Chemical Blunders And Conan O’Brien
Mar30

Chemical Blunders And Conan O’Brien

In this week's Newscripts, I wrote about an unfortunate chemical error that made it into print in Ohio. One of our readers, David M. Manuta, sent in a newspaper clipping about road deicers that mentioned a particularly effective salt: "sodium magnesium." Sadly, this blunder could have been avoided had the writer checked in with a chemist (a regular old chemist--no advanced degrees needed here to clear things up) before publication. This clipping brought to mind "The Tonight Show" segment entitled "Headlines," in which Jay Leno uses erroneous bits from newspapers and magazines to make his audience laugh. Of course, this molecular error would probably not amuse the general public--just us chemists.  But the point I wanted to make in this post is that Leno doesn't really amuse me that much. I introduced the Newscripts with "Headlines" because he's popular, although I'm not quite sure why. Personally, I'm With Coco. As a tribute to Conan O'Brien and as a way to repent for my mention of Leno, I was going to repost last year's hilarious clip of O'Brien chastising the New York Times for a blunder about boron that it printed. The problem is that NBC ("The Man") has taken the video down. This leaves me with two questions. 1) Does anyone out there still have the clip to share? and 2) Does anyone have any other published chemical errors that they'd like to...

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Periodic Table Parodies
Mar25

Periodic Table Parodies

OMG, I TIAIL w this T! JP! (Translation: Oh my gosh, I think I am in love with this T-shirt! Just playing!) Don't fret if you had to resort to the translation to make sense of the previous sentence; it's not exactly English. It's text speak, and if you have a teenager, know a teenager, or have any desire to text like a teenager, than Newscripts has a shirt for you. I happened upon this scientifically blasphemous cotton nightmare while sifting through the junior section of TJ Maxx, but you can order it online here. T-shirt designers just love making parodies of the Periodic Table and, thankfully, most of them are at least mildly amusing. My personal favorite is the Chuck Norris shirt, included below. It reads, "Chuck Norris destroyed the Periodic Table because he only recognizes the element of surprise." Hilarious. Have a favorite  Periodic Table shirt we missed? Include it in the comments...

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