Tuesday, May 24, 2005

C9H13N

Who's down with C9H13N? Huh? Anybody?

This is a truly sad story.
In Seattle, someone with a 2002 Audi is driving around with C9H13N as his license plate number. I wouldn't think anything of it myself, but those familiar with chemistry would recognize it as the chemical compound for methamphetamine.

Now the state is looking into revoking the person's license plate because it might violate one of the laws governing the use of vanity plates, which occurs if some license plate relates to alcohol, or illegal activities or substances.

A spokesperson for the Department of Licensing had this to say: "This is a serious concern, if there is a license out there with something on it that a reasonable person would consider related to an illegal substance."

Hate to say it, but no "reasonable" American would understand the reference either because our educational system churns out students who know nothing of the sciences, me included.

Unless someone gets a periodic table-inspired license plate that says H2O Sux, I will no doubt be oblivious.

I'm guessing some of you guys would recognize this compound, however. Not because you're all so smart, but because you all have meth labs in your kitchens.

16 comments:

92dSLiDer said...

You are truly remarkable. I have recently returned to the country, and found Unscrewed was cancelled. Not surprising since G4TV has become an adolescent's wet dream, repressed by a heavy handed guilt complex, and Mr. Sargent wasn't funny. If I wanted Howard Stern watered down... then mabye. Ms. Swisher, you on the other hand have great depth. How deep and dark you go is still quite enjoyable to share.

Much Love,

huck said...

Score another victory for the Thought
Police. If no one understands the meaning the license plate how could it either offend anyone or spark concern about the promotion of illegal substances? This reminds me of Ari Fleisher and Donald Rumsfield warning the American people that they must, "be careful what they do and what they say." Give me a break! I think we all need to take a deep breath and read the first amendment.

Antonio Gramsci said...

If you've got a methlab in your kitchen, you probably wouldn't know how to spell "t-r-a-i-l-e-r p-a-r-k."

I mean, DUH. Everybody knows you make them suckers in yer BATHROOM.

Pall Mall said...
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Aaron said...

This vanity plate argument is stupid with a capital C.

Beyond no one understanding it anyway, I don't really get why you can't use something like that on a plate anyhow. I mean..if someone really wants to put something on their license plate that may give a clue as to whats in the glove compartment, that's their own ass.

Pall Mall said...

At the risk or revealing my nerdiness: C9H13N would actually fit amphetamine, where C10H15N would work for methamphetamine. I need to get out the lab more often....

RedLobo said...

I would like to thank the great state of NC for my edgeamacation. I thought it was that stupid symbol for caffine all those stupid coffee people wear. That or the dudes computer password. Or perhaps the combination to his luggauge which is the exact combination to my lugguage.

Manny F said...

Phew I thought I was the only one from NC who didnt get it. Before I read the rest of it I tried to spell it out. Then realized that the kitchem would be a better, far more ventilated place to put my lab than the attic.......

santana said...

I consider myself a smart guy you know but even I of superior intellectual capacity didnt know what "C9H13N" meant, I was actually trying to make something funny of it like "Chicken".

Butternut said...

I also guessed caffeine. It's pretty obviously a chemical reference so looking it up would be easy. In fact, type it into Google and you get the answer.

I saw "WANKER" as a California plate the other day. http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=wanker

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Home-e-g spot said...

FYI meth is C10H15N

amphetamachine said...

You were incorrect about one thing: C9H13N is the chemical formula for Amphetamine (commercially marketed as Adderall or Vivans). It is prescribed to treat a variety of diseases including attention deficit disorders, eating disorders, depression and narcolepsy.

I needn't tell you that I take this drug for one of these illnesses.