Okay, this is completely bogus…

The folks over at BBspot are callously spreading microbiological misinformation (click for full-size):

This is just plain irresponsible and utterly wrong. Surely everyone can see the obvious problem here, right?

When this happens, the flame is blue, not orange.

Uh, or so I’ve heard.

(If it isn’t obvious – what you do in this situation is calmly take the spreader out and set it on your nice, flameproof benchtop, and set something non-fragile and non-flammable on top of the flaming jar of alcohol, which will then go out quickly as the oxygen gets used up. All the labs I’ve been in lately use “canning” jars for the alcohol in this application, complete with lids which can be set on top to extinguish the flame.)

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The Author is (currently) an autodidactic student of Industrial and Environmental microbiology, who is sick of people assuming all microbiology should be medical in nature, and who would really like to be allowed to go to graduate school one of these days now that he's finished his BS in Microbiology (with a bonus AS in Chemistry). He also enjoys exploring the Big Room (the one with the really high blue ceiling and big light that tracks from one side to the other every day) and looking at its contents from unusual mental angles.

3 thoughts on “Okay, this is completely bogus…”

  1. Hmmm…sounds like a definite subject for a future “risking my very life in the name of science” blog post. (Do I need to create a category for that, I wonder?…)

    Hey! Then I would definitely qualify for several badges…

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