Chemistry Riddle: Are You Smarter Than a High School Junior?

A cool chemistry riddle that takes a new look at an everyday compound. See if you can guess what it is.

It’s a liquid compound that is applied to cloth and paper to make them fire proof. It is also put in car engines to make them work more efficiently. If it comes in contact with electricity, though, it may cause an explosion.

This compound is corrosive to metals and fatal when inhaled. In solid form, it damages skin tissue within 3 minutes of continuous contact.

On the other hand, studies have proved that when this chemical is added to soil, it helps plants grow better. Some doctors have also used this compound to treat cough, cold, diarrhea, even food poisoning. In fact, it is actually a major ingredient in many medicines, even infant drops!

Do you know what chemical this is?

It is found in all polluted rivers and acid rain.

Although it inevitably enters our body, we excrete it when we urinate.

It is made by mixing two elements: one which is highly unstable and explosive, and the other which causes decomposition and aging.

It’s chemical name is Dihydrogen Oxide.

Can you remember where you’ve heard of it before?

You came in contact with this chemical when you shaved this morning, or shampooed your hair. It was mixed in your morning coffee, juice, milk or tea. You’re supposed to drink eight glasses of it everyday. In it’s solid form, it makes most drinks taste better – because they’re colder.

Have you guessed already what liquid chemical compound this is?

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15 Responses to “Chemistry Riddle: Are You Smarter Than a High School Junior?”
  1. Goffy king Says...

    On August 16, 2007 at 8:54 am

    hehe i think its petrol nice poem sort of thing though :)

  2. cosmikdebris Says...

    On August 16, 2007 at 10:24 am

    dihydrogen monoxide (aka dihydrogen oxide) – H2O – Water

  3. Andrew Says...

    On August 17, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Damn your pretty smart!

  4. Alex Says...

    On August 17, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Wow, some people have no edumacation

    Its water… I figured it out on like the third one down!

  5. a.king Says...

    On August 18, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Very creative article. Keep them coming!

  6. Lucy Lockett Says...

    On August 19, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Most excellent, I liked that one!

  7. Liane Schmidt Says...

    On August 21, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    Dear Beatrice,

    Dear Beatrice,

    That was fun! *:) …and I guessed it before you gave it away at the end with the needing to drink eight glasses away! Very fun!! And clever…nice work!! I agree with a.king…keep them coming!

    Best wishes!


    -Liane Schmidt.

  8. Beatrice Says...

    On August 22, 2007 at 5:05 am

    Thank you for all your kind words. “Keep them coming” is easier said than done, though LOL

    Still, it’s a great pleasure working with you guys. Looking forward to your new articles too. Thanks for dropping by!

  9. Darlene McFarlane Says...

    On August 22, 2007 at 11:17 am

    This was well put together and fun to read. I got it about half way through. I will be waiting for more.

  10. Beatrice Says...

    On August 25, 2007 at 7:42 am

    Thanks, Darlene. It really means a lot when my fellow writers take a peek at my work :)

  11. Loretta Johnson Says...

    On August 26, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    This was pretty good. You did a great job. :)

  12. steffi Says...

    On September 16, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    haha, edumacatioN :P
    water of course!

  13. agent 644 Says...

    On January 5, 2008 at 4:33 am

    tang ina nyo

  14. Francie Says...

    On May 1, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    I missed this first time around, Good one! I had some fun reading it =)

  15. appi Says...

    On April 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    it was fun guessing…great going….plsss put up more articles like this one

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