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Drink of Death

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Puzzle ID:#15548
Fun:*** (2.72)
Difficulty:** (1.18)
Category:Science
Submitted By:ktqu**

 

 

 



Gerta's husband left her for another woman, so she decided to make a lethal mixture to take her life. Attempting to make it as powerful as possible, she mixed sodium hydroxide with hydrochloric acid. She quaffed her cocktail of death, but nothing happened. Why?




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Comments

KatelinAus*
Nov 30, 2003

Great thinking! I completely forgot that sodium hydroxide was a base.
KatelinAus*
Nov 30, 2003

Great thinking! I completely forgot that sodium hydroxide was a base.
KatelinAus*
Nov 30, 2003

oops sorry about that
jimbo*au*
Dec 01, 2003

I guess she must have mixed equal volumes of equivalent molarity solutions. Lucky!
Gizzer*
Dec 03, 2003

Drink enough salt water, and it will kill you.
marrianna
Dec 03, 2003

Got it!
zpivat
Dec 17, 2003

NaOH + HCl --> NaCl + H2O
mmmm, salt water eh....bad for ur blood pressure.....lol
zpivat
Dec 17, 2003

NaOH + HCl --> NaCl + H2O
mmmm, salt water eh....bad for ur blood pressure.....lol
curtiss82**
Dec 24, 2003

This is way too easy.
kelbar
Dec 26, 2003

state the obvious,simple chemistry!
Palsha**
Feb 13, 2004

Not to be too pickey (even though I still liked it) but they technically didn't cancel each other out in the sense your thinking. The base added acted as a buffer which made the solution neutral. But I still love chemistry problems!
bbngk
Feb 15, 2004

i will drink to that
quinton**
Feb 19, 2004

That Explains that you should be careful when you are doing chemistrty or that situation could happen maybe even a worse one ahh
bookworm91***
Nov 21, 2005

i think it would have killed her. the taste of salt water alone is fatal!!!!! just joking. well, that was a good one! i liked it and i hope to hear more from you.
cyberstar5150*us*
Jul 19, 2006

Basic chem... ::sigh:: And what if she screwed up and it wasn't an even mixture? She'd have her wish, then. lol
4demo*
Dec 23, 2007

Good thing I took Chemistry next year. Great teaser!
ultimatecubtgb*
Nov 13, 2014

But she'd have to mix it in PERFECT proportion

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