There is no chemical regulation in the US, except for Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TOSCA). That’s a very interesting regulation; there’s 80,000 chemicals on the market and 62,000 of them were never tested. The newer chemicals are only tested by the manufacturer, not by the FDA.
—  Graham Peaslee, professor of experimental nuclear physics at Notre Dame University

This is a chemical called europium tetrakis, demonstrating the effect of triboluminescence. Eyes glazing over yet? Are you daydreaming of puppies already? All right, we’ll hype it up some: This is how you create a thunderstorm in a bottle by smashing things

The effect happens when crystals don’t bother to generate electricity or heat, but rather skip a step like the lazy crystal bastards they are and convert kinetic energy directly into light.

If you want to see it for yourself but you don’t have any europium tetrakis lying around (if you’re out, just ask the neighbor to borrow a cup!), the good news is that another, more common substance can do the same thing: sugar. Just sit in a dark room, put some sugar cubes in a blender, and watch the fireworks.

7 Mind-Blowing Chemical Reactions You Won’t Believe Are Real

people are funny;

we’re just tired, clumsy animals made of stardust and hormones

we try to make our chemicals fit in and mix with others even though they never will

with microscopic fingers reaching across galaxies to hold someone else’s hand

because what is love other than that chemical that makes you want to stand near to someone when they talk to you?

what is love other than that chemical that makes the whole world silent when someone speaks to you?

what is love other than that chemical that never stops reaching

with tiny microscopic fingers

across galaxies that can never be crossed

seeking to hold hands with someone whose hands will not be held?

Antoine Lavoisier Aesthetic ; requested by @serket-xxi

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier was a French nobleman and chemist central to the 18th-century chemical revolution and had a large influence on both the history of chemistry and the history of biology. He is widely considered in popular literature as the “father of modern chemistry”. Lavoisier is most noted for his discovery of the role oxygen plays in combustion. He recognized and named oxygen (1778) and hydrogen (1783). He predicted the existence of silicon (1787) and was also the first to establish that sulfur was an element (1777) rather than a compound. He discovered that, although matter may change its form or shape, its mass always remains the same. At the height of the French Revolution, he was accused by Jean-Paul Marat of selling adulterated tobacco and of other crimes, and was eventually guillotined a year after Marat’s death.