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13th Feb '18 11:01:56 AM WildKatGirl
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** In ''[[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow]]'', you need to cast a 'Charming a Creature of the Night' spell, which requires you to add a strand of hair and some sulphur to a skull full of embers. To progress, you have to add a rotten egg to the skull to count as the sulphur. The problem is, eggs don't actually contain any elemental sulphur. They do contain sulphur-containing compounds, but adding a compound to something that requires a pure element is comparable to breathing [[DeadlyGas carbon monoxide]] because it contains oxygen. This would also be redundant, because the hair added contained cysteine, which is a sulphur-containing amino acid. It's likely that they got confused due to the common misconception that sulphur is an odourant.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow]]'', you need to cast a 'Charming a Creature of the Night' spell, which requires you to add a strand of hair and some sulphur to a skull full of embers. To progress, you have to add a rotten spoilt egg to the skull to count as the sulphur. The problem is, eggs don't actually contain any elemental sulphur. They do contain sulphur-containing compounds, but adding a compound to something that requires a pure element is comparable to breathing [[DeadlyGas carbon monoxide]] because it contains oxygen. This would also be redundant, because the hair added contained cysteine, which is a sulphur-containing amino acid. It's likely that they got confused due to the common misconception that sulphur is an odourant.
13th Feb '18 8:57:52 AM WildKatGirl
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** ''[[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride VII: The Princeless Bride]]'' makes a similar mistake. Rosalina picks up some sulphur and repeatedly comments on its smell, even though sulphur has no smell. She then proceeds to burn it to put a troll to sleep, which would have produced sulphur dioxide, a [[DeadlyGas toxic gas]]. So while it would have easily put the troll to sleep, [[BigSleep he shouldn't have woken up any time soon]]. It's also notable that Rosalina suffered no effects from this even though she was standing right next to the troll in question.

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** ''[[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride VII: The Princeless Bride]]'' makes a similar mistake. Rosalina Rosella picks up some sulphur and repeatedly comments on its smell, even though sulphur has no smell. She then proceeds to burn it to put a troll to sleep, which would have produced sulphur dioxide, a [[DeadlyGas toxic gas]]. So while it would have easily put the troll to sleep, [[BigSleep he shouldn't have woken up any time soon]]. It's also notable that Rosalina Rosella suffered no effects from this even though she was standing right next to the troll in question.
12th Feb '18 5:49:11 PM StarSword
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* Quadium is used to power a bomb in ''Literature/TheMouseThatRoared'' [[spoiler:that doesn't actually work due to a mechanical failure in the triggering mechanism]].

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* Quadium Quadium, i.e. hydrogen-4, is used to power a bomb in ''Literature/TheMouseThatRoared'' [[spoiler:that doesn't actually work due to a mechanical failure in the triggering mechanism]].mechanism]]. Quadium does not occur naturally, having only been created in a laboratory setting, and has a half-life of about 139 yoctoseconds.
11th Feb '18 3:08:40 PM WildKatGirl
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* It's a common belief that sulphur smells, when in reality it's completely odourless. This is strange, since for you to smell something, it has to be a gas since you have to actually breathe it in, and sulphur is a solid under standard conditions. This misconception probably arose due to people confusing sulphur with sulphur dioxide (which is produced when sulphur burns) and hydrogen sulphide (which decomposes into elemental sulphur, so is often found near sulphur deposits). Both of these are strong-smelling gases, so people who don't understand the difference between elements and compounds may get them mixed up.
11th Feb '18 2:49:20 PM WildKatGirl
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* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', you need to cast a 'Charming a Creature of the Night' spell, which requires you to add a strand of hair and some sulphur to a skull full of embers. To progress, you have to add a rotten egg to the skull to count as the sulphur. The problem is, eggs don't actually contain any elemental sulphur. They do contain sulphur-containing compounds, but adding a compound to something that requires a pure element is comparable to breathing [[DeadlyGas carbon monoxide]] because it contains oxygen. This would also be redundant, because the hair added contained cysteine, which is a sulphur-containing amino acid. It's likely that they got confused due to the common misconception that sulphur is an odourant.

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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'':
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In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', ''[[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow]]'', you need to cast a 'Charming a Creature of the Night' spell, which requires you to add a strand of hair and some sulphur to a skull full of embers. To progress, you have to add a rotten egg to the skull to count as the sulphur. The problem is, eggs don't actually contain any elemental sulphur. They do contain sulphur-containing compounds, but adding a compound to something that requires a pure element is comparable to breathing [[DeadlyGas carbon monoxide]] because it contains oxygen. This would also be redundant, because the hair added contained cysteine, which is a sulphur-containing amino acid. It's likely that they got confused due to the common misconception that sulphur is an odourant.
** ''[[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride VII: The Princeless Bride]]'' makes a similar mistake. Rosalina picks up some sulphur and repeatedly comments on its smell, even though sulphur has no smell. She then proceeds to burn it to put a troll to sleep, which would have produced sulphur dioxide, a [[DeadlyGas toxic gas]]. So while it would have easily put the troll to sleep, [[BigSleep he shouldn't have woken up any time soon]]. It's also notable that Rosalina suffered no effects from this even though she was standing right next to the troll in question.
11th Feb '18 2:38:16 PM WildKatGirl
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* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', you need to cast a 'Charming a Creature of the Night' spell, which requires you to add a strand of hair and some sulphur to a skull full of embers. To progress, you have to add a rotten egg to the skull to count as the sulphur. The problem is, eggs don't actually contain any elemental sulphur. They do contain sulphur-containing compounds, but adding a compound to something that requires a pure element is comparable to breathing in [[DeadlyGas carbon monoxide]] because it contains oxygen. This would also be redundant, because the hair added contained cysteine, which is a sulphur-containing amino acid. It's likely that they got confused due to the common misconception that sulphur is an odourant.

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* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', you need to cast a 'Charming a Creature of the Night' spell, which requires you to add a strand of hair and some sulphur to a skull full of embers. To progress, you have to add a rotten egg to the skull to count as the sulphur. The problem is, eggs don't actually contain any elemental sulphur. They do contain sulphur-containing compounds, but adding a compound to something that requires a pure element is comparable to breathing in [[DeadlyGas carbon monoxide]] because it contains oxygen. This would also be redundant, because the hair added contained cysteine, which is a sulphur-containing amino acid. It's likely that they got confused due to the common misconception that sulphur is an odourant.
11th Feb '18 2:38:02 PM WildKatGirl
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* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', you need to cast a 'Charming a Creature of the Night' spell, which requires you to add a strand of hair and some sulphur to a skull full of embers. To progress, you have to add a rotten egg to the skull to count as the sulphur. The problem is, eggs don't actually contain any elemental sulphur. They do contain sulphur-containing compounds, but adding a compound to something that requires a pure element is comparable to breathing in [[DeadlyGas carbon monoxide]] because it contains oxygen. This would also be redundant, because the hair added contained cysteine, which is a sulphur-containing amino acid. It's likely that they got confused due to the common misconception that sulphur is an odourant.
11th Feb '18 12:25:47 PM Sharlee
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28th Jan '18 2:28:44 PM StarSword
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** Several uses of chemistry in the series were investigated in ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' in a [[http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/mythbusters-breaking-bad-methbusters-prove-and-disprove-2-iconic-season-1-moments.html special episode]] about ''Breaking Bad''. The scenes where the hydrofluoric acid ate through the tub in "Cat's in the Bag" and where mercury fulminate was used to blow up a room in "Crazy Handful of Nothin'" each wound up being busted. In response, Vince Gilligan cited ArtisticLicense as justification: [[AndSomeOtherStuff he screwed up the chemistry deliberately so the show couldn't be used as an instruction manual. He also suggested a potential HandWave when the [=MythBusters=] couldn't set off the Hg fulminate with an impact: Walt used more volatile silver fulminate as a primary explosive.

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** Several uses of chemistry in the series were investigated in ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' in a [[http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/mythbusters-breaking-bad-methbusters-prove-and-disprove-2-iconic-season-1-moments.html special episode]] about ''Breaking Bad''. The scenes where the hydrofluoric acid ate through the tub in "Cat's in the Bag" and where mercury fulminate was used to blow up a room in "Crazy Handful of Nothin'" each wound up being busted. In response, Vince Gilligan cited ArtisticLicense as justification: [[AndSomeOtherStuff he screwed up the chemistry deliberately so the show couldn't be used as an instruction manual.manual]]. He also suggested a potential HandWave when the [=MythBusters=] couldn't set off the Hg fulminate with an impact: Walt used more volatile silver fulminate as a primary explosive.
28th Jan '18 2:28:22 PM StarSword
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** Several uses of chemistry in the series were investigated in ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' in a [[http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/mythbusters-breaking-bad-methbusters-prove-and-disprove-2-iconic-season-1-moments.html special episode]] about ''Breaking Bad''. The scenes where the hydrofluoric acid ate through the tub in "Cat's in the Bag" and where mercury fulminate was used to blow up a room in "Crazy Handful of Nothin'" each wound up being busted. In response, Vince Gilligan cited ArtisticLicense as justification. He also suggested a potential HandWave when the [=MythBusters=] couldn't set off the Hg fulminate with an impact: Walt used more volatile silver fulminate as a primary explosive.

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** Several uses of chemistry in the series were investigated in ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' in a [[http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/mythbusters-breaking-bad-methbusters-prove-and-disprove-2-iconic-season-1-moments.html special episode]] about ''Breaking Bad''. The scenes where the hydrofluoric acid ate through the tub in "Cat's in the Bag" and where mercury fulminate was used to blow up a room in "Crazy Handful of Nothin'" each wound up being busted. In response, Vince Gilligan cited ArtisticLicense as justification.justification: [[AndSomeOtherStuff he screwed up the chemistry deliberately so the show couldn't be used as an instruction manual. He also suggested a potential HandWave when the [=MythBusters=] couldn't set off the Hg fulminate with an impact: Walt used more volatile silver fulminate as a primary explosive.
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