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Sunday: May 21, 2006

Fun with Chemistry

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Some of you may be wondering what I wrote on The Volokh Conspiracy yesterday that EV himself described as follows:

(The one worthwhile comment was Dr. Weevil’s, which, while skating close to or over the edge as to civility, was at least kind of funny and on-topic, for a change.)

Since he deleted it anyway, along with a stack of idiotic comments from a certain ‘Just’ and others, here it is, as best as I can recall it:

Looks like ‘Just’ is made out of Praseodymium, Iodine, Carbon, and Potassium.

You’ll have to follow the link to see the context.

Here’s another joke. What is this the chemical formula of?

Yes, I know it’s physically impossible: it’s a joke. Suggestions may be placed in the comments, now that they are working again.


  1. M’m. Chicken tetrazzini. (I just realized I have no idea how to spell “tetrazzini”, but hey.)

    Comment by NDO — Sunday: May 21, 2006 @ 9:57 AM GMT-0500

  2. Good ghou that’s an awful (pictorial!) joke. It’s what, a rebus?

    Nice work, Dr. W.

    Comment by Eh Nonymous — Monday: May 22, 2006 @ 12:13 PM GMT-0500

  3. Dr. W, my mom has a slew of such chem jokes (I’m not going to try to draw “di-methyl-tri-ethyl-chickenwire” here, let alone the dread “ether bunnies”). But do you you know the Isaac Asimov short story titled “A Problem of Numbers”? Here’s the plot: Inorganic chemistry grad student wants to marry his professor’s daughter, and is sufficiently old-fashioned as to ask the father’s permission. The professor gives him a string of numbers and says “Tell me what this says, and you will have my blessing.” The string is 69663717263376833047. He gets it, naturally.

    Comment by Michelle Dulak Thomson — Tuesday: May 23, 2006 @ 9:51 PM GMT-0500

  4. Shoot! I’m so late to this thread I missed my chance to timely use the only chemistry joke I know, which was told to me by one of my chem professors: “If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.”

    Comment by Matt — Monday: May 29, 2006 @ 5:08 PM GMT-0500

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