Some of the chemical names here are SO cheeky that it is hard to believe they are genuine.
Molecules with Silly Names
Molecules like Arsole, Bastardane, Unununium, Moronic Acid, Dickite, Fucitol and Windowpane. Can they be for real?
Having checked them with my colleague Alex Nimmo, one of the ICIS resident graduate chemists, I am prepared to accept that the list is not a spoof. And it is on the University of Bristol School of Chemistry website, so it comes with impeccable credentials.
Says Alex, “What’s really sad is the number of these chemicals I have used or come across and never got the gag! Oh dear, it really says something about chemists.”
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