Sunday, March 22, 2009

Molecules with Silly Names

I came across a collection of silly chemical names while looking up something else. It was compiled by Paul May, who also has a book form.

There is a predictable blend of puns and profanity. I thought the example of penguinone was clever.

The structure drawing looks like a penguin. It's real name is: 3,4,4,5-tetramethylcyclohexa-2,5-dienone.

If you don't like this one, then you won't like the others. This is as good as chemical name puns get.