

  39. How in hells blue bathroom did you get 5+ lbs of mercury in Californistan? Where everything has a cancer label.

  40. I have suffered all the time for not knowing what you are going to do with that mixture … Buff The mercury does not fall to the bottom because the salt is not a liquid, but it is not a solid either, it is a powder and as such tends to fill the container, but it is difficult to climb up. No mystery The result would have been the same as if you mix flour and eggs.

  41. The mercury would have to overcome the friction. The mercury wants to stick to itself more than it wants to work against the friction that it would have to overcome in order to sink to the bottom.

  42. because you mix the cristal sodium chlorure with a liquid Hg, there is no miracle!!!!!
    H2O based molecule can dissolve the sodium chlorure not Hg!
    next time try to mix HG and sand and will see!

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