Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Pope on the Block



 Fellow chemists may find this interesting. First, it seems Pope Francis has a master’s degree in chemistry. Very cool! Second, how do they get the black smoke so black and the white smoke so white in the Sistine Chapel chimney smoke signals? For black, they use a mixture is potassium perchlorate, anthracene and sulfur. For white, potassium chlorate, lactose and a pine resin. Very exothermic! This fellow looks like a keeper.

19 comments:

  1. Not even The Last Supper on black velvet for him?

    Love,
    Janie

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  2. Easy come, easy go I guess....Not so easy filling his shoes though, I saw the black smoke coming out of the Sistine Chapel so I guess they are still in deliberations.

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  3. Farewell party? Hmmm....maybe something with loaves and fishes and water that gets turned into wine.

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  4. I think there's a South American Pope, Francis, I think. I'm not sure, yet. Just heard it though the grapevine.

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  5. I wish there was a 'like' button in our newspaper like on facebook. Everytime I read one of Nick's articles I want to click on like. lol Well, so I shared it on facebook; probably tee off my Catholic relatives.

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  6. Good Question ~ great post for Q ~ ^_^

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  7. The have elected an Argentine Cardinal as the new Pope.

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  8. he was in such a hurry to quit. maybe he will still get his farewells?

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  9. a pope does not normally get a farewell untill he has died .

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  10. Hah! It doesn't seem fair that he didn't even get a watch or something...

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  11. I wish him the best. May he make good changes that's beneficial to all men.

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  12. The new Pope is a true humanitarian. He's been an advocate for the poor since he started as a priest. It'll be interesting to see how this will play out for the future of the Catholic Church.

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  13. God, I am a Philistine.

    I thought your title was 'Quick Paypal sendoff'.

    Plesae, I beg you man, don't tell my Mom. As the sole lapsed Catholic in the family, I'm already in enough trouble!

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  14. |Someone once gave me a book called How to be Pope. It was semi funny, a kind of job manual for the work of the Pope. It was really interesting but it didn't include anything about a farewell party! :)

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  15. I was impressed with the title,with him being "the Pope that rode the bus". He sounds like a humble man that cares for the unfortunate.

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  16. I wish they'd pick somebody younger but I think that he seems a good enough chap.
    Not that it bothers me too much.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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  17. I'm always intriqued by that smoke thing, too.

    As a long lapsed Catholic I should take more interest in events like these.

    Instead, I'm perfecting the art of shrinking my personal universe. It's going to be down to about 8 people soon...and one of those is iffy.

    ha!

    Thanks for linking.

    Your writing style if so fabulous that I my increase my universe to 9!

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  18. Yay Jenny, my lucky number has always been 9!

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