08 November 2007

Clowns of death

The son: "What was the name of that pesticide again?"

Me, preoccupied: "Didn't it say in the article? DBCP."

The son: "I thought it was something else."

Me: "Dibromochloropropane."

The son: "Uh...could you spell that?"

I write on a piece of paper "1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane."

The son looks at the paper: "I thought it started with an 'n'."

Me: "Oh. Nemagon. That was the brand name."

The son, shaking his head: "I can't believe this stuff."

Me: "Well, it's one reason why I buy organic bananas."

He wanders away to finish the report he's writing.

Go listen to some good music: "Clowns of Death" from the album Farewell - Live from the Universal Amphitheatre by Oingo Boingo.

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