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Aerogel - World's Lightest Solid

Aerogel - World's Lightest Solid
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  • Aerogel - World's Lightest Solid
  • Aerogel - World's Lightest Solid
  • Aerogel - World's Lightest Solid
  • Aerogel - World's Lightest Solid
  • Aerogel - World's Lightest Solid

Not only is aerogel the world's lightest solid with a composition of 99.8% air (carbon dioxide) and 0.2% silica gel, and not only does it have sick nicknames, such as "frozen smoke" and "blue smoke", but it also has the capability to withstand a direct blast of 1 KG of motherfucking dynamite and shield precious objects, including delicate flowers and my wiener, from a blowtorch blasting more than 1,300 degrees C. (Not recommended: testing out that last assertion at home, unless you're extremely skilled or in the market to become a woman.)

Aerogel was developed by NASA for use in insulating the Mars Rover, proving once again why "rocket scientist" is the standard profession tossed out to establish someone's intelligence, or lack thereof. The silica compound can support over 1,000 times its own weight--by way of comparison, a 2 gram chunk can hold up to a 2-1/2 kg brick--and its makeup of millions of pores and ridges indicate that if 1 cubic centimeter of aerogel were unraveled, it would cover an entire football field. Kind of like my vomit every time I see Ben Roethlisberger. Future aerogel applications may include ultra-light tennis rackets and super-insulated spacesuits for a manned mission to Mars, or the trip my ex suggested I take back home to hell.

A novel collector's item, and really nothing more in the 1" x 1/2" x 1/2" dimensions sold on Amazon, Aerogel ships in a small acrylic box, and arrives with information on handling.

Purchase Details: $46.95 from Amazon »
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