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MidnightVoice



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(Permalink) Posted: May 17 2007,07:14   

http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/sillymolecules/sillymols.htm

Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names

Believe it or not, some chemists do have a sense of humour, and this page is a testament to that. Here we'll show you some real molecules that have unusual, ridiculous or downright silly names. If you know of any other potential candidates for this page, please let me know. People from all over the world have sent me so many contributions to this page, that I've now had to split it into three smaller pages


Molecules include:

Cummingtonite
This mineral must have the silliest name of them all! Its official name is magnesium iron silicate hydroxide, and it has the formula (Mg,Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2. It got its name from the locality where it was first found, Cummington, Massachusetts, USA.


Dickite
Dickite, Al2Si2O5(OH)4, is a (kaolin) clay-like mineral which exhibits mica-like layers with silicate sheets of 6-membered rings bonded to aluminium oxide/hydroxide layers. Dickite is used in ceramics, as paint filler, rubber, plastics and glossy paper. It got its name from the geologist that discovered it around the 1890s, Dr. W. Thomas Dick, of Lanarkshire, Scotland.

and many others á:D

(And I apologize for the thread title - something got screwed up there  :D)

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Louis



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(Permalink) Posted: May 17 2007,07:27   

LOL

I was wondering who'd find this first! Nice one.

Louis

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MidnightVoice



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(Permalink) Posted: May 17 2007,08:11   

Quote (Louis @ May 17 2007,07:27)
LOL

I was wondering who'd find this first! Nice one.

Louis

I have had it bookmarked for years - probably close to 10!  It just seemed an appropriate time to post it for those who had never seen it  :D

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If I fly the coop some time
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With the few good books that really count
It's a necessary trip

I'll be gone with the girl in the gold silk jacket
The girl with the pearl-driller's hands

  
skeptic



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(Permalink) Posted: May 17 2007,08:25   

LOL Thank you so much for this post.  That's what I love about this board, I learn something new everyday.

  
Louis



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(Permalink) Posted: May 17 2007,09:22   

Quote (MidnightVoice @ May 17 2007,15:11)
I have had it bookmarked for years

Me also. Not quite 10 years, although not far off!

Louis

P.S. Cummingtonite? But of course Monseigneur!

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J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: May 17 2007,12:59   

Can we expect one of the chemists that frequent this site to soon develop:

Tardalot - áPrimarily composed of hot air.

Davescotazine - áa gasseous methane-like substance with no real properties, other than smell, and an old, moldy houseboat

FTKlite - oily, vapid substance, hard to pin down

As other substances occur to you, please post them here for our amusement.

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: May 17 2007,15:18   

Quarks aren't molecules, but their various "flavors" might be worth a mention anyway: up, down, charmed, strange, top (formerly "truth"), bottom (formerly "beauty"). (if I remember them correctly.)

  
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(Permalink) Posted: May 17 2007,15:25   

Quote (J-Dog @ May 17 2007,12:59)
Can we expect one of the chemists that frequent this site to soon develop:

Tardalot - áPrimarily composed of hot air.

Davescotazine - áa gasseous methane-like substance with no real properties, other than smell, and an old, moldy houseboat

FTKlite - oily, vapid substance, hard to pin down

As other substances occur to you, please post them here for our amusement.

Afdavium - densest, most impenetrable material known to science.

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(Permalink) Posted: May 17 2007,15:28   

SalvadorCordite -- promotes bonding of laymanites to pyrite aka "Fool's Gold"

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MidnightVoice



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(Permalink) Posted: May 21 2007,10:27   

An oldie......

The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by physicians at Whatsamata U.  The element, tentatively named Administratium, has no protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0.  However, it does have 1 neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons, and 111 assistant vice-neutrons.  This gives it an atomic mass number of 312.  These 312 particles are held together in the nucleus by meson-like particles called memos.  Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it can be detected chemically as it impedes every reaction it comes in contact with.

According to the discoverers, a minute amount of Administratum caused one reaction to take 4 days to complete when it would normally take 1 second.  Administratum has a normal half life of approximately 3 years, at which time it does not actively decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which assistant neutrons, vice-neutrons, and assistant vice-neutrons exchange places.  Some studies have shown that atomic mass number actually increases after reorganization.

Research at other laboratories indicates that Administratum occurs naturally in the atmosphere.  It tends to condense and concentrate at certain points such as governmental agencies and universities, and can usually be found in the newest, best-appointed, and best-maintained buildings.

Scientists point out that Administratum is known to be toxic at any level of concentration, and can easily destroy any productive reaction where it is allowed to accumulate.  Attempts are being made to determine how Administratum can be controlled to prevent irreversible damage, but results to date are not promising.

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If I fly the coop some time
And take nothing but a grip
With the few good books that really count
It's a necessary trip

I'll be gone with the girl in the gold silk jacket
The girl with the pearl-driller's hands

  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: May 21 2007,10:55   

Re "Attempts are being made to determine how Administratum can be controlled to prevent irreversible damage, but results to date are not promising. "

I vaguely recall something called the Peter Principle, that might be relevant here. ;)

Henry

  
MidnightVoice



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(Permalink) Posted: May 21 2007,15:10   

Quote (Henry J @ May 21 2007,10:55)
I vaguely recall something called the Peter Principle, that might be relevant here. ;)

Henry

Wasn't that being promoted from jobs one could do until one reached one's "Level of Incompetance"?  :)

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If I fly the coop some time
And take nothing but a grip
With the few good books that really count
It's a necessary trip

I'll be gone with the girl in the gold silk jacket
The girl with the pearl-driller's hands

  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: May 21 2007,15:25   

Yep. I figure that's likely to be the process that produces this Administratium in the first place.

Henry

  
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