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8th Feb '17 1:23:09 PM BTD6_maker
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* Carborane superacid is a subversion. While it is classed as a superacid and is one of the strongest known acids, being one million times stronger than even pure sulfuric acid, it is also one of the least corrosive of all acids.
19th Jan '17 11:46:01 AM MsChibi
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A {{subtrope}} of HollywoodScience. Compare PoisonIsCorrosive and AcidPool (when this is applied to a DeathTrap). Has nothing to do with those [[MarijuanaIsLSD other]] [[DisneyAcidSequence kinds]] of acid.

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A {{subtrope}} of HollywoodScience. Compare PoisonIsCorrosive and AcidPool (when this is applied to a DeathTrap). Has nothing to do with those [[MarijuanaIsLSD other]] [[DisneyAcidSequence kinds]] of acid.
acid. Compare BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce, which is almost always PlayedForLaughs.
18th Jan '17 10:12:32 AM Prfnoff
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-->"It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypergolic_propellant hypergolic]] with such things as cloth, wood, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick test engineers]], not to mention asbestos, sand, and water ó with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals ó steel, copper, aluminium, etc. ó because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminium keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere a good pair of running shoes.]]"--[[http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time.php John D. Clark, Rocket Scientist]].

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-->"It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypergolic_propellant hypergolic]] with such things as cloth, wood, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick test engineers]], not to mention asbestos, sand, and water ó with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals ó steel, copper, aluminium, etc. ó because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminium keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere [[DontAskJustRun a good pair of running shoes.]]"--[[http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time.php John D. Clark, Rocket Scientist]].
9th Jan '17 3:40:28 PM Xtifr
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* Clark Kent, in the 1950ís ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' series episode "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS6E12ThePerilsOfSuperman The Perils of Superman]]", was lowered into an enormous vat of acid by chortling villains, who then walked out to arrange their next evil deed. Naturally, Superman then emerged, his costume soaked, but unharmed. Presumably, Kentís glasses and clothes were dissolved.

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* Clark Kent, in the 1950ís ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' series episode "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS6E12ThePerilsOfSuperman The Perils of Superman]]", was lowered into an enormous vat of acid by chortling villains, who then walked out to arrange their next evil deed. Naturally, Superman then emerged, his costume soaked, but unharmed. Presumably, Kentís glasses and clothes were dissolved.
27th Dec '16 8:24:23 PM Troperinik
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode "Let's Play Prince Charming" had [[JerkAss Mr. Cat]] dunk Quack Quack in a tub of this, dissolving half of his body. Fortunately, [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Quack Quack can't die]].
12th Dec '16 11:12:10 PM darkknight109
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** Oddly, hydrofluoric acid is ''not'' considered a strong acid by chemists. Its pH is not nearly as low as hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid. It's dangerous because of ''what'' it can dissolve, not because of how efficient it is at dissolving it.

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** Oddly, hydrofluoric acid is ''not'' considered a strong acid by chemists. Its pH is not nearly as low as hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid. It's Hydrofluoric isn't dangerous because of ''what'' it can dissolve, not its acidity (I.E. how much of the acid forms hydrogen ions, which is how pH is measured), but because of how efficient it contains ionic fluorine, the single-most reactive element in the entire periodic table, which will happily (and extremely aggressively) target and react with anything sufficiently electropositive in its vicinity (it is at dissolving it.the fluorine, not the hydrogen, that reacts with calcium and causes the health issues associated with hydrofluoric acid exposure).
12th Nov '16 2:28:55 PM FordPrefect
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* Between 1943 and 1949, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_George_Haigh John Haigh]], murdered at least six and possibly up to ten people in and around London. His method of disposing of the corpses was to stuff them in large oildrums and add gallons of concentrated acid. This is part of the reason why there is no definite tally of his victims. A human body largely goes to sludge after two days' immersion in acid; when tipped into the sewer system it flushes neatly away. He was only tied to the murder of one suspect because of the few bodily parts not even the strongest acid can dissolve: teeth and gallstones. Haigh, known as The Acid Bath Killer, was executed by hanging in late 1949.

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* Between 1943 and 1949, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_George_Haigh John Haigh]], Haigh]] murdered at least six and possibly up to ten people in and around London. His method of disposing of the corpses was to stuff them in large oildrums and add gallons of concentrated acid. This is part of the reason why there is no definite tally of his victims. A human body largely goes to sludge after two days' immersion in acid; when tipped into the sewer system it flushes neatly away. He was only tied to the murder of one suspect because of the few bodily parts not even the strongest acid can dissolve: teeth and gallstones. Haigh, known as The Acid Bath Killer, was executed by hanging in late 1949.
12th Nov '16 2:27:01 PM FordPrefect
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* Nitric acid looks like plain water until you drop in a piece of material to dissolve, at which point it eagerly plays the trope straight by boiling and bubbling as well as emitting toxic fumes. There's a reason why labs always keep beakers of the stuff under venting hoods and clearly labeled. This, however, refers only to the ''pure'' nitric acid, which, for the reason explained below, is rather rare and expensive. Most ''real'' nitric acid that you can encounter has a significant admixture of nitrogen dioxide ([=NO2=]), a redish-brown toxic and caustic gas. In fact, even if your sample is pure nitric acid readily decomposes into nitrogen dioxide and water with time, and the higher concentration it is, the faster this process becomes. 95% nitric acid is even called "red fuming nitric acid", because it is deeply orange in color and gives constant brownish-orange fumes of [=NO2=] -- the so-called "fox tail".

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* Nitric acid looks like plain water until you drop in a piece of material to dissolve, at which point it eagerly plays the trope straight by boiling and bubbling as well as emitting toxic fumes. There's a reason why labs always keep beakers of the stuff under venting hoods and clearly labeled. This, however, refers only to the ''pure'' nitric acid, which, for the reason explained below, is rather rare and expensive. Most ''real'' nitric acid that you can encounter has a significant admixture of nitrogen dioxide ([=NO2=]), a redish-brown reddish-brown toxic and caustic gas. In fact, even if your sample is pure nitric acid readily decomposes into nitrogen dioxide and water with time, and the higher concentration it is, the faster this process becomes. 95% nitric acid is even called "red fuming nitric acid", because it is deeply orange in color and gives constant brownish-orange fumes of [=NO2=] -- the so-called "fox tail".
12th Nov '16 2:25:48 PM FordPrefect
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** Half-averted with the planet Vortis's naturally occurring {{Acid Pool}}s and rivers in the 1st Doctor serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]]. Although the acid is highly corrosive and instantly eats away at everything it touches (excluding the local terrain, for some reason), its completely transparent and easily mistaken for water. Ian comes very close to scooping up a handful to drink when he first encounters it, which would have ended very badly had the Doctor not stopped him, noting that his tie had dissolved.

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** Half-averted with the planet Vortis's naturally occurring {{Acid Pool}}s and rivers in the 1st Doctor serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]].Planet]]". Although the acid is highly corrosive and instantly eats away at everything it touches (excluding the local terrain, for some reason), its completely transparent and easily mistaken for water. Ian comes very close to scooping up a handful to drink when he first encounters it, which would have ended very badly had the Doctor not stopped him, noting that his tie had dissolved.
12th Nov '16 2:22:17 PM FordPrefect
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** The acid in ''Film/SawVI'', which dissolves a man from the inside out in about ten seconds. While the victim was injected with a large carboy full of hydrofluoric acid, which is '''extremely''' corrosive and can also cause cardiac arrest by interfering with calcium levels in the blood it would not take effect nearly that quickly or be quite so dramatic.

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** The acid in ''Film/SawVI'', which dissolves a man from the inside out in about ten seconds. While the victim was injected with a large carboy full of hydrofluoric acid, which is '''extremely''' corrosive and can also cause cardiac arrest by interfering with calcium levels in the blood blood, it would not take effect nearly that quickly or be quite so dramatic.
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