what kind of jerk…

September 6, 2007 at 1:30 pm | | everyday science, grad life, lab safety

…would spill some crazy fluorescent* solution on the hallway floor and leave it there?


Well, it’s not nearly as bad as an unreported spill could be (think of this!), but it’s still annoying. I have no idea what this stuff is, and it’s right outside my office door. I’m right next to the NMR facility, so I suspect some jerk dropped their NMR tube and was so distraught—having lost their newly synthesized whatever—to be responsible enough to wipe up their spill with their tear-soaked handkerchief. Jerk

Instead, the Environmental Health and Safety people will have to come out here and do it. In fact, a guy just got here and is trying to clean it off the floor. His orange-cleaner stuff didn’t work, so I gave him toluene, acetone, and methanol—that runs the gamot for polarity. Ah! the acetone worked well (it took off the floor wax, too!).


* Of course, the first thing I did was grab my trusty UV flashlight (385-nm diodes) and see how fluorescent it was. Cool show!


Would have been cooler with the lights off.


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  1. It must have been a Canadian jerk: It’s a sign that that looks like the maple leaf on the flag! Can’t trust those Canadians…

    Comment by Andre — September 7, 2007 #

  2. Reminds me of an infamous .gif from Wikipedia.

    Comment by kendall — September 7, 2007 #

  3. kendall, what the heck does that even mean!?!

    Comment by sam — September 7, 2007 #

  4. Here you go

    Enjoy the talk page for the back and forth on that particular image.

    Comment by kendall — September 7, 2007 #

  5. sorry i asked. (note to self: bring uv flashlight home tonight. just curious about something…)

    Comment by sam — September 7, 2007 #

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