Wednesday, September 7, 2011

News Of The Day: Man Gets Ten Days For Overdue Books

Damn. They don't play in Iowa. Still, I think serving Pizza Hut pizza is a worse crime than keeping library books too long, but then, they didn't ask me what I thought.

From The Smoking Gun.

Meet The Guy Spending 10 Days In Jail For Overdue Library Books

September 2, 2011--Meet Christopher Anspach.

The Iowa man, 28, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 days in jail for failing to return books and other items he checked out earlier this year from the local library.

When Anspach, pictured in the mug shot at right, did not respond to repeated attempts to contact him via telephone and certified mail, Newton Public Library officials turned the matter over to police and the city attorney, according to District Court records.

Anspach pleaded guilty August 31 to a misdemeanor theft count in connection with his failure to return 27 separate items (books and other media) that library brass valued at $770.67.

Along with being ordered to pay restitution to the library, Anspach was fined $625.

Anspach, a Pizza Hut employee, is currently serving his sentence at the Jasper County jail.

Classic Commercial Of The Day: DP

Like it was yesterday.

David Naughton never really peaked as a movie star. His most prominent role, of course, was in John Landis' An American Werewolf In London. He did other movies and some sitcoms, but nothing terribly notable, unless you count "My Sister Sam," which was only notable for the murder of cast member Rebecca Schaeffer by an obsessed fan.

Want to feel old? David Naughton is 60 now.

Amusingly Named Molecules Of The Day

That's right. Molecules. If you're in school, this post might count as a science credit. Consult your advisor.

From this site by Paul May.

Yes, believe it or not, there is actually a molecule called Arsole... and it's a ring! It is the arsenic equivalent of pyrrole, and although it is rarely found in its pure form, it is occasionally seen as a sidegroup in the form of organic arsolyls.

Dickite, Al2Si2O5(OH)4, is a (kaolin) clay-like mineral used in ceramics, as paint filler, rubber, plastics and glossy paper. It got its name from the geologist that discovered it around the 1890s, Dr. W. Thomas Dick, of Lanarkshire, Scotland.

A triterpenoid organic acid found in Pistacia resin, and of interest to people studying archaeological relics, shipwrecks and the contents of ancient Egyptian jars.

Although this sounds like what an undergraduate chemist might exclaim when his synthesis goes wrong, it's actually an alcohol, whose other names are L-fuc-ol or 1-deoxy-D-galactitol.

Not to be confused with BaCoN (barium cobalt nitride), which is a black crystalline solid with a layered structure.

A food colouring used especially in hot sauces. Also used in plant microscopy anatomy studies, because it fluoresces under ultraviolet light and stains certain regions between plant cells.

This is a plant hormone which causes injured cells to divide and help repair the trauma - hence its name, and its synonym 'wound hormone'.

Draculin is the anticoagulant factor in vampire bat saliva.

An antibiotic produced by the fungus Sparassis ramosa. I'll 'sparassol' the rest of the boring description.

Also known as Reserpinine. It got its name since it was extracted from the plant Vinca pubescens.

Diabolic acids are actually a class of compounds named after the Greek diabollo, meaning to mislead, since they were particularly difficult to isolate. One of the inventors, Prof Klein, also thought that they had 'horns like the devil'.

A mineral composed of a basic chromate-arsenate compound of Pb and Cu with the formula: (Pb,Cu2+)3[(Cr,As)O4]2(OH).

DEAD is actually the acronym for diethyl azodicarboxylate, which is an important reagent in the well-known Mitsunobu reaction which blah blah big words blah blah blah....

Lots more here. There's even a book.


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