To see more of Burkett’s chemistry cartoons, go to chemscrapes.net.
We updated this cartoon on Feb. 25, 2021, to remove gender stereotypes about dating. In the original cartoon, the molecule on the right had long eyelashes and a drink with an umbrella in it and said, “It’s just not gonna work! All my friends find you very irritating.”
A Facebook reader noted that the mechanism depicted in the original cartoon would probably favor elimination of HBr in the presence of ethoxide. We agree. We updated the cartoon on Feb. 24, 2020, to replace the basic ethoxide with ethanol.