Meantime, here's a bit of lame chemist humour: (NbO)+[CH3(CH2)10CO2]-.
(Told you it was lame.)
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It would not have occurred to me that one might create permanganate at home by dissolving steel wool in bleach. Nevertheless: I've got that distinctive grape-juice colour that first-year chem students at Queen's used to ask me "is this a purple solution?" about.
I probably won't bother to try to save and purify it; it's likely to be much more fuss than it's worth, I don't need it, it's relatively chemically unstable and would probably decompose before I got to play with it. My intended product is the rust, ferric oxide. With which I will make ferric chloride, by dissolving it in hydrochloric acid. With which I will make jelly.
I have also made some cupric (copper+2) chloride by dissolving fine copper wire in hydrochloric acid with hydrogen peroxide. Combined with ascorbic acid extracted from vitamin C tablets, I'll be making copper nanoparticle jelly. The two jellies combined can be used to copper-plate stainless steel so it can be soldered onto.
From there, I hope to be able to build a light-up propeller for my bike helmet. I'm having some trouble sourcing some of the stainless steel bits, not to mention having to revise my designs as I discover that some items simply aren't available. I've already gone through a fair bit of hassle getting some T-pins that were supposed to be stainless steel, only to discover (on prior testing, because I'm suspicious) that they were just ordinary nickel-plated regular steel and rusted rapidly when scratched. (The seller tried to insist that their product was stainless and that I must have switched the pins. Then that, well, yes, their stuff rusted, but it was still stainless, just really low-quality stainless. "Of course if you scratch off the protective layer it rusts!")
All day, Jane had been wandering around in a gloom, ever since Mary Poppins had stopped her from making the cupcake full of solid nitroglycerine. Not actually crying, but depressed, her mouth set in a bit of a frown.
Suddenly, an idea came to Michael. He found Jane, who just looked at him — she was upset that he hadn't taken her side.
"D'you think..." he started. "Do you think, if we put fins on it, it would fly?"
After a moment, she smiled, just a bit.
Sometimes the dreams are weird. And sometimes they wake me up, because... hmm.
An ice-cream cone cup, classic truncated-cone shape. Filled with meringue with a conical peak. Three or four fins at the bottom, made of vanilla wafer, glued on with royal icing. And a type-D model rocket engine inserted through a hole in the bottom. It would work. Probably.
Edible rocketry. This is definitely Muppet Labs material.
(Solid nitroglycerine is not very safe, if it's actually crystalline nitro. When it's solid because it's adsorbed onto an inert material such as clay, that's dynamite, which is somewhat less unsafe; thank you, Mr. Nobel. What my dream was calling "solid nitroglycerine" was actually some kind of black-powder substance. It would burn quickly, but not detonate.)