Jokes/Interweb Things Thread, For The Chemistry Minded: Daily Mail Fail in Fun Stuff; The Daily Mail website posted an item about colourful clouds seen above Abderdeenshire:
Link: The breathtaking 'rainbow UFO' clouds spotted ...
10th December 2012, 05:46 PM #1
For The Chemistry Minded: Daily Mail Fail
The Daily Mail website posted an item about colourful clouds seen above Abderdeenshire:
Link: The breathtaking 'rainbow UFO' clouds spotted high above Aberdeenshire | Mail Online
It is not the clouds that caught my attention but this little gem [caption below this picture]
10th December 2012, 06:17 PM #2
It's a long time since my Chemistry degree, but I can't get that equation to balance...
10th December 2012, 06:29 PM #3
Last edited by DaveP; 10th December 2012 at 06:33 PM.
Reason: Add a picture to the post.
10th December 2012, 09:39 PM #4
Polar stratospheric cloud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
also from the comments...
UFO = unidentified flying object. This is not unidentified, it is not flying and is not an object. well done DM.
Last edited by JJonas; 10th December 2012 at 09:41 PM.
10th December 2012, 09:42 PM #5
So... It's chlorine gas?
Acid rain, chlorine gas clouds... Nature hates us.
11th December 2012, 09:54 AM #6
Thats a pretty good comment from over at DM. I do not mean to be picky but it’s a cloud which means it’s an object and since when do clouds not fly? Isn’t flying pretty much all clouds do? That and make us wet sometimes.
Originally Posted by JJonas
11th December 2012, 10:02 AM #7
Clouds don't fly. They float. [Or fall with style... I'm not sure.]
Originally Posted by Pottsey
Also, keep your fetishes to yourself. I don't want to be reading about how clouds make you wet sometimes.
11th December 2012, 10:05 AM #8
11th December 2012, 10:09 AM #9
I think they are getting methane and CFC's mixed up.
Originally Posted by DaveP
There is a link between them - from my environmental chemistry days, CFC's react under UV light CF2Cl2 + hv -> Cl + CF2Cl and ozone is destroyed by the chlorine O3 + Cl <-> ClO + O2
So if they are Chlorine clouds ? then it's CFC's reacting with light.
11th December 2012, 10:15 AM #10
Probably true but a little journalistic investigation/fact checking would have eliminated this error [It can't even be called a "schoolboy error" It's basic Chemistry that you can't make Chlorine from Methane and Ozone]
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