The seemingly complex molecule on this spray can is just water.

The seemingly complex molecule on this spray can is just water.

If anyone is wondering, that's air freshener that apparently also kills viruses.

Edit: it says anti-bacterial at the bottom, but I assume it's for killing viruses too since it says "VIRUS REMOVE" in huge friggin' characters.

I see they are bonding quite well

Virus are easy to kill using powerful chemicals.

The issue is when the viruses are inside your body and the powerful chemicals would cause too much collateral damage.

Loving how accurate the 104.5° bond angles are in this

Viruses? Is that even possible short of using napalm?

H OH H OH H OH 🎅 edit: fixed

It's kinda nice to see actually. You've got the 104.5 degrees. You've got hydrogen bonding. There aren't any extra bonds on the atoms. It seems that most of the chemical structures that are put on products are stylized to the point where they don't make any sense anymore.

Great to see one that isn't a giant mess for a change.

Needlessly pedantic.

Hydrogen bonds!

EDIT: From Wikipedia

" This makes them somewhat stronger than a van der Waals interaction, and weaker than covalent or ionic bonds. This type of bond can occur in inorganic molecules such as water and in organic molecules like DNA and proteins."

EDIT: Hey I understand, it's easy to assume that you know more than someone else on the internet. All you had to say was "wups I guess we learn about hydrogen bonds tomorrow!", or simply delete your crass "correction", if admitting error is too much to handle.

Is that... Is that dihydrogen monoxide!?!?!

Bruce Lee would disagree (or any Taoist)

I would argue it is THE most powerful chemical on earth. You dont fuck with the ocean!

"Be like watah, friend."

Except that that is H2O in a can, not a powerful chemical.

I heard they met on Covalentines day

Perhaps. But "kill" can also imply ending a process (such as a computer process), so halting a viral infection or disabling the viral bodies themselves can be termed as "killing" it/them.

This is why High School Chemistry is important.

That should be a tagline for Reddit's next ad campaign. "Reddit - Needlessly Pedantic"

Why do you think we created the coast guard and the baywatch! Someone has to protect us from the ocean.

No, those are H bonds. I don't think Van der Waals can even be described as a bond. I always see them called "interactions".

Are you serious? Have you never heard of Lysol?

Each Oxygen is only sharing covalent bonds with two Hydrogens; the third bond depicted is just the hydrogen bonding that makes water behave as a polar solvent.

”I killed my phone last night when I dropped it in my toilet!”

”There’s no way to kill a phone since phones aren’t classified as being alive.”

”Wow, thanks! I feel so much better now!”


It's like that kid's science project on how many people were tricked into thinking dihydrogen monoxide was dangerous. Without a basic level of scientific literacy, companies can generate fear and deceive consumers. I mean, people actually buy extra-oxygenated water.


It is! It can be lethal! Take care guys.

Yes, because molecules and science are /sub/iamverysmart material.

From the internet: Various perpetual motion machines based on a cats ability to land on its feet

Pssshhhhh. What you need is a sandguardian.

Y'know... a guardian of the sand?

There are only 4 waters in the can, the rest is the powerful chemicals.

Many viruses can survive outside of a host, they just need a host to replicate.

Eh what? Why does this mean high school chemistry is important?

Using pedantry to undermine pedantry.

I like it.

That really annoys me. No, water is not powerful. A rock is more powerful than water. Over a million years, a river can cut rock. That's like saying with a billion feathers, you can crush a man. Therefore, feathers are heavy. And anyway, in that same time, is it not more accurate to say that a single rock can redirect a river for a million years?

With an unfairly massive amount, anything can beat anything else. A tsunami will put out a forest fire. But a bucket won't. So is water really strong against fire? Of course it is. But we've used such a ridiculous amount of fire that it won. A 70000 PSI waterjet can cut titanium. But is that power from the water, or from a machine of steel and electricity?

Especially scientifically speaking, power is defined as energy supplied per unit time. So if you can supply enough energy to dig a canyon, but it took you millions of years, guess what? There's almost no power there.

Pretty much the only thing water actually does, in the context of power, is freeze in cracks. And even that requires the rock to already be weakened, probably by falling on another rock.

Water is the universal solvent, life as we know it wouldn't be possible on Earth without it. It erodes mountains and shorelines, cuts rivers through solid rock, splits asphalt and concrete by getting into tiny cracks and expanding when frozen.

Water is incredibly powerful, given enough time.

I think this is a good design like who doesn't want fancy molecular water

Van der Waals bonds