2020 Disasters just keep on coming

Soen Eber

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Explosion in Beirut
That's the one that's still bothering me. As Hezbollah is pretty much in charge of things there, you'd think a government of former bomb makers would hear the words "Ammonium Nitrate" and panic. Hell, just about any Oxide, Flouride, Chloride, or Nitrate makes me jump and I only had High School chemistry.

Yes, a bit of a joke here but I'm also kinda part ways serious. And yes, I know water is Hydrogen DiOxide and I know the chemical formula for salt but that changes nothing. It's still scary stuff. Anything referred to by it's chemical name and I either make a bee-line for the exit or I grab onto the material data sheet or safety data sheet or whatever it's called if I need to be near it. What were they thinking?

Edit: I said Aluminum Oxide at first.
 
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That's the one that's still bothering me. As Hezbollah is pretty much in charge of things there, you'd think a government of former bomb makers would hear the words "Aluminum Oxide" and panic. Hell, just about any Oxide, Flouride, Chloride, or Nitrate makes me jump and I only had High School chemistry.

Yes, a bit of a joke here but I'm also kinda part ways serious. And yes, I know water is Hydrogen DiOxide and I know the chemical formula for salt but that changes nothing. It's still scary stuff. Anything referred to by it's chemical name and I either make a bee-line for the exit or I grab onto the material data sheet or safety data sheet or whatever it's called if I need to be near it. What were they thinking?
Maybe: Good to have some in stock for future use.
 

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You mean Ammonium Nitrate don't you?
 
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You mean Ammonium Nitrate don't you?
I think so. Aluminum oxide is what's used in some sandpaper and grinding wheels. Particularly nice colored pieces are ruby and sapphire gems. Impurities are what give it color. The colorless mineral is corundum.

 

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Don't forget that we almost had WW3 when Iran shot down that passenger airliner.

I think that was this year. And I think it was Iran. It's been like 20 years so my memory is hazy.
 

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Don't forget that we almost had WW3 when Iran shot down that passenger airliner.
The more serious event though was the possible reaction of Iran after the killing of their general Soleimani. Since the worst case didn't happen this clearly shows that both countries, USA and Iran, have no real interest at going at a full blown war against each other in the Gulf region at the moment despite all spoken words of hate and vengeance directed at each other.
 

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Herman Cain is now tweeting from beyond the grave that corona isn't that bad.

No, I'm not joking.

Maybe he's a zombie? He's also a brain surgeon, though, so he probably has impeccable table manners, for a zombie.

 

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Herman Cain is now tweeting from beyond the grave that corona isn't that bad.

No, I'm not joking.

Maybe he's a zombie? He's also a brain surgeon, though, so he probably has impeccable table manners, for a zombie.

I think you may be confusing the late Herman Cain, a businessman, with Dr Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon.
 
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I actually looked it up. Surprised me as well.
 

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That is indeed water, not that H02 doesn't exist, it's just a very reactive radical.
How did the stupid boyfriend of the chemistry student die? He visited a bar with her and she ordered "A glass of H₂O" he did not want to sound stupid in front of her so he ordered "A glass of H₂O too" ....
 
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