Thursday, January 05


Pixy's Party Hints #1

Instead of inflating your balloons with helium, why not try xenon? Imagine the surprise on the kids' faces when their balloons fall to the ground like rocks! And enjoy the side effects - not only does it make your voice deeper, it actually renders you unconscious!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 11:38 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 You have any idea how expensive Xenon is? It isn't at all easy to come by. According to this site: The rare gases Xenon (Xe), Krypton (Kr) and Neon (Ne) are sourced from the air we breathe. All three are obtained from air separation plants, such as those built and operated by Linde. Because of their very low natural concentration in air, it is only economically viable to recover these rare gases from very large air separation facilities (greater than 1,000 tons of oxygen per day). After nitrogen, oxygen and argon are pulled off of the distillation column, Ne is then recovered by splitting a crude neon stream from the plant and processing it in a separate purification system. For the Xe and Kr, a stream containing a mixture of crude xenon and krypton is finally extracted from the plant and processed in another separate purification and distillation system. It turns out that Xenon makes up .09 ppm of air. If the plant is producing a thousand metric tons of oxygen per day, it will produce less than 430 grams of xenon per day. Yikes!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, January 06 2006 12:22 AM (CJBEv)

2 Questionable content??? ME?!?!?!

Posted by: Wonderduck at Friday, January 06 2006 01:52 AM (mAAjO)

3 Steven - Yep. I was reading up on it and I found the price of $10 per litre. Took me a while to figure out that meant one litre at STP. It's considered too expensive even to use as an anaesthetic. This isn't "Pixy's Practical Party Hints". I'll save those for another day.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 06 2006 03:56 AM (LUBRF)

4 That's so random. I love it. Anyway, who says parties have to be practical? How practical is having a truckload of artifical snow in Texas, in the summer, for a kid's fourth birthday party?

Posted by: owlish at Friday, January 06 2006 09:42 AM (GDqxH)

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