Friday, 21 June 2013

Response 4: The hottest day

Professor Davis couldn’t sleep so decided to go to his lab early this morning.  He was so close to the cure for Alzheimer’s that he couldn’t afford to sleep.  As usual his lab is messy, petri dishes, jars and phials all over, organised chaos.  Who would have thought that potassium permanganate would be the main ingredient in his new drug?  Fame has eluded him thus far, but it was now so close he could almost see the Nobel Prize for medicine on his mantelpiece.

The drug was almost ready for trials.  He was so engrossed in his task he didn’t notice the glycerol slowly dripping into the potassium permanganate. This created smoke, heat and a flame which licked up the side of the gasoline canister. A massive explosion and heat so intense it melted the floor.  Professor Davis did get his longed for fame, but for all the wrong reasons.

1 comment:

  1. What a shame he didn't have time to finish his work, but I doubt he would have suffered!