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What do those little silica packets do?


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#741 of 775 Steve_Tk

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Posted April 27 2010 - 05:15 AM

Agreed.

You've been on this forum a while if you joined prior to Silica.



#742 of 775 Mike Frezon

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Posted April 27 2010 - 07:01 AM



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#743 of 775 Greg_S_H

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Posted April 27 2010 - 08:40 AM

I was just trying to give a nice welcome home to a prodigal son.  I figure we all know the true purpose of silica*.  /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif






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#744 of 775 drobbins

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Posted April 27 2010 - 08:49 AM

What surprised me is how long this thread sat idle. Over a year passed between post 736 & 737. Can silica absorb time also?


#745 of 775 Jason Charlton

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Posted April 27 2010 - 09:32 AM



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Then...by Post #6...we were off and running!  /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif
 
And we marvel at what those first 17 minutes have spawned...

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#746 of 775 Marianne

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Posted April 28 2010 - 04:01 AM

The Guinness Book of World Records shows that the person who has the largest collection of silica packets lives in Greece.
Coincidence? I think not!




#747 of 775 Jason Charlton

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Posted April 28 2010 - 05:04 AM

Coming soon to QVC!

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For all your moisture absorption needs!

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#748 of 775 Marianne

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Posted April 28 2010 - 05:41 AM

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#749 of 775 Matthew Ploor

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Posted July 11 2011 - 03:37 PM

At last! A real answer to the question what do those little silica packets do... if you eat them! http://www.slate.com...8798/?GT1=38001 According to the article the answer is: nothing. Well, that was anitclimactic.

#750 of 775 Bryan X

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Posted July 12 2011 - 03:14 PM

That article is so full of $hit. They didn't even mention salsa. :rolleyes:

#751 of 775 Adam Lenhardt

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Posted July 12 2011 - 03:46 PM

I don't even think the author knows what they're used for. Since nobody's mentioned it so far: they absorb moisture.

#752 of 775 Bob Graz

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Posted July 13 2011 - 07:32 AM

I would have thought that interest in this thread would have dried up by now...

#753 of 775 Tony Whalen

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Posted September 03 2011 - 07:28 PM

Y'know... Costco sells giant tubs of salsa. I wonder if they come packed in boxes with silica? Or would that just open a singularity? Off topic a bit.... does anyone know what those little packets REALLY do? I fear I've forgotten...

#754 of 775 Greg_S_H

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Posted September 04 2011 - 08:11 AM

Tony Whalen. He's back, and he's BAD! Now it's going to bother me. What movie is that from? Short Circuit 2?

#755 of 775 TonyD

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Posted September 05 2011 - 02:37 PM

It's written right on the packet that you shouldn't eat it but it comes packaged in food items including dog treats, hmmmm.

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#756 of 775 Ralphie_B

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Posted September 06 2011 - 04:34 AM

Yup, as said above, they are dessicant packets.  They absorb atmospheric moisture/humidity during transportation/storage in uncontrolled transports/warehouses, so your shoes/electronics/doggie treats/etc don't. :-)



#757 of 775 Russell G

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Posted September 06 2011 - 08:19 AM

So they absorb moisture? Why don't they get bigger from all the moisture they absorb??


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#758 of 775 Greg_S_H

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Posted September 06 2011 - 08:38 AM

Fun fact: International law prohibits the transportation of silica packets aboard ships. There's too much risk of the ocean drying up if the ship were to sink. Also, silica packets cannot be flown above the ocean in case of a crash, for the same reason. Silica packets must be manufactured either within country or at least in a neighboring country with land access. (from a quick sampling of past posts, I'm pretty sure this has been covered)

#759 of 775 Tony Whalen

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Posted September 14 2011 - 01:47 PM

So they absorb moisture? Why don't they get bigger from all the moisture they absorb??

They actually DO Russell. It's just that those little packets allegedly also contain a small access point into N-space, so that the moisture is wicked away into another dimension, thus preventing the contents from swelling and maintaining the space/time continuum. Except it doesn't work on salsa for some reason. (Well that's what I heard!)

#760 of 775 Marko Berg

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Posted September 17 2011 - 04:15 AM

It's good to have Tony Whalen back on the boards. I was worried for a time that apparently silica was able to absorb member accounts here on the HTF, but somehow Tony overcame the problem. Thanks for visiting Costco and buying that giant tub of salsa.




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