by David Claus, Ph.D.
Yes, there actually is a molecular formula for SEX, and here it is:
If you can't quite make out the above, it's a compound that, when written out on paper, spells out the letters S-E-X. The molecular formula is C142H156O17. Of course this is a theoretical molecule that doesn't occur in nature, and is of no use or value, BUT...
There is another SEX molecule that DOES have value. It's called Sodium Ethyl Xanate:
This chemical form of SEX actually IS a valuable compound. It can be used as an herbicide, as a flotation agent for recovering metals in the mining industry... it's even sometimes used as a rubber additive to protect against the depleting effects of oxygen and ozone.
We'll leave it up to you to determine which is the more accurate SEX molecule.
I'll leave you with one more fun molecule:
This is a chemical structure called an Arsole:
There's actually a paper that's titled: "Studies on the Chemistry of the Arsoles", G. Markland and H. Hauptmann, J. Organomet. Chem., 248 (1983) 269.
Can the title of a scientific paper get better than that?