Chemical Curiosities In Daily Life

November 3, 2021

Every day we find ourselves surrounded by chemistry. The fantastic way it behaves goes unnoticed in our lives. Here you will find some chemical explanations to everyday curiosities.

Although, the chemical industry is in charge of extracting and processing raw materials, natural and synthetic, and then converting them into other substances. But,  ¿ it is the  chemical industry  ‘s only facing chemical behaviors?

There are situations in our daily lives where we show chemistry and its actions. So present in our life that we do not realize what we knew about it.

Some chemical curiosities

  • Dynamite contains peanuts as an ingredient.
  • Fructose (sugar contained in fruits) is much sweeter than cane sugar.
  • Due to its PH, gastric juices are more acidic than lemon juice.
  • Nutmeg contains a toxic alkaloid that can cause hallucinations.
  • Roses and geraniums contain a natural alcohol called geraniol. Even bees use it to mark flowers with nectar.
  • Lipstick is made from castor oil and beeswax.

Did you know…

  • The hardest substance in your body is tooth enamel.
  • If you could place a glass of water in the space, it would boil immediately and turn into ice crystals.
  • The teeth, bones and pearls are dissolved in vinegar.
  • A fish can drown if the water does not contain enough dissolved oxygen.
  • If the water were contaminated with detergent, the ducks would not be able to float and would drown.
  • Helium makes the vocal cords vibrate faster and sound waves travel faster, producing higher notes. This is because it is less dense than air about 7 times, so it is less resistant to vibration.

4 curiosities with chemical elements that you did not know

  1. Ethylene is a gas produced by the fruit when it ripens.
  2. The  myoglobin  is the pigment responsible for the color of red meat.
  3. The  thymol  is a substance present in two herbs widely used for cooking: The oregano and thyme. In turn, they are used for the conservation of books, thanks to the fact that they fight fungi.
  4. The  tungsten  is used as a filament for light bulbs.

Data that are part of the day to day

  • Why doesn’t honey have an expiration date?
    Honey is mainly sugar. This in turn contains almost no water and it is difficult for any microorganism to survive in it.
  • Why do we cry when cutting onion?
    In the onion there are some sulfur containing compounds. When cut, these cells break and become more volatile sulfur molecules. In the same way, they react to the moisture in your eyes giving a burning sensation. Upon detecting irritation, the nerve endings in the eye react by producing more water. In this way, they protect the eye.
  • Removing soap from your hands is more difficult when the water is cold. This is because, like soap, it is sodium salt and salt is directly proportional to temperature. The higher the water temperature, the greater the solubility of the soap.
  • Why do some cheeses smell like feet?
    This is because lactose can break down and produce butyric acid, responsible for the famous “foot odor”.

Other more common data

  • A correct chemical name for water is hydrogen monoxide.
  • If you condense oxygen into a liquid or solid form, it would have a blue color
  • The only letter that does not appear in the periodic table is J
  • The human body has enough carbon to make around 9’000 pencils
  • Most birds do not have receptors for capsin, the compound responsible for the sensation of heat when we eat spicy foods (in short, birds do not get angry !)
  • The food with the highest amount of carbohydrates (sugars) is potatoes
  • Fish scales are a common ingredient in lipstick
  • An espresso coffee  contains less caffeine than a regular coffee
  • One gram of lemon contains more sugar than one gram of strawberry
  • Lobster blood is colorless and if exposed to air it turns blue
Dr. Loony Davis5
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Born and raised in Brussels in an English family, I have always lived in a multicultural environment. After several work experiences in marketing and communication, I came to Smart Water Magazine, which I describe as the most exciting challenge of my career.
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