A Victorian Take on “Red Mercury”

In the Victorian era, beauty treatments could be fatal.  In addition to using arsenic, belladonna, ammonia and lead-based paints (for that “whiter-than-white” look), women used vermillion, “a known poison,” was used as an early lipstick (Atlas Obscura).  In those days, vermillion was also know as our friend, Red Mercury, another example of how this substance has been lethal over the years.

Remember: Red Mercury does not exist and anything that claims to be Red Mercury is hazardous to your health.

Michael P. Moore

December 18, 2015

moe (at) landminesinafrica (dot) org

One thought on “A Victorian Take on “Red Mercury”

  1. Can anyone tell me how dense the Wigner energy in graphite is? The favoured chemical seems to be someone only in 1 Russian journal and I don’t see any peer review on it. Hg2Sb2O7 was the apparent product (but we all know about Russian journals). It just interests me that they MIGHT have found not a ballotechnic, but something that can store Wigner energy at a higher density. I mean, it might be useful… although I can’t think of anything practical other than heating a swimming pool faster, but fake adverts for it seem to roll around with annoying regularity. If you ask for a certificate of analysis, it’s a joke. Ask for a GC-MS, it’s a joke and ask for an NMR and suddenly all goes quiet. I’m unconvinced of it’s use as the trigger for a fusion device (I presume you put deutirium and tritium inside a pit made from it…. kind of unlikely.


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