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Posted on Aug 27, 2016

Which Of These Childishly Named Chemicals Are Real?

"Arsole" or "Bumzene"?

  1. Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Yes, arsole really is a chemical which contains a ring.

  2. Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Moronic acid. Yup.

    Derived from the mora tree, you see.

  3. upload.wikimedia.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Cummingtonite is named after Cummington, Massachusetts, where it was first found,

    And you need to get your mind out of the gutter.

  4. Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Dickite, named after the chemist Allan Brugh Dick, obviously.

  5. en.wikipedia.org
  6. Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Penguinone.

    Because the molecule looks a bit like a penguin when it's drawn in 2D.

  7. en.wikipedia.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's a protein found in the saliva of vampire bats, obviously.

  8. Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Bastardane it is.

    It gets its name because it's the "unwanted child", which seems a bit harsh,

  9. Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Apparently it causes constipation.

  10. Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's a fungicide, technically called pentachloronitrobenzene.

CORRECTION

The chemical in question one contains an aromatic ring. An original version of this post said that it contained a benzene ring. This is doubly unfortunate, since "aromatic ring" is much funnier in the context.

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