what a happy lightbulb!

January 10, 2008 at 6:56 pm | | crazy figure contest, literature

Another one for the silly-figure contest:


This is the table-of-contents image for a recent JACS paper: “Solid-State Photodecarbonylation of Diphenylcyclopropenone: A Quantum Chain Process Made Possible by Ultrafast Energy Transfer“.

I suppose that this silly image is germane to the subject of the paper (especially the “chain process”). But, really?!? How old are we? Some people have fun with TOC images, I suppose.

In fact, is that the little MS guy that helps me figure out things in Excel? Microsoft should sue for copyright infringement.


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  1. I feel a little guilty for admitting it, but…
    sometimes, even when I’m not terribly interested in the type of research in a particular paper, I’ll still read it if the graphichal abstract is cute.

    Comment by psi*psi — January 10, 2008 #

  2. I actually read this paper when I saw the lighbulb, so if the the TOC graphic is meant to pique viewer interest, I would say ‘Mission Accomplished.” (That goes, by the way for the Tour papers as well. Admit it, you know you read them).

    Comment by Art — January 10, 2008 #

  3. I totally LOL-ed at this TOC on ASAPs yesterday. It was promptly saved in my folder dedicated to “TOC-WTFs”

    Comment by hegemon359 — January 11, 2008 #

  4. That’s even worse than the happy sun and moon. If I ever publish something it’s going to have as stupid a TOC graphic as my boss will allow.

    Comment by excimer — January 11, 2008 #

  5. Diphenylacetylene, $1.74/g
    Diphenylcyclopropenone, $25.20/g

    Green synthesis of tolane! Legislate it to be mandatory. Initiate a $billion/yr War on Alkynes to bar illicitly synthesized hexaphenylbenzene from crossing our borders. Who will save the little children from subsequent FeCl3/MeNO2 oxidative ring coupling and then melted melting point capillaries?

    Decarbonylate don’t eliminate! Save our children! It’s the Law.

    Comment by Uncle Al — January 11, 2008 #

  6. did you save it in the subfolder JACS-ASAPs?

    Comment by sam — January 11, 2008 #

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