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Hi Everybody Peeps,


This is a sponge :



Nice isn't it ?



Sponges are great...they are my all time favorite absorbent type retaining of water thing,

Sponges are so good at what they do that we even make fake ones !..because I don't think that many people know that real sponges are animal things !

But where does a sponge come in the top 5 list of absorbency retention ?

Can you tell me what the most liquid absorbing thing is and how absorbent it is ?







 

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How about concentrated Sulphuric Acid?

Not only does it love water - but it gets boiling hot in the process! In fact it has such a strong affinity for water that it will strip water molecules out of other molecules such as starches.

Won't take too much though. Once it's diluted enough it stops caring.  [:-'(]
 

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P4O10 (phosphoric anhydride) is better.
 

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Got to be your average BRAIN ,think about how much imformation they can absorb and they can do it for over a hundred years.In ten years your sponge will be turning into dust.:)
 

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Got to be your average BRAIN ,think about how much imformation they can absorb and they can do it for over a hundred years.In ten years your sponge will be turning into dust.:)

Perhaps you are both right (micky and neil), afterall the brain is like a sponge....so they say.
 

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How about concentrated Sulphuric Acid?

Not only does it love water - but it gets boiling hot in the process! In fact it has such a strong affinity for water that it will strip water molecules out of other molecules such as starches.

Won't take too much though. Once it's diluted enough it stops caring.  [:-'(]

WOW !!.THANK YOU BATMAN !!...Sulphuric acid really likes water !!........so, If I was able to enjoy a Sulphuric Acid Cocktail...what could I use to cool it down ?...and don't forget the little umbrella thingy too !!
 

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P4O10 (phosphoric anhydride) is better.

Wooo !!...I don't know what it is...but it has numbers and stuff and this impresses me..THANK YOU Alberto !
 

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Got to be your average BRAIN ,think about how much imformation they can absorb and they can do it for over a hundred years.In ten years your sponge will be turning into dust.:)

EXCELLENT answer....(of course....it's a slant on what I was asking)........I hope  for one day , that my brain will  actually start to absorb information !!...THANK YOU MICHAEL!!
 

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Got to be your average BRAIN ,think about how much imformation they can absorb and they can do it for over a hundred years.In ten years your sponge will be turning into dust.:)

Perhaps you are both right (micky and neil), afterall the brain is like a sponge....so they say.


I wonder if a dried out brain would actually make a good sponge !!....I'm in noi hurry to empirically find that out !
 

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In the US they are selling a towel-like material that is supposed to absorb (25x?) as much as a sponge. They have this LOUD salesman talking about it so I sure it out if it comes on one of the programs I am watching. Next time it comes on again I'll write it down and post it.
 

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In the US they are selling a towel-like material that is supposed to absorb (25x?) as much as a sponge. They have this LOUD salesman talking about it so I sure it out if it comes on one of the programs I am watching. Next time it comes on again I'll write it down and post it.

Thanks Jimmy Boy....I look forward to some loud mouthed hard selling super absorbent selling info !
 

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Got to be your average BRAIN ,think about how much imformation they can absorb and they can do it for over a hundred years.In ten years your sponge will be turning into dust.:)

Perhaps you are both right (micky and neil), afterall the brain is like a sponge....so they say.


I wonder if a dried out brain would actually make a good sponge !!....I'm in noi hurry to empirically find that out !

No worries I'll donate mine.. it dried out years ago !LOL
 

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there will be no brain donation!
 

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there will be no brain donation!

Certainly not by me !!...haven't got one to donate !! *smiles*
 

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well you could always donate your daughter's... in the name of science of course..... just kidding
 

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well you could always donate your daughter's... in the name of science of course..... just kidding

LOL...I know ewe're joking....and me is pleased ewe know I am too !
 

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yes but after i said it i thought perhaps a new person would come along and be scared off because i suggested that you see how absorbant your daughter's brain was... lol
 

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there will be no brain donation!

WHAT??? you don't like me brain Kadie?? LOL
 

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there will be no brain donation!

Certainly not by me !!...haven't got one to donate !! *smiles*

OH now now.. You have quite a witty brain.. LOL i wouldn't have to be so quick to donate mine If I had yours Kind sir! LOL Hee hee! I might even be able to catch on to some of the odd jokes that fly past me head at light speed!
 

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i have nothing against your brain. i think it's wonderful. i'm just thinking live brain donation is a bad idea
 

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H*LL That's the problem, it's not alive >>LOL HEE HEE HEE!
 

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In the US they are selling a towel-like material that is supposed to absorb (25x?) as much as a sponge. They have this LOUD salesman talking about it so I sure it out if it comes on one of the programs I am watching. Next time it comes on again I'll write it down and post it.
Yes, there also exists toys (a friend of me bought a little crocodile) made of cellulose, which absorbs a great amount of water becoming much bigger! I don't remember how much, maybe more than 100 times the initial weight.
She put that little crocodile (~10 cm) in the bath tube and after some hours it became half a metre!
 

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oh yes we sell those at work. they say they get to be six hundred times their original size
 

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Now the more interesting thing.. What DO you do at work? ;)
 

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IIRC human brains are very fatty so I suspect they would make lousy sponges.
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Cockpit/8107/superabsorbe.html
gives lots of stuff about absorbant materials
 

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