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Can anyone help me find the words to this ditty?

Asked by elbanditoroso (28015points) June 6th, 2019

It was a silly poem we learned back in Chemistry class in high school, so figure 45 years ago.

The poem had a bunch of references to chemicals and compounds (it was chemistry class, after all).

The only thing I can remember is that the last word was “H2SO4”.

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seawulf575's avatar

Is this it?

Johnny was a chemist’s son

His head stuffed full of brains

While Johnny’s thoughts were rocket ships,

Other kids’ thoughts were trains

Johnny’s father noticed Johnny

Seldom saw the light of day

So Johnny’s father pushed pale Johnny

Out into the sun to play.

Johnny couldn’t swing a bat

Johnny couldn’t catch a ball

Science was his life-long love

His home, the lecture hall

“Outside is too unpredictable,

I need some time to think.

Besides, the sun is parching me,

And I think I need a drink!”

Johnny was a chemist’s son

But Johnny is no more

What Johnny thought was H2O

Was H2SO4

elbanditoroso's avatar

Perfect, @seawulf575 – that’s it. I remember learning it in 11th grade.

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