How civilization will end

Mike O'Dell mo at
Sat Feb 25 10:08:05 CST 2012

Given that surgeons routinely use superglue to close incisions,
it isn't *that* dangerous.  and it will almost certainly peel off
because the skin is always shedding layers. if you get anxious,
acetone is a good solvent, assuming you don't get hysterical
about acetone. There is a special bio-friendly solvent which
is used by docs and EMTs when people manage to glue their eyelids
together. this is surprisingly common given that you stick a pin in the 
and people invariably squeeze the tube while they are at it, and they
look closely to see to do it and - SPLURT!

the general class of chemical is "cyanoacrylates"
and they were first developed by Eastman Chemical (not the
film company). Hence, the name "Eastman 910" was the first
synonym for "cyanoacrylate" - only later did it become "superglue".
the most novel use was bonding the skins to the wings of the 747.
that's why there's a huge expanse of smooth surface devoid of
rivet heads.  as you can imagine, the FAA took some convincing
before they let that happen.


On 2/24/12 6:43 PM, Phil wrote:
> Dear Tacoistas
> As my long-suffering friends already know, being a University academic isn't always what it's cracked up to be. However, it does occasionally give insights into society and culture that might otherwise have passed unnoticed. Today, for example, I discovered the ultimate fate of civilization.
> A final-year chemistry undergraduate came to me with a problem. How best to seal an aqueous gel electrolyte between two electrodes so as to prevent it from drying out? He'd tried tape but, poor lad, he has fingers like sausages and the final packaging was insufficient. He was stumped.
> I suggested first that he try a thin fillet of superglue around the periphery. He dutifully wrote this idea down in his lab notebook. Then I said, better still, use a quick-setting epoxy resin. He asked me how to spell "epoxy", then asked, "Does this stuff go by any other name?"
> Yes, I replied surprised, it's called Araldite, but you need 'Araldite Rapid'. He asked me if I would spell "Araldite". Had he never used epoxy glues before? No. Did he know what superglue is? "Yes", came the reply, "but I've never actually used it." Had he ever used glue? "Of course" he replied, "but probably not since I left junior school."
> My son is a sophomore undergraduate, reading philosophy and political science. His interests are Descartes and Hegel, but I'd be ashamed of both of us if he couldn't choose the right glue to carry out an emergency repair.
> So, there you have it. In one more generation, civilization will not just collapse, but literally fall to pieces.
> [Incidentally, another student knew all about superglue and Araldite, but pointed out that they were both 'dangerous' because superglue will glue your skin together permanently, and epoxy resins are carcinogenic. I guess the manufacturers of "No More Nails" made entirely the wrong decision.]
> Phil M1GWZ
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