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 Post subject: A poem
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:32 pm 
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A mosquito was heard to complain
That chemists had poisoned his brain.
The cause of his sorrow
Was paradichloro-
Diphenyltrichloroethane.


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 Post subject: Re: A poem
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:39 pm 
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One of Isaac Asimov's essays (on chemical names, IIRC), mentions paradichlorodiphenylbenzaldehyde. He discovered the name could be sung to the tune of "The Irish Washerwoman" and it became sort of a earworm - he found himself softly singing it as he walked through campus. Once he was doing this as he passed a janitor of Irish decent; she perked up, regarded him with amazement, and said "Shure, an' ye know it in the Gaelic".


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 Post subject: Re: A poem
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:13 am 
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I had a professor that used to sing that too. Great guy, retired now. Became a friend after being a mentor. Damn fine individual.


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