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2001-06-29 23:28:16+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Via /.: Just say NO: Nitric Oxide is the switch for a firefly's light. So the chemistry is escaping me right now, but is this something like nature's own "poppers"?

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:00+00 by: Dylan

Weeeeeelll...almost, but not quite. As we all know, one little atom makes a big difference...in this case that's all the difference: NO (Nitric Oxide) vs. N20 (Nitrous Oxide).

I'd think this was no big deal, if not for the shining example of Hydrogen Peroxide vs. Water (H2O2 vs. H20). Feel like drinking any peroxide today? Me neither.

Actually, forget my pedantism...I too prefer to think the fireflies are always loaded.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:00+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yah, I remember the differences between Nitrous Oxide and Nitric Oxide, I just couldn't remember what the critical ingredients in poppers were. It's that branch o' drug culture I never indulged in, and I was fairly sure (still kinda think) that poppers have something that's an NO precursor in 'em.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:00+00 by: topspin

Poppers = amyl/butyl/??? nitrites. I've no idea these could be used for anything other than room deodorizers. Sex, of course, often changes the odor in a room. <wink>

#Comment made: 2001-06-30 17:15:52+00 by: Larry Burton [edit history]

I was listening to a nutrition program this morning on the radio and the subject of herbal substitutes for viagra came up. L-argentine was brought up in some relationship to Nitric Oxide as being a vasal dialator. I also recall the lyrics of a song sung by The Guess Who that went:

Cocaine and morphine too,
anything to get you high;
little pink pills in a big brown bag,
trucking out across the sky.

From what I recall the little pink pills were some sort of industrial deodorizers.