Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Chemistry Van

I was walking across St. Mark's Place yesterday, when I saw a seriously messed-up van:

Seriously messed-up van.

Suddenly, something stood out from the mess of black paint:

The chemical symbol for octane.

It was the chemical symbol for octane, straddling the fuel tank! Then, I noticed more chemical symbols, painted all over the van:


1,3-butadiene, used in the production of synthetic rubber.


Carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide.

Sulpheric acid.

Nitric acid.

Hydrogen cyanide + water.

HCN + H2O = CN + H3O, or cyanide and hydronium — betcha didn't know that!

Channel 4. Ha ha, just kidding! It's methane.

Methane — what cows burp!


Wikipedia lists three results for this compound. I'm going to go with theophylline, a methylxanthine drug used in therapy for respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

Methane again.

I read in a fortune cookie once: "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear". This van is out there, if you're ready to learn chemistry!

#eastvillage #chemistry #chemistryvan #graffiti #paint #stmarksplace

1 comment:

  1. it seems like that van describes all the chemicals that it produces.