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The impressive chemistry knowledge of talk-show hosts
I got this from Philip Ball's blog. Jeremy Paxman is a talk-show host in the UK. Apparently he has some quiz session where invariably a few science questions creep in. This is how the intrepid host tackles chemistry questions:
Paxman: “Which hydrated ferrous salt was once known as green vitriol?” Student: “Iron sulphate.” Paxman: “No, it’s just sulphate.”
Score one for the need to enroll talk-show hosts in science class, or maybe just a class in reasonableness.