Wednesday, February 23, 2011

No Doyle, but a chemical spill for your amusement

Sorry, folks, but after 20 odd straight reviews of Doyle, I'm finally going to miss one. I was off at a make up curling game this evening, got back late and missed the first 15 minutes or so of the show. I mean, it seemed like a pretty good episode and there were a few good moments in it. However, as I didn't see the entire episode I don't really feel comfortable review it. Sorry...

On the upside, we won the game. We're 6-4 this season with one game left. We're in the play-offs, though. It's been such a mixed bag of a season. I'd really like to go out on a high note with this team.

And now, for the big news in Iqaluit today. The post office was subject to a chemical attack. Acetic acid was unleashed at the post office, causing it to be evacuated and the staff taken to hospital to be examined.

Which sounds awfully serious and bad. Except acetic acid is vinegar. Yes, the post office closed because of a package leaking vinegar produced fumes that made staff sick. And no, I'm not making this up. Go here and here for proof.

Now, if the fire department says they made the right call, I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. Some wags on Twitter today, who were mocking this pretty hard (I may or may not have been one of them) went so far as to suggest this was an excuse to get part of a day off. Not for a second do I believe this if for no other reason than a few hours off is not worth the punishing amount of mocking they're going to take for the next few weeks.

Still, among the highlight of jabs:
- Fire fighters are on the scene with fish and chips to deal with the vinegar spill.
- It's possible it was someone smuggling white wine and Canada Post was so slow it just turned into vinegar.
- The sad thing is, someone probably could have gotten hundreds of dollars for that vinegar in Arctic Bay.
- Trying to get off work early today. Anyone have a spare bottle of vinegar?

And so on and so forth.

So a bad day for Canada Post. Amusing for the rest of us, though.

Last Five
Listening to Hey Rosetta's Seeds Nicole Atkins Mondo Amore.


vickyth said...

I use concentrated acetic acid in both my dye work and for some darkroom techniques. If it was acetic acid that leaked in its concentrated form, the fumes would be well beyond the mere whiff of vinegar. I use a mask and ventilator while working with the stuff because if you don't, it can leave your lungs feeling like I would imaging an asthma attack would feel (never had one, but can imagine).

I'm guessing the stuff that leaked was the orange stuff used for photography, in which case an evacuation was definitely warranted.

vickyth said...

Amend that to note that even ordinary rice vinegar could make you feel pretty rotten if you breathed it in deeply.

Jordan~Stephanie said...

. . . that girl is the smartest girl on the internet.

massivelyattacked said...

I was just happy to hear that it wasn't my care package...