One evening, while rushing for dinner after a long day at the lab, Constantin Fahlberg, a chemist at Johns Hopkins, forgot to wash his hands that had traces of benzoic sulfimide. This compound made his dinner taste sweet, and that’s how he discovered the artificial sweetener Saccharin.
In 1669, Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus by boiling down urine and heating the residue to very high temperatures. He was trying to make gold though, and he hoped that the yellow color of urine meant there was gold in it.
In zero gravity, a candle’s flame is round and blue.
A vulcanized rubber object, like a truck tire, is literally a single giant molecule.
The chlorine “smell” in pools is due to the chemical’s reaction with impurities…like poop….