Early Service Stations:
Remember the traditional pack of
‘chewing Gum?’ Nickle a pack, 5 sticks.
Sherry used a small piece of aluminum foil this morning to heat biscuits for our breakfast and seeing it when I started to wash dishes kicked in a memory of my childhood.
Each stick of gum was wrapped in a piece of foil that was lined with paper. If you were very careful you could peel the paper off. Then taking the foil and placing I over a coin and rub it well you could get nearly a duplicate of the coin. If you took scissors and trimmed it well and placed it on a table or the floor it looked exactly like a coin. We kids had a good time with such a practical joke.
Mercury? Have you ever even seen real mercury? Here is what a drop of it looks like:
(On flat surface like a table it looks just like those drops above, rounded edge but it is like a controlled liquid. If you were to drop that big blob above it would split into namy little droplets and look the same.)
I am not sure if you are old enough, but there was a time when we could get our hands on some ‘Mercury’ we were really cool. With our fingers we would use it to shine a silver coin. A fifty cent piece, quarter or dime would shine like no body’s business.
This is the warning we did not know about:
Direct contact with elemental (liquid) mercury can cause irritation and chemical burns. Possible immediate effects may include dizziness, vertigo, flu-like symptoms, burning or irritation, pale or clammy skin, irritability, and emotional instability.
I cannot remember where we got the mercury. Except for one time me ‘n Vondale broke a thermometer and got a small drop.
Funny how the old statement, “God over looks our ignorance and protects us when we are stupid.” That might just apply here. ;-)
Love you guys,
Thanks for allowing me to just be old and remember silly things.