Friday, September 3, 2010

Laboratory Disaster Stories

Do you need some good reasons to wear your lab goggles?  Check out the Lab Horror Stories thread on Reddit.
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 Here's one short and sweet example from an organic chemistry lab:
When I was in organic lab, my TA closed my heating reaction flask a little too tightly. It blew up. I pulled three pieces of glass out of my forehead right above my right eyebrow. The stopper hit my partner in the head. We lived long enough for the department to let us graduate.

Yay for goggles!
For educational and entertainment purposes only, please don't do any of these things yourself.

Link from Boingboing:
Or does it explode?: Reddit collection of laboratory disaster stories - Boing Boing
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