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And You Though Chemistry Was A Serious Subject.

Before I registered this website, I have to come up with a name. And as I was surfing the net, I ended up with these two weird yet complex "scientific" names for molecules. As funny as their names might seem, it is definitely a complete antithesis to their well defined definitions.


This mineral must have the silliest name of them all. Its official name is Magnesium Iron Silicate Hydroxide, and it has the formula (Mg,Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2. It got its name from the locality where it was first found, Cummington, Massachusetts, USA.
Pictured below is Pyroxmangite, with white pieces of Cummingtonite visible towards the lower left.



The Uranium Oxide Anion goes by the glorious name of Uranate. I wonder if unwanted reactions of this Ion with certain compounds is called 'involuntary uranation'...? Related to this, Uranium Nitrate is also known as Uranyl Nitrate, which sounds like the entry fee for a toilet after 8pm...

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