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April 22nd, 2006
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"I am such a geek" -- Part 41 in a long series
While out driving today during some of my final PCT shopping, I passed a car (I would later notice that it was a Mercedes) with the license plate BENZKO2.

So, naturally, my first thought was: "Ben's potassium oxide? Does potassium even rust?"

(It should be noted for the record that KO2 is actually potassium superoxide, formed by burning. Oxidizing ("rusting") potassium gives you K2O.)

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From:baxil
Date:April 22nd, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)

<joke> </joke>

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So did you hear that chemists have managed to attach tetrahedrally-crystallized carbon to aromatic 6-annulene? A molecular diamond ring. They're thinking of calling it Mercedes-Benzene.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 22nd, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
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It rusts explosively?

We need a special word for that. How about "brust"?
One minute the potassium's just sitting there. The next minute it up and goes *BRUST!!*
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From:kadyg
Date:April 22nd, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)

*Ding ding ding!*

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And we have a winner. I plan to use "Brust" in conversation at the first possible opportunity.
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From:tropism
Date:April 22nd, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Now, the question is, what's a benzene ring with a KO2 molecule tacked on?
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From:tropism
Date:April 23rd, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
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Yes, of course.
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