So why does chemistry’s role in accidents get highlighted, and whose fault is it that people are so scared of chemicals?
Simple - mine. It’s my fault, and my grandfather’s. We are responsible for chemophobia. Why? Well, grandfather’s sodium demo certainly fuelled my enthusiasm for chemistry. But it didn’t spark it - that happened somewhere else. And sparking an interest is what he should have done and what I should be doing.
Pouring fuel onto the flames of enthusiasm is easy, especially with chemistry. The theatre is easy, too - the bangs, the flames, the explosions, the pops, the whizzes, the smoke and the rockets are fabulously entertaining. I love it, and I love the whoops and cries and applause from the audience.
But at the end of the day, what did the audience remember? Just those bangs - and not a jot of chemistry. Explosive, flaming chemistry demos do nothing to show what chemistry can build and everything to highlight what it can destroy. And in the process, they blow out any flickering interest in chemistry and replace it with fear.
Chemistry classes should be cooking classes. Because who doesn’t love food? And what cooking isn’t chemistry?
Although I should add that, in addition to growing up cooking, I blew all kinds of stuff up in lab and made every kind of bang, whizz, and whoosh reaction I could, and I fell in love with science.
You don’t know scientific beauty until you light an entire ribbon of magnesium and watch its blinding glow.
But anyway, more cooking = more chemistry.
And tell me they aren’t beautiful.”
Him-“your eyes aren’t beautiful”
Her-*slaps him* baabe!
Him-“how could you get mad at me for doing what you told me to do? If you want me rebel against you, and I do, you hate me. If I do what you tell me to do, you hate me. Sounds to me like its time we went our separate ways”
i always wanted to find you waldo
but not like this
not like this
Of today’s youth. Fuuuuuuck. And when I say youth I mean like 30 and under. Obviously not EVERYONE 30 and under but the ignorance is spread through all ages. Grrrrrr. People.
If you ask permission to use a ball gag it is no longer fun.
…alright well it’s still kind of fun but it does catch me off guard
These are real snowflakes, photographed by Alexey Kljatov with a macro lens. Truly beautiful stuff in this collection. As a bonus, he’s posted high-res versions too, and they’re all free to download. source
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I just made the most inhuman noise
WHEN IT REALIZES THE PERSON IS STILL THERE AND GOES BACK TO BEING ‘DEAD’
quite possibly the greatest reaction to the meteor in russia
YES I FOUND IT
whatcha thinkin bout
Two puns for the price of one