Buttle's World

27 January, 2010

In Case You Thought Chemistry Was Dull

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 15:52

You don’t have to know any chemistry at all to enjoy this geek humor, thanks to the highly reactive writing style of Derek Lowe, PhD.

These Bavarian rowdies have prepared a series of salts of the unnerving azidotetrazolate anion. As they point out, the anion was described back in 1939 (in what I hope was a coincidental association with the outbreak of the Second World War), but its salts are “rarely described in the literature”. Yes indeed! People rarely spray hungry mountain lions with Worcestershire sauce, either, come to think of it.

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