Thursday, July 26, 2007

Behold cyclohexane!

Recently I was flipping through a magazine published by a learned society and my eyes were caught by this rather interesting picture. The aim of this photo is to encourage scientist to publish in certain society journals. Firstly, it seems rather lame that the teachers is pointing at cyclohexane that appears to be in its perfectly flat conformation? Is that the most acidic proton he's pointing at? Secondly, what is going on with the students. I have a feeling the guy to the left is a werewolf. Or maybe he's just split up with the girl to the far right which would explain why she looks like she's about to commit murder. And what's going on with the woman in the background? It's cyclohexane people and not Brevetoxin so stop looking at it like that. D!

14 comments:

taitauwai said...

At least the lady in the greenish blue shirt looked skeptical... there's still hope for her. ;P

Egon Willighagen said...

Funny picture indeed...

But I disagree on the flat-hexane analysis... check the hydrogens: the C-H bonds are definitely not pointing all in the same direction, but actually show the expectes axial and equatorial positions...

Egon Willighagen said...

BTW, the werewolf is merely using his morphogenetic powers to trigger a twisted boat conformation, counter-acted by a benevolent Snape-like spell from the girl-in-Gadalf-white-dress.

Grubbs the cat said...

I think the girls in blue and green want to seduce the teacher. They are competing who can hold a pencil in the sexiest way (personally I think the blue one wins). The girl in white has given up already - if you follow her look you realise that she stares into nowhere...

Kutti said...

ROFL!!!! I was laughing out loud when I read your text.

That picture made my day.

Mitch said...

All the students seem normal to me.

Mitch

Ashutosh said...

good one...i once saw an advertisement for some company in the atlanta airport, in which glucose was drawn with all hydroxyls axial.

mevans said...

Hah, Mr. Teacher forgot to tuck his shirt in in the back!

Anonymous said...

doesn't look flat to me. still funny though.

Kevin Kuan said...

Haha...funny one Dan! anways, i just dropped by to say hi! kool blog dude!

Bill Penrose said...

It's the girl with the poisoned-tip pencil who's the real killer. See how she's looking at the werewolf guy?

Anonymous said...

The ring isn't flat.

As for the students, at least they have their eyes open (some of mine quickly sink down over their notebooks, but that's only when they show up).

But why is the blackboard behind the students?

Lunch is Served! said...

LOL! You are funny!

Chemists are a funny bunch of people. I should know - I used to be one. Now I'm a pen-pusher and we're not funny :)

Chemistry student said...

LOL!! Chemistry is getting interesting just because of this picture alone...

I think what the picture wants to convey is that the students are concentrating and thinking serious about what the teacher is talking about... in this case cyclohexane.

This picture could potentially be a lot worse...

And why are these people all so good-looking? I would've thought that at least one would look like a nerd.