red mercury


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red mercury

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supposedly radioactive substance that could be used in a bomb made from nuclear waste, widely believed to be part of a confidence trick in which gangsters sold useless material to terrorists in the early 1990s
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Iron oxide was used for red but for a brighter red mercury was added which was not only toxic but unpleasant to prepare.
This latter mineral is the red mercury seen in older thermometers and highly toxic.
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The ancient Persians and Greeks considered it a useful ointment and 2nd century Chinese alchemists prized liquid mercury and red mercury sulphide for their supposed ability to increase lifespan and vitality.
A statement for Baghdad Operations Command cited that "an army force managed to dismantle an explosive device placed in the Zaidan area, while another force arrested a wanted man on charges of smuggling red mercury in red-handed in Asia area of Dora district southwest of Baghdad.
"They asked me to pay them sums to buy things they claimed they would use as sacrifices in their witchcraft including red mercury, some black pills and other materials.
Interestingly, both the good and the bad Ishmaels had broached the subject of red mercury. As had maybe a couple dozen other miscreants I'd arrested over the past couple of decades.
NEWCASTLE: 2.00 New Pearl, 2.30 Vegas Belle, 3.00 Dubai Dynamo, 3.30 Boston Blue, 4.00 Red Mercury, 4.30 Hydrant, 5.00 Regal Acclaim.
NEWCASTLE: 2.00 New Pearl, 2.30 Vegas Belle, 3.00 Dubai Dynamo (nap), 3.30 Boston Blue, 4.00 Red Mercury, 4.30 Hydrant, 5.00 Regal Acclaim.
The source, who said he started babbling about the King's secret due to his concern and anger at the King's appointment of Nayif bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud as his heir apparent to the thrown, said the gift was a chemical substance called "Herbal Red Mercury".
Royal Bonsai, a 13-8 chance, was gaining just compensation after going down by a nose at the hands of Red Mercury on his hurdling debut at the Lincolnshire circuit in June.