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    Not Really a Joke: More The Re-Telling Of An Event That Happened To Me

    For those who are Chemistry minded only.

    I was reminded of something that happened to while I was in the sixth form [many years ago]

    I was in the sixth form studying Chemistry, Physics and Maths at 'A' Level.

    A non-Chemistry friend and I decided to take a mid-day break and go down to the local pub [we should not have been allowed in but we knew we would be]

    We arrive before the 12:00 opening so while waiting I decided to leaf through the flip over telephone directory that were prevalent in telephone boxes at that time. I found a Mr. Cannizzaro. I declared this [with, sadly, some excitement] to my friend who did not understand why I thought this should find this so unusual. I did find it odd because I had never expected to a name so 'odd' in a local phone book.

    We finished our afternoon break and returned to school.

    With another sixth form friend who was studying Chemistry I began work on some 'A' Level Chemistry problems we had been set by our teacher. The non-Chemistry friend overheard our discussions and declared that I should have called the guy earlier that day '...to see what his reaction was!'

    I found it very amusing at the time and I still smile now when I think about it.

    Perhaps you had to be there...?


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    Wheres the EduLART when you need it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    Wheres the EduLART when you need it....
    As I said it wasn't really a joke. It was something that happened.

    Not appreciating the negative rep here but then I guess that is the risk I took in relating this tale?

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    Dunno who gave you the neg rep, but wasnt me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    Dunno who gave you the neg rep, but wasnt me
    OK. My apologies. the neg rep was unsigned and your reply came in at around the same time.

    I will try not to jump to conclusions in future [2 + 2 does not make 5]

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    No worries I tend not to give neg rep unless its for something offensive, illegal, etc...

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    More negative rep [Unsigned]

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    Jebus! I admit the joke was not to my liking but I told it to the mrs and she cracked up, I would pos rep you but I must have thanked you or something recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    ...the joke was not to my liking...
    It is NOT a joke. This DID happen. I suppose it seems unlikely but it did. More negative rep on the way?

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    oh I thought it was a genuine joke! haha my bad. no neg rep

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    I really don't understand why someone would give you neg rep for a story. I'm really beginning to dislike this rep stuff. Surely the Thanks button is enough.Gareth

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    I didn't give you any negative rep but I don't get the point of the story...

    ...is there some subtle chemistry based reference I am missing with regard to "reaction" and the name Cannizzaro...

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    I think its to do with chemical reactions

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    Quote Originally Posted by CESIL View Post
    I didn't give you any negative rep but I don't get the point of the story...

    ...is there some subtle chemistry based reference I am missing with regard to "reaction" and the name Cannizzaro...
    Cannizzaro's reaction takes aldehydes and produces ketones. While this sort of conversion was possible before Cannizzaro the yields are much higher after Cannizzaro's work was published [I hope this is accurate as it has been a while since my 'A' Level Chemistry!]

    Edit: BTW: Thanks to the anonymous positive repper:

    Last edited by DaveP; 26th July 2011 at 10:45 PM. Reason: Add detail to the post.

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    I think you've opened a canniwormo's DaveP

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