I noticed recently that there is a lack of blog posts out there in cyber space dealing with thermometers. I decided tonight to fill that void.
So like I said in a previous post, I'm sick. Yesterday I spent a good 5 minutes digging through my CVS drawer to find my thermometer. It's one of those old ones filled with mercury. And well, today (just now, really) it was on top of my dresser and I noticed that the tip of it had broken off. So of course my immediate response was 'Oh great, now I'm going to die of mercury poisoning'. Yes, I realize I may be a wee bit over dramatic.
Anyway, after checking to see that the mercury, as far as I could tell, was still inside the thermometer, I emailed my Mom and Joe asking them if I was going to die. Here is what my mom wrote me back:
Mom: You may have spilled it (the mercury) on your bed or clothes. Don't lick either one.
Me: It broke on my dresser. I'll make sure not to lick it.
Mom: You'll be fine then.
Joe on the other hand, did some actual research before he responded. He sent me a link to some fancy-schmancy site on the interweb with explicit directions on how to clean up a broken thermometer. But the directions were too complicated and the list of supplies too specific. So I decided to just open my window and call it a night. Hopefully I won't die of mercury vapor inhalation.
In conclusion, if I ever write a book I will call it "Don't Lick the Mercury and other Invaluable Advice My Mother Gave Me".