OCT 09, 2016 10:44 AM PDT

Watch What Happens When You Try to Flush Mercury Down a Toilet


You should never under any circumstance try to flush mercury down your toilet at home since it'll just contaminate the water supply, but in a closed course experiment where the toilet has been safely disconnected from a water supply and you want to flush the toilet with mercury inside of it for the sake of science, we say go for it!

Have you ever wondered how mercury, a type of liquid metal, would flush down a toilet full of water? It seems popular YouTuber Cody'sLab wanted to know too, so that's exactly what he did.

First trying with water and a small amount of mercury, the goal was to see if water could generate the forces strong enough to push the dense liquid metal down the drain. Gradually, more and more mercury is added until it comes down to trying to flush the toilet with no water at all, and just mercury alone.

As you can see, mercury is really weird. Despite being a liquid, it's denser than lead and very heavy when used in the amounts you see, so there are some expected side effects to the toilet afterwards.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 15, 2018
Videos
JUL 15, 2018
New Details on The Iceman's Diet
Researchers can look at isotopes in hair and bone samples to see whether people were vegetarians or omnivores. They can also see investigate resides left i...
JUL 24, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
JUL 24, 2018
How Does It Taste? Want Some Salt (and Microplastics)?
Looks can be very deceiving: pristine, pure-like grains of sea salt can be the perfect trojan horse for the invasion of the omnipresent environmental villa...
JUL 31, 2018
Videos
JUL 31, 2018
Tired of Coffee? Try These Ideas for a Boost of Energy
A good strong cup of coffee first thing in the morning, at lunch, on a break or just about anytime can be a real boost. Not everyone likes coffee though, a...
AUG 04, 2018
Videos
AUG 04, 2018
The Role of a Genetic Counselor
Learn more about what can be a rewarding job....
AUG 18, 2018
Videos
AUG 18, 2018
Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer
Over an organism’s life, cells keep on dividing and with each division the risk of acquiring a mutation that may lead to cancer increases. Therefore,...
AUG 21, 2018
Videos
AUG 21, 2018
Moody or a Mental Illness?
Parenting is not easy. Sometimes a child's behavior might mean that there is a mental health issue or it could be just a kid having a bad day. Between...
Loading Comments...