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Cummingtonite? I'll bring the erotic acid.
April 29, 2011 1:00 PM   Subscribe

From Draculin to Spermadine, Fucitol to Arsole, here is your guide to molecules with silly names. (via kottke)
posted by BuddhaInABucket (15 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Brought to you by Bernard Flapdoodle, President and Founder of The Funny Names Club of America.
posted by grubi at 1:05 PM on April 29, 2011


Previously (although I'm not saying this should be deleted).

This is a true Internet classic!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 1:06 PM on April 29, 2011


There's nothing funny about Draculin. Unless you mean the molecule produced by Francis Ford Coppola. That one was hilarious.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:10 PM on April 29, 2011


The previous thread has a link to www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Chemistry/MOTM/silly/sillymols.htm that gets redirected to www.chm.bris.ac.uk/sillymolecules/sillymols.htm, so it is a double, sorry.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:13 PM on April 29, 2011


There's nothing funny about Draculin.

When I make my list of funny-named molecules, I don't count Draculin.
posted by grubi at 1:20 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


"Believe it or not, some chemists do have a sense of humour"

Lies.
posted by Cheminatrix at 1:23 PM on April 29, 2011


dipost.
posted by benzenedream at 1:24 PM on April 29, 2011


My favorite: Cummingtonite
posted by gurple at 1:55 PM on April 29, 2011


My favorite: Cummingtonite
... Er, um, like in the post title.
posted by gurple at 1:56 PM on April 29, 2011


Wow, 1998 web design at it's finest.
posted by pjern at 1:58 PM on April 29, 2011


Gossypol "was used as a male contraceptive in China, but was never used in the West (and may have since been banned in China as well), since its effects were permanent in about 20% of patients!"

I would think some men would prefer it to a vasectomy, though. I wonder if there is any way to tell *which* 20% will be affected in this way?
posted by misha at 1:59 PM on April 29, 2011


You could ask their kid.
posted by ryanrs at 2:34 PM on April 29, 2011


they forgot to bring home Thebacon.
posted by phredgreen at 3:05 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ah, Cummingtonite. I wonder what its hardness is?

How about its cleavage?

Does it leave a white streak?
posted by Pallas Athena at 7:25 PM on April 29, 2011


Ok, I am so linking to this thread the next time we have a "What should I name my pet?" question.
posted by MexicanYenta at 1:38 AM on April 30, 2011


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