PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Have you ever thought about roasting marshmallows over volcanic vents? The United States Geological Survey has a simple advice for you: just don't.
The advice came about, after a tweet to the agency by a Twitter user.
The tweet was made on Monday. According to the Twitter profile, Furr is a Vermont resident. USGS officials quickly responded.
Erm...we're going to have to say no, that's not safe. (Please don't try!) If the vent is emitting a lot of SO2 or H2S, they would taste BAD. And if you add sulfuric acid (in vog, for example) to sugar, you get a pretty spectacular reaction.— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 29, 2018
USGS officials say if a vent is emitting a lot of Sulfur dioxide or Hydrogen sulfide, the roasted marshmallow would taste bad. Furthermore, if sulfuric acid is added to sugar, USGS officials say there would be a "pretty spectacular reaction". They also noted that sulfuric acid is found in "vog".
According to the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN), "vog" is hazy air pollution caused by volcanic emissions.
Since the tweet was made, it has been retweeted close to 100 times, and people other than the USGS are responding.
Ppl like you are the very reason manufacturers include warnings in their instruction manuals advising ppl not to use electrical appliances while bathing or showering!!— barrieblonde 🐈📖 (@barrieblonde) May 30, 2018
Stop trolling the @USGS , they’ve got important volcano things to do— Tony Rice (@rtphokie) May 29, 2018
I used my Ouija Board to check with Charles Darwin...he said "Sure..it's fine ...go ahead, but make sure you have no offspring first".— Ken (Taters) Flask (@tatersbd) May 29, 2018
Furr said he was joking when he made the tweet, but the man appears to be getting a bit uncomfortable with the attention, as of Tuesday.
Slightly weirded out by the sheer *volume* of hits on "Jay Furr marshmallow lava" today. https://t.co/wGktm8BvbH— Jay Furr (@jayfurr) May 30, 2018