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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for June 17, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the June 3, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia "Fuel for disaster" -- again.

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This week's quibble comes from the June 3, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia "Fuel for disaster." TechRepublic members Parrish S. Knight and tradergeorge nailed me for chemical foul-up, with the former noting:

"The Wiki entry on the disaster says it's ammonium perchlorate, not aluminum perchlorate. Which one is it?"

Tradergeorge got more specific:

"So does this mean that 'Aluminum Perchlorate' is a misnomer? The article refers to Aluminum Perchlorate on the first page and Ammonium Perchlorate on the second page."

This is why I hate spell-checkers. I mistyped ammonium in the first instance of the article, and good ol' Microsoft Word decided I meant aluminum based on the fat-finger data I gave it. I didn't notice the quirk until after the newsletter published. My mistake, and my apologies. Cue the mockery of the former English major, but keep those quibbles coming!

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