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[*] posted on 7-6-2011 at 09:01 AM
How to destroy an Oil creature


Hiya,
I got a little stuck with my story.
The bad guy of the story isn't really a guy, but an oil-like substance that took the shape of an humanoid.
I used to follow chemistry on Secondary School but I kinda lost it.

Now I'm planning a scene where my characters will try to get him down by using the fact that he's made out of some kind of oil.

How can you 'destroy' an oil substance? Someone suggested me about using soap, but I'm not sure.




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[*] posted on 7-6-2011 at 09:14 AM


Fire would make things worse.

Soap doesn't destroy oil, it just makes it faster.




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[*] posted on 7-6-2011 at 09:14 AM


If fire can use oil as source of fuel it might kill him unless he can re-assemble himself. Keep in mind though, chemistry was not my greatest subject





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[*] posted on 7-6-2011 at 09:18 AM


Well, you could use an acid and emulsify him (sort of like a salad dressing)...
Or you could go Terminator on him and drop him in a vat of boiling metal. That takes care of pretty much anything.
Liquid nitrogen would temporarily almost solidify him and he could be gotten into some kind of confinement while he can't move.

Although, more seriously my advice would be to read a bit about how they clean up oil spills and go on from there.




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[*] posted on 7-6-2011 at 12:53 PM


Thanks for the great responses.
I've been looking around the net and didn't really find something that rings any bells to me.
What if the did come to the idea of using it as fuel? What would happen?




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[*] posted on 7-6-2011 at 02:16 PM


Well, if they set him on fire, they would burn away the oil, possibly. Oil, depending on the type, burns with a thick, carbon-y, black smoke. But burning oil can be super dangerous if you're close to it. My dad's friend just set fire to his kitchen because he left oil burning in a pan on the stove, and the burning oil then spat into his face and burned him >.<

And as for soap, I can't remember the science exactly, but it somehow breaks oils apart/soaks it up/something. That's why washing your face with soap is so drying - it removes natural oils from your skin.




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[*] posted on 7-6-2011 at 02:18 PM


Soap has two parts:

N <-> P

N, or Nonpolar, binds together with the oil.
P, or Polar, binds together with water

That way, water pulls the soap, and soap pulls the oil. That's how it cleans. It does not break up oil. It just helps it move away.




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[*] posted on 7-7-2011 at 02:03 PM


Well, I'd second the acid method. The lab I work in deals with a lot of fats and oils and we clean our glassware by dumping it into a huge acid bath.

Or, if you're into torturing the bad guy, infect him with some oil-eating microbes. (In real life, people use 'em for bioremediation to clean up oil spills.)




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[*] posted on 7-7-2011 at 03:08 PM


Erm, people often use sand or sawdust to soak up oil spills, so that might work to disrupt your villain. Don't know if it would be permanent, though.

Also, window-cleaner or windshield-wiper fluid might work. Since they are designed to dissolve dirt and grease. Or oven and grill cleaners.

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[*] posted on 7-7-2011 at 03:21 PM


Thanks for the responses :D They opened lots of doors =D Thank you!



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[*] posted on 7-8-2011 at 09:15 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Foodmoon  
Erm, people often use sand or sawdust to soak up oil spills, so that might work to disrupt your villain. Don't know if it would be permanent, though.


Would you then end up with a super dangerous oil-soaked-sawdust man?




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[*] posted on 7-29-2011 at 05:36 AM


Quote: Originally posted by SianaBlackwood  
Quote: Originally posted by Foodmoon  
Erm, people often use sand or sawdust to soak up oil spills, so that might work to disrupt your villain. Don't know if it would be permanent, though.


Would you then end up with a super dangerous oil-soaked-sawdust man?


LOL. Probably. "All the better to go up in flames with, my dear." Since sawdust is highly flammable all on its own.:D
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