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Saturday, July 16, 2005
Today's Houston Chronicle carries an article by Gregory Katz, of the Chronicle's "Foreign Service". The story's about alleged London bombmaker Magdy el-Nashar, and Leeds University, where he obtained his PhD in chemistry. The faculty members have clammed up about their former student, says the article, but students from other departments are creeped out about having a terrorist among them. Witness the lost innocence:
Ah, the magic of the potassium pomegranate!
That should be permanganate, kiddies, KMnO4. This is potassium permanganate, a pinkish-purple substance.
I wonder whether Katz, the reporter, scribbled this down wrong from the poster, or if he relied on his spell-checker to give him the correct word. It probably wasn't spelled wrong on the poster. I believe spell-checkers are for the feeble, which ought to be obvious from the number of mipselled wrods in my posts.
This is in the dead trees edition, which I have in my possession, but it's mis-spelled in the web version, too (currently, anyway).
A Google search for "potassium pomegranate" currently yields five hits, only one of which seems to realize that it ought to be permanganate.
If I could do one of them poll thingies (which I probably could but I'm too lazy), I'd have a poll asking:
"Potassium Pomegranate" would be a good name for a
Full disclosure: Upon editing this post, I found that I'd mis-spelled "permanganate" in three different ways, and "pomegranate" once. I did know the difference, though.