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More Chemistry at Sporcle

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

I’ve updated the quiz on Nobel laureates to include the most recent winners. Can you name a chemistry laureate’s surname for each letter of the alphabet?

Also figured I’d mention what is probably my all-time favorite quiz from the site: name an element that fits each of the thirty given criteria.  

Previous posts (1 2) cover some of my other favorite chemistry quizzes.

Chemistry Error on Seinfeld

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Something didn’t quite look right when I saw this scene from ‘Seinfeld’ in real time:

Closer inspection of the fire diamond reveals the flammability rating of the paint thinner to be 8:


That’s pretty impressive, considering the maximum score is 4 on the NFPA 704 standard. If acetylene is a 4, I wouldn’t want to be driving around town with an 8 in my trunk.

For those curious, the episode is ‘The Pothole’ from Season 8. The IMDB page for the episode already lists the scene as a goof.

Longtime readers will remember that this is not the only time Jerry Seinfeld has used chemistry for laughs.

WWWTP? – Tristillation of Tequila

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

I talked about this video on Twitter (via @davidperrey) and others have commented on it, but I just wanted to enter it into the WWWTP archive. It is a doozy:

Tristillation is complete b.s., but they really did present it in a lovely manner.

Hat tip: B.J. for e-mailing the link
Elsewhere: Just Like Cooking

Quiz: Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, per Letter

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Test your Nobel knowledge…

Can you name a Nobel laureate in chemistry for each letter of the alphabet (surnames only)?

You can check out everyone’s results (and the answers) here.

Quiz: Named Chemical Reagents and Catalysts

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

I made this little ditty on Sporcle. Given a systematic name of a molecule, provide the last name of the chemist for whom the reagent or catalyst is named…