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Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 35

Acid

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 01, 2007 on The History Channel
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It is the most widely produced chemical in the world and possibly the most dangerous. Take a look at the many uses of acid.
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      • Ever wonder why your eyes water and burn around cut onions? Onions are high in sulfer and emit a gas that reacts with the moisture in your eyes, forming a solution of sulfuric acid. Tears help dilute this acid.

      • In antiquity, Romans mixed acetic acid in lead pots, creating a sweet drink known as "sugar of lead." Consuming it resulted in lead poisoning.

      • Acid rain is a combination of nitric and sulfuric acid and has roughly the same pH as tomato juice.

      • In the Middle Ages, goldsmiths used acid to decorate armor, one of the earliest known application of acid etching.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It's explosive and corrosive, yet it's the most widely used chemical in the world. If controlled it will polish metal but if unleashed it will dissolve it in seconds. From the depths of the Earth's core to the depths of your stomach, this chemical is a cut above the rest. Now: Acid, on Modern Marvels.

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