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ClareBear


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Posted Mon May 14th, 2007 9:49am Post subject: 'Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis habes...
I know!

Johnny was a chemist's son,
but Johnny is no more
What Johnny thought was H2O,
was H2SO4



H2SO4, being sulphuric (sulfuric if you're in the US) acid.

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Soupy Twist


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Posted Mon May 14th, 2007 9:50am Post subject: 'Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis habes...
Way back in the olden days, when I was an obnoxious little fourth former at Heckmondwike Grammar School, studying languages, my brother was a sixth former, studying science. He told me a really funny limerick, but all I can remember is the last line:

' But what he thought was H2O was H2SO4'

Does anyone know the rest of it???

Google came up with this:

Little Willie was a chemist.
Little Willie is no more.
For what he thought was H2O,
Was H2SO4.

- David Smillie

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Soupy Twist


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Posted Mon May 14th, 2007 9:51am Post subject: 'Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis habes...
another one by the same author:

Willy thought that life was a bore,
So he drank some H2SO4.
But his dad was an M.D.
Who gave him some CaCO3.
Now Willy is neutralized, it's true,
But he's also full of CO2!

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joan


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Posted Mon May 14th, 2007 11:11am Post subject: 'Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis habes...
Thanks for that Atari and Soupy: I had mis-remembered it as a limerick. That's great.

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AxmxZ


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Posted Mon May 14th, 2007 2:44pm Post subject: 'Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis habes...
Someone once gave me to read a song they wrote to the tune of "Do you Hear the People sing?" from the musical Les Miserables... it started with the words "Do you see the benzene rings?"

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Phlizz


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Posted Mon May 14th, 2007 2:56pm Post subject: 'Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis habes...
the one we learned was:

Little Jimmy's dead and gone,
Won't see him any more
For what he thought was H2O
Was H2SO4

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