16 July 2011

Seems to me it's chemistry

TV character 1: "He's got arsenic poisoning!"

TV character 2: "What cures arsenic poisoning?"

The son: "Mom?"

Me: "You'd need a chelating agent. Arsenic is a heavy metal. Something to bind it and flush it out of the system."

TV character 3: "Chelation! You need EDTA."

TV character 4: "????????"

TV character 3: "I don't know! I'm a surgeon, not a chemist!"

The son: "Mom?"

Me: "I don't know! I'm a writer and a mother, not a chemist!"

Go listen to some good music: "Chemistry" from the album Signals by Rush. The show was Torchwood, and I'm definitely paraphrasing the characters' dialogue, but that was the gist of it. Were my kids impressed that I knew about chelation therapy? No.

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