Chemical Issues

Taking Electrons from Oxygen

ClF3, commonly known as chlorine trifluoride, is one of the few reagents even master chemists feel uneasy about working with, and with good reason: it is more difficult to handle than even fluorine. It burns things that should not be capable of burning, like sand, asbestos, and ashes, making it perfect phoenix murder material. It is so reactive that I couldn’t find a verified photograph of it online. Reports say it is a colorless gas, so there wouldn’t be much to see anyways– that is, other than intense flames and screaming researchers. During WWII, the Germans tried to use this as a weapon due to its incredible ability to corrode nearly everything. The project was dropped with extreme prejudice, and nobody has been foolhardy enough to think of such an idea ever again.

The Lewis-Dot Structure

Don’t Come Close

Next on our list is azidoazide azide, whose name sounds like something out of a cartoon show. The compound itself is the same way: it explodes if you do anything to it, and sometimes when you don’t do anything to it. Touch it? Explode. Move it? Explode. Give it what it wants? Explode. Even my old school’s rules were less finicky than this, and that’s saying something.

I couldn’t find a picture yet again, perhaps because bright light causes it to detonate.

A New Level of High

Carfentanil is, by all rights, the most potent opioid ever created, leaving the likes of heroin and morphine in the dust. It is around 100 times stronger than fentanyl and 5000 times stronger than heroin, though for some reason rats seem to be less susceptible to its effects. The only use for this is as a tranquilizer for large animals like elephants, and even then alternatives are generally preferred. In short, it’s hella trippy and not something you want in your system.

This is the lethal dose of fentanyl shown next to a coin for comparison. For carfentanil, the amount is lower. Source.



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