Sulfur hexafluoride is basically the opposite of helium. It has a density of 6.12 g/L at sea level conditions, which is considerably higher than that of air. This means that when you inhale it, your voice gets creepily lower. However, inhalation of this gas is not recommended because it is difficult to get back out of your lungs once ingested. This, of course, hasn’t stopped people from doing it. Here are a couple of my favorite SF6 moments from the interwebs.
Sulfur Hexafluoride Blooper. Skip the first minute or so to get to the good part.
Neil Patrick Harris and Kelly Ripa inhale sulfur hexafluoride
Best wishes to everyone’s favorite boy band member/90’s teen sensation/SNL host/curl-rocker. Spend the day perusing the 22 Looks Justin Timberlake Needs to Bring Back, watching old ‘NSync music videos, or perhaps catching his pure theatrical genius in 2000’s Model Behavior. I, personally, will be spending my afternoon reviewing every appearance of Justin as Robin Gibb. Hit the jump to watch JT and Jimmy Fallon in their Bee Gees best.
Of course you already saw the latest from M.I.A. Just go ahead and watch that masterpiece again. Americans might not realize the vid is pretty political because it shows women behind the wheel. Just a few months ago, a woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for driving in Saudi Arabia.
Here’s one of the clips that inspired M.I.A.’s drifting vid. These arab locos pull two wheels off the car so they can use them as tables. While the car is in motion!
If you’ve got more time for eating beats, dig on Azealia Banks. This song is DOPE. And it’s pretty dirty. (NSFW if your work sux.) She’s one of few female emcees known to rap about lesbian sex.
My officemate, Staff Writer Margaret Wright, introduced me to Maluca, the Dominican emcee from the Bronx. Her work genre-hops. This booty-shaker is the single she’s pushing right now. Good good. And those are the sickest tights I’ve seen in a minute.
DJ Tahnee told me about Little Dragon, this Swedish R&Bish dream-maker. I now own the band’s whole catalog. xoxoxo 4eva.
OK. That’s what I’m listening to. You may now return to your regularly scheduled p.m. doldrums. Or go attempt feats more astounding than these.
Yesterday, while falling down a YouTube hole about weird jazz, I accidentally discovered some vids made just so users could enjoy an Easter egg. It’s been around since 2010, so I’m super late to the party.
Here’s what you do:
• Pause a YouTube video by clicking on the screen
• Hold down the left arrow key for about three seconds. The video will rewind, but don’t worry.
• Hit the up or down arrow, and the classic game of snake should appear on your screen. You can let go of that left arrow and begin controlling the snake normally.
People made special blank screens just for this purpose, though it works on any vid.
I don’t even know what to say about this one. Apparently this video’s been around for the better part of a year. Why, then, has something so magnificent gone under my radar that long? No clue. And I’m not sure what strikes me as more unnerving about it: the robotically flawless choreography, that a five-minute (again, robotically flawless) mariachi-esque tune is being played by what appears to be 5-year-olds dressed as sailors, or the fact that I’ve never achieved anything half as interesting in my life.