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Idiot of the Day: Who wood-a thunk it?

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Reader Maddy nominated a classmate as today's example of what not to say when trying to impress science buffs (or for that matter, anyone else):

From the mewling spastic who sits in front of me in chemistry... "Sir! What's the chemical formula for wood?"

Now, in this idiot's defense, there is one type of wood that has a chemical formula -- the petrified variety, which of course isn't really wood at all but a fossil in which all of the wood's organic matter has been replaced by minerals. Usually, the mineral that seeps into the wood is a silicate such as quartz. So, to answer this unfortunate student's question, the chemical formula for (petrified) wood is usually SiO2.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook
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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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