[LMB] ACC poetry

Joel Polowin jpolowin at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 19 19:19:12 BST 2010

baur wrote:
> Zivya A wrote:
>>> My Da (a doctor) used to make up scientific teaching
>>> rhymes, but not as
>>> slickly as the Digital Cuttlefish. My favourite, I think,
>>> is:
>>> Johnny, finding life a bore,
>>> drank some H2SO4;
>>> Johnny's father, an MD,
>>> gave him CaCO3:
>>> now he's neutralised, it's true,
>>> but he's full of CO2.
>> err, translation, please?
>> zivya, who understood 1/3
> H2SO4 is sulfuric acid
> CaCO3 is calcium carbonate ..
> mixing CaCo3 with H2SO4 will neutralize the acid, i.e. its not longer
> doing damage
> but mixing those two substances will produce massive amounts of carbon
> dioxide (CO2)

And also leaving Johnny's stomach full of powdered gypsum, calcium
sulfate (CaSO4).  Relatively harmless, but Johnny is likely to have
a couple of uncomfortable days unless he eats a lot of fibre to
spread things out.


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