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What do those little silica packets do?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Dave Poehlman, May 27, 2003.

  1. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Well-Known Member

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    You know the ones... they usually come in a box of new shoes or usually something with leather and they say "DO NOT EAT" on them. What is their purpose? Do they keep things fresh? Do they absorb odors?
     
  2. Mark Barnhill

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    They absorb moisture from the air [​IMG]
     
  3. Chris Knox

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    Actually if I remember correctly, their purpose is to absorb moisture. I could be wrong...
     
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    I think they absorb moisture.[​IMG]
     
  5. Kevin P

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    That's exactly what they do, absorb moisture.
     
  6. Evan Case

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    And salsa.

    Evan
     
  7. John Thomas

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    But mostly moisture.
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  8. Ryan Wright

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    I wonder if they absorb moisture? [​IMG]
    We bought a bunch of equipment at work that came with rather large silica packets - they were several inches across. I immediately pulled one out and said, "Sweet! They included candy with our order!" I then opened a package, poured some into my hand and motioned as if I was going to put them in my mouth. The reaction from my coworkers was hilarious - cries of "No wait!", "Don't eat that!", "It's not candy!!" ... Totally made my day.
    The worst part about those little packets is the warning on the front. You just know somebody opened up a new hard drive and stupidly thought they sent him some complimentary candy. [​IMG]
     
  9. Bryan X

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    I don't know if anyone mentioned this yet (it's a long thread and I didn't want to read all the posts), but they do absorb moisture. I also heard a rumor that they absorb salsa, but I don't know if that's true. [​IMG]
     
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    I read somewhere just recently that they absorb moisture.
     
  11. Holadem

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    Anyway, to answer the original question, they absorb moisture.

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  12. Mark Brewer

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    So if your suffering from water retention swallow a half dozen and you'll be fine...[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Man, did this thread ever go OT.

    Getting back to the question you asked, Dave, they're for the absorption of moisture. Rumors of salsa absorption are totally unfounded.
     
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    I read that these packets help keep things dry by absorption, but what they actually absorb is anybody's guess.

    Any ideas, anybody?
     
  15. Kirk Gunn

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    Where can I get the ones that absorb salsa ? Do they work on margaritas ?
     
  16. Scott Littlefield

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    What a coincidence! I also absorb both moisture and salsa!
     
  17. Mark Barnhill

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    I don't know if this is OT or not, but would any of you know what those packets of silica are for?
     
  18. Andrew W

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    Can anyone tell me where I can get some of those little packets of salsa that they throw in the box with new hard drives?
     
  19. Craig S

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    I believe those salsa packets get absorbed by the silica packets by the time the box hits the store shelves.

    But that's just a rumor - I have no way of knowing for sure.
     
  20. Keith Mickunas

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    They don't absorb salsa, they poison it. Geesh. Some people aren't paying close enough attention.

    As for the original question, I think some are labeled that they absorb moisture. Others aren't labeled as such, so perhaps they absorb something else. Try sticking one under your armpit for a day and see how that turns out.
     

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