Red Mercury! A Myth or NOT?
It is a red-colored liquid, as the name implies, that is suspected to be a expensive compound. Although it has mercury in its name, there is no documentation sufficient to reaffirm the same.
Some people think it's a mysterious healing elixir discovered hidden in the mouths of ancient Egyptian mummies or could it be a potent radioactive substance that could cause the apocalypse? YouTube's videos boast its vampire-like properties. Others claim that this can be found in vintage sewing machines or in bats' nests. Many claim that most of the old monochrome televisions would hold the liquid like a jar in a tiny glass bottle.
Global geopolitics has also given rumors about the substance traction. In the late 1980s, with the fall of communist regimes in Eastern Europe, there was concern about what was happening to their nuclear stockpiles.
Around the time, Mark Hibbs was a journalist investigating disturbing reports that suspicious individuals were offering for sale a previously unknown nuclear device, produced in Soviet laboratories. Her name? Of the red mercury.
"The Soviet Union was a place that over a number of decades secretly accumulated nuclear inventories across a massive territory," he says. "It wasn't clear to us at the time that all those materials - as the Soviet Union began to disintegrate - would remain under lock and key."
So how did the rumors begin? Mark says Russian scientists told him that red mercury was a known nuclear isotope's nickname. But when he asked the governments of Russia and the US, if that story were true, neither would they confirm nor deny.
Finally, there is a red-colored mercury-containing ore that still exists. Mercury sulphide is a comparatively bland substance, to give it its proper name. It is also known as cinnabar and although it is very useful for pottery decoration, it does not cure anything-and could be harmful indeed. Not because it is highly explosive, bear in mind, but because plain old mercury is dangerous to human health.