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156770.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:20 am Reply with quote

The oracle at Delphi is generally thought to have been high on something when making predictions.

The leading contender at the moment is ethylene, which can still be found at a spring near the temple. Other theories include, methane, ethane, CO2, benzene or simply a lack of oxygen.

Ethylene is used today to artificially ripen fruit and in the manufacture of plastics and antifreze

From the 1930's to the 1970's, ethylene was used for general anesthesia.


156782.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:58 am Reply with quote

Further to what egg mentions above, gardeners call it “the ripening gas.”
If, at the end of the season, some of your tomatoes are still green, put them in a draw with a blackening banana - the ethylene given off by the nana will turn the toms red.

156801.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:16 am Reply with quote

On the other hand ... like a lot of gardeners, I use “Green bags” to store garden produce. They are designed to minimise the effects of ethylene.
Here they are:

Frederick The Monk
157094.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:26 am Reply with quote

Ethylene is the daughter of.......

Ethyl. In the mid-19th century, the suffix -ene (an Ancient Greek root added to the end of female names meaning "daughter of") was widely used to refer to a molecule or part thereof that contained one fewer hydrogen atoms than the molecule being modified. Thus, ethylene (C2H4) was the "daughter of ethyl" (C2H5).


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