For those amateur chemists out there who might be tempted to mix NH4Cr2O7 with HgSCN some time in the near future, just …don’t. Because WAIT FOR IT…
That’s about the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. Or the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I can’t quite decide which response is uppermost in my mind as I watch it.
In an attempt to figure out what the heck is going on in that video (and, perhaps, to decide if I love or fear it), I came up with something that is a mildly more English description. Mildly.
OK, fine. I’ve decided. It’s awesome. But just…don’t.