Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Lab smells, revised

revised for accuracy and experience

The 5 6 steps of a lab smell detector: 
1. What is that smell? Hey, do you smell that?
2. What the (**&(*& is that $#$#$!! smell?
3. Did something crawl in your hood and die?
4. Is this thing toxic? Do you have a SDS?
5. You $#$#$#!!! moron! Did you try bleach?
6. Dude, you stink. Go away. 
The 5 6 stages of a lab smell generator:
1. What smell? I don't smell anything.
2. Okay, it's not that bad.
3. Seriously, how much of a wimp are you? I've smelled things much worse.
4. Look, the odor threshold is far, far, far lower than the toxicity. It just smells bad, that's all.
5. Yes, I've heard about the #$$%! smell. Yes, I closed the doors to my hood.
6. What smell? I don't smell nothin'.

10 comments:

  1. The 5 stages of a lab smell generator:
    #7: Don't worry, the hood will take care of it.

    Heard from a grad student friend as she cooked up her latest "Mercaptan Delight" in the hood one Friday evening. They closed the library across the street that night. :-)

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    1. Kent State?

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    2. I'm an alumnus and hadn't heard that story! Was this recent?

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    3. Mississippi State over 40 years ago..

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  2. Unstable IsotopeJune 10, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    As a grad student I did a lot of S and Se chemistry and those stink. I regularly used #3 and #4.

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  3. "4. Look, the odor threshold is far, far, far lower than the toxicity. It just smells bad, that's all." **chuckle**

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  4. oh nothing, just a swern oxidation

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  5. Was Lynyrd Skynyrd a chemist? -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAJQkwmwesY

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    1. No, but Ronnie, Allen, et al. used to believe in better living through chemistry.

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  6. I had a colleague who once told another “If you can’t handle bad smells, go work in a flower shop.” I chuckled

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