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Smoking Fingers

Posted in Fun Stuff | NonTech at Friday, May 18, 2007 1:34 PM W. Europe Daylight Time

Expect your fingers to turn yellow the next day when you're doing this twice. But yeah, it actually works!

Update: According to Ryan's comment the "trick" produces a highly toxic chemicals. Don't try this at home, kids!

Yellow Fingers

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Saturday, June 23, 2007 7:00:30 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)
The "fingers turning yellow" thing is actually a fairly significant chemical burn. You're rubbing your fingers in white phosphorous, which ignites at 10 or 15 degrees above room temperature (thus the "smoke", which is actually phosphorous pentoxide), is highly toxic (as little as 15mg can kill you in 7 to 10 days), and causes severe necrotic burns with a yellow, waxy appearence and a garlicy smell. It'll absorb into your skin when you get burned. If you ingest any quantity of it, you will likely die.

Don't breathe in the smoke, either; it probably won't kill you, but it reacts exothermically with water, meaning that it's a severe mucous membrane irritant. Holding a wet cloth to your mouth while you are near the smoke will counteract this.
Ryan
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