Did you know that a human can float on top of a pool of liquid mercury? Some of you science peeps are probably saying, “DUH, it’s extremely dense and a ‘heavy’ metal!”, but did you know that people actually did this? The photo of the miner below is from a 1972 issue of National Geographic, back before people realized that sitting on top of a giant pool of liquid mercury, as it continuously vaporized and you inhaled it, was not very good for your health.
How I found this photo: from Theodore Gray’s website - a man who collects samples of all the elements in the periodic table, even the poisonous ones.
So my science teacher told me that the Mad Hatter is mad because when hat makers would paint on liquid mercury as designs for their hats they would lick the paint brush so the mercury would stick to the brush and eventually the mercury would drive them insane and I thought that was really cool. I don’t know if it’s true or not but it’s sounds reasonable