It’s Getting Harder to Be a Mad Scientist When One Grows Up

November 1, 2007 at 2:08 pm (Uncategorized)

This makes me sad: http://12angrymen.wordpress.com/2007/10/31/endangered-species-the-chemistry-set/

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1 Comment

  1. ashyknees said,

    That WiredScience tv show did a piece about this issue. It was funny. While the story started off from the Wired freebird point of view, it also didn’t sidestep the fact that chemistry sets of the past contained some serious shit.

    I have mixed feelings about the fun yet dangerous toys of yesterday. (Today’s easybake ovens are more dangerous than the old hot light bulb models.) When it comes to children’s safety, there’s a lot of hypocritical hyperventilating going on. I’d love to see kids doing more hands-on science experimentation, but I’m not sure that tort reform is the answer. I think if people wanted to make the investment, they could come up with safer chemistry sets that didn’t suck.

    When I was a kid, some chemical company ran these commercials that ended with the line “Without chemicals, life would be impossible.” Of course, you can’t argue with that cleverly structured statement.

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