Friday, October 01, 2010

Pharaoh's snake (or the spawn from hell?)

Check out the creepy alien life form that grows when you burn Mercury(II) thiocyanate. Well, it's not actually living, but it is creepy. I wondered if that is what is in fireworks snakes and checked Wikipedia.  It appears Mercury(II) thiocyanate was the 'classic formula' but the newer snakes use something less toxic. (as seen on MAKE Mag)