Iron Eating Stone Found in Myanmar by Soldier: Fact Check


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Iron Eating Stone Found in Myanmar by Soldier

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Iron Eating Stone Found in Myanmar by a Karen Soldier.

Other Versions

1. Iron-eating stone is in Myanmar. Found by a Karen Soldier. Put the gun close to it, then the gun melted.

2. (Hindi)
लोहे को Melt कर देता है ये पत्थर Magical Stone found in Myanmar MELTS IRON by a Karen Soldier,

Fact Check:

An interesting video in wide circulation claims to show a Magical Iron Eating Stone Found in Myanmar by a Karen Soldier. The video showing a Nail placed on the black stone melting within matter of few seconds surprised millions of viewers and became viral on social media. Contrast to the impression given with the video, the claims are misleading and not true.

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No Iron Eating Stone Found in Myanmar

Yes, contrary to the claims in the message, there’s no Iron eating Stone found in Myanmar by any Karen soldier. At first sight, viewers obviously think the nail placed on the black stone could be made of Iron or Steel and the melting outcome appears strange. But what you see in the video is actually a Nail made from the soft, silvery blue metal called Gallium (Ga). Gallium is brittle solid at low temperatures and a liquid at temperatures greater than 29.76 °C. The normal human body temperature is 37.5 °C, so interestingly, Gallium metal will melt in a person’s hands. Note in video, the person placing the nail on the stone uses Gloves to make sure it does not melt in his hand. The black stone sitting in sun can easily heat up and melt the Gallium nail on it within seconds.

Image of Gallium metal melting in a person's hands.
Gallium metal melting in a person’s hands.

On the other hand, it is quite easy to mold a nail using Gallium metal. In the video below, a man makes a nail molding liquid Gallium metal and also hits it inside a wooden block before melting it with a hair dryer.

To sum up, the claims about a Magical Iron Eating Stone Found in Myanmar by a Karen Soldier are hoaxes. The video simply shows melting of nail made of Gallium metal placed on a black stone in sun, which is a natural phenomenon.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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Prashanth Damarla
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