Phosphorus (Red) 50mm Lucite Cube

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Phosphorus (Red) 50mm Lucite Cube

80.00

Here we finally stock phosphorus, a non-metallic and naughty little element. Phosphorus has been a staple of industry since the 1800's when it was found to be just the right ingredient for starting fires, thus beginning the phasing out of cumbersome flint-and-tinder methods of firestarting. However, in those early days it was the white, and not red, allotrope that was used. White phosphorus is not only self-igniting but also extremely toxic. So, following large public scandals, the world slowly turned to the much less toxic red kind.

And to this day you see the brick red phsophorus on the side of matchbooks where it continues to have a presence in just about every home worldwide. Not too long ago phosphorus became mired in new controversy when a cheap process for making meth from cold medicine and phosphorus was revealed. While the phosphorus is in this case only a catalyst the DEA quickly put a stop to unregulated commerce in this chemical giving rise to the almost comical sight of junkies buying up matchbooks by the hundreds to scrape off the phosphorus.

Speaking of which, in order to comply with regulations and to stay on the good side of the Feds we are required to record every transaction involving the sale of phosphorus and sending overseas is a no-no. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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