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22 March 2015

PizzaQ! Wazzis? (Somebody wake up Amy.) Don't try this at home.

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PizzaQ Free-for-all Honor System: Phone Klaas in Rotterdam, ask Mom, Google your dupa off, anything goes.

First correct answer wins Large Pizza with shallots, endives, shitake mushrooms, garlic and anchovies.


Amy Stone said...

*rubs eyes*

It's definitely not caffeine :)

Looks kind of like Octahydro-12-(hydroxymethyl)-2-imino-5,9:7,10a-dimethano-10aH-[1,3]

(aka Tetrodotoxin)...the pufferfish poison I hope to never ingest. Shouldn't be hard since I don't eat fish :)

An alkaloid that I wouldn't give as a cancer treatment even (vs the vinca alkaloids n all, right?).

Vleeptron Dude said...

Good grief, once again you really DO know your molecules! It's tetrodotoxin, and you win the Pizza! (I'll hold the anchovies.)

one of my favorite newspaper stories was a lady in an iron lung for weeks in Miami. She was Japanese, caught a pufferfish near the shore, remembered how wonderful fugu was, and asked herself: How hard can this be? (Thanks to a very smart, determined Air Force doctor who ran up big phone bills talking to Japanese doctors, she lived.)

Marge Simpson embarked on new dining experiences for the family and Homer ordered the fugu. Unfortunately the licensed fugu chef was off that night, and a drunk chef (George Takei) also asked "How hard can this be?" In the hospital waiting room, Homer was leafing through the pamphlets and found "So ... you're dying."

If prepared correctly, not only is it supposed to be delicious ... but it apparently numbs your lips and turns them a bit blue.

Wow Amy, you rawk again! How'd you look at all those ball and stick tinkertoys and know it was tetrodotoxin?

Vleeptron Dude said...

I'm sorry, I just can't help myself. I thought I was Hot Shit when I memorized lysergic acid dyethelmyde-25, but this is truly The Mother Of All Molecular Nomenclatures:


Now I gotta memorize that. Like Any certainly has long ago, flawlessly.

And I gotta say it out loud again.


Wow. Remind me in a few months, I'll tell you if I've flawlessly memorized it yet.

Truly that's one supercallifragialisticexpialidocious molecule!

Vleeptron Dude said...

uh oh my beautiful wet organic nose-cooled memory is starting to degrade. I meant

lysergic acid diethylamide-25

or, as us IUPACists prefer


... and i also skrood up on


I need to eat more fish. What do you fishless people use for Brane Food?

Vleeptron Dude said...

Hey Amy! A Digital Entity just informed me it's your Birthday (+/- 1 or 2 days). Happy Birthday!

I guess the answer to my question -- how the hell do you recognize molecules from their Tinkertoys? -- involves about 9 semesters of grad school.

Have you been hit by the Amazing New Graphene? Any predictions?