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This Is the Grossest Chemical Reaction in Science

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You won’t believe that this video is real.

Science is endlessly fascinating. From evolution to outer space, there’s so much we’ve discovered about the universe and ourselves. Advances and discoveries in biology, chemistry and physics are constantly being unveiled and our knowledge is increasing at a fantastic rate.

In the case of chemistry, you probably remember playing with the Bunsen burner back in high school and making cool reactions from different chemicals. But this particular chemical reaction is something else to behold. If you’ve ever played with a black snake firework as a kid, this is the same idea. Except much, much larger. And for some reason much, much grosser. Believe me, you’ll be in awe of what is called The Pharaoh’s Serpent.

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Strangely alluring yet repulsive…

The Pharaoh’s Serpent

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The Pharaoh’s Serpent is made out of mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2), it’s a formula that creates a hideous snake-like substance when it is met with fire.


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A little brownish yellow vine appears immediately.