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2017 Advent Calendar of Fascinating Websites – Day 20 – Christmas Chemis-Tree


How restrained have you been with your chocolate advent calendar this year? Have you managed to eat one day at a time or have all the doors been torn open and the chocolate is no more? Are you in need of another advent calendar fix? How about an infographic about chocolate?

Compound Interest is a great site which produces infographics about chemistry. Their 2017 advent calendar began on day 1 with the Smell of Chocolate and has continued with great Christmas chemistry, such as how to make an indicator solution from poinsettia plants and why brussel sprouts can taste bitter. Catch up with the advent calendar at:

Smell of Chocolate infographic by Andy Brunning/Compound Interest 2017

And if you are in need of a few more chocolate facts – Did you know…

  • Chocolate has over 600 flavour compounds, while red wine has just 200
  • A jewel thief made off with $28 million dollars of gems in 2007 because he was able to gain the trust of the guards working the bank in Antwerp, Belgium, by repeatedly offering them chocolate.
  • The blood in Psycho’s famous shower scene was actually chocolate syrup

These and many more scrumdiddly chocolate facts can be found at: 41 Delicious Facts About Chocolate You Probably Didn’t Know

Elemental haiku from Science Magazine
Remember Advent Calendar Day 4 – the Periodic Table? Since then I’ve discovered the perfect way to combine science and poetry. It’s the Chemhaiku.

Following the Japanese tradition, a haiku in English has certain traits. It is a three-line format with 17 syllables arranged in a 5–7–5 pattern, about 10 to 14 syllables. The second line is usually the longest and there is little or no punctuation or capitalization – except dashes or ellipses – proper nouns are usually capitalised. The haiku is usually an observation about a fleeting moment.

The #Chemhaiku describes each element in haiku form. For example:


There’s no shame in it
Advertising pays the bills
Stop looking so red

Can you write a science haiku? Post it to #ChemHaiku on twitter.


Looking for Chemistry Cat?  You can find him and other memes like our Chemis-Tree image at


I Think All The Good Chemistry Jokes
But if you want to find a few more anyway then try:


Ho Ho Ho Perfect Chemistry ChristmasSanta Chemistry Christmas

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