Maybe that explains something about how my brain works these days. Maybe not.
But last week the Star Tribune reported:
A new state law requires that all K-12 schools in Minnesota
must stop buying mercury by the end of this year
and get rid of it and instruments containing the toxic material by the end of 2009.
When a student carrying an old barometer accidentally dropped it in a high school classroom in December, "all hell broke loose," according to Larry Peterson, superintendent of the Eden Valley-Watkins School District near St. Cloud.
The mercury that spilled out of the barometer brought state pollution control workers and a hazardous waste crew. School was canceled for a few days, an older spill of mercury was detected and, before it was over, the district had a $126,000 cleanup bill.