Greetings fellow nerds. Today we’re going to do the very simple reaction of making a glow stick with real chemicals. So first off, we have dimethyl phthalate, which will serve as the solvent for this reaction. This is needed because most of these particular chemicals do not dissolve in water. You can also use diethyl phthalate or ethyl acetate. They all work. Next here we have the dye. This is 9,10-bis(phenylethynyl)anthracene. Now if you look closely, it has an orange color in the solid state. But this will dissolve to give a green color and a bluish green glow when we initiate the reaction. Now this is the good stuff. This is “TCPO” or bis(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl) oxalate. This is the key ingredient for making this reaction work. It’s pretty expensive stuff so we had to make it ourselves here at NurdRage. This next chemical is sodium acetate, which will serve as a base to activate the hydrogen peroxide. Over here we have 30% hydrogen peroxide, needed to oxidize the TCPO. Ok, enough talk, let’s do some chemistry. Let me first mix the dye and the solvent. Told ya it was green. Now we mix, oh wait.. We’re supposed to mix in some TCPO now. Okay now we add in the sodium acetate. Ok here we go, get the lights. And there you have it a real glow stick reaction. Thank you for being with me these ten years. For on this day, January 10th, 2009, exactly ten years ago, I made this reaction and started this Youtube channel. It’s been an amazing journey. And i never thought i would get this far. We’ve done so much and there is still so much more to do. But as long as you, my viewers, are still with me, i’ll keep doing it. Thanks again for ten great years. I don’t know what the next ten will bring. But let’s see it through together.

Make a Glow Stick with Real Chemicals – 10th Anniversary
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100 thoughts on “Make a Glow Stick with Real Chemicals – 10th Anniversary

  • January 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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    No face reveal? 🙁

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  • January 11, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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    I subscribed to this channel because of this video from 10 years ago 🙂 Funny thing is that today is my birthday. My other two favorite videos are on a heartbreak and the other is about burning a vampire.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 12:53 pm
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    thanks for 10 years nr, here’s to 10 more

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  • January 11, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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    WOOHOO! I think I actually understood everything in this video!
    10 year BONUS!

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  • January 11, 2019 at 1:52 pm
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    We stand with you as we walk into the future I hope your days ahead look bright.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    Blimey, 10 years? It has been fun to follow your channel all this time.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    congrats on 10 years :3 <3

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  • January 11, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    I'd really like to see how you make a glow stick with fake chemicals.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    10 years already? damn, I remember that first video and always wanted to do it myself

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  • January 11, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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    Thank you so much for 10 years of Quality Content!.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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    Can u end one of ur videos saying "I'll be back"

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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    Great! 10th anniversary

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    Diethylphtalate can easily be substitutet with good old Acetone… Acetone Works just as well… I needed to make 5 Liter show-glow and since acetone is used for washing up glassware in our lab, i tried it, and and it worked 🙂

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    I LOVED the attention to the small details in this recreation of the original video. The positioning of the items, down to the vials and the spoon, the clear pipe behind, even the thermocouple. The same clothes even the filing cabinet in the background. Could've added the AA cells as well. Thanks for the inspiration, I've started my own amateur lab because of you.

    Maybe in another ten years, you'd be uploading even another recreation of this video in the ultra-hyper-high-3D resolution of the future? I'll be there watching.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    Yes, thank you for the last 10 years.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    10 years? It's just the beginning!

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    Thanks for all you do. It helps keep us and others asking questions and trying things.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    Woah, 10 years… Man, I can't believe it's been that long!

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    Nothing is more of a testament to your integrity than being able to keep the same sweater for 10 years.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    10 years of listening to a man who just huffed argon describing chemistry.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    I've learned so much from you, I'm bad at math and chemistry but I love watching your videos though

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  • January 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    This is clearly purposely copied from the original video. I've checked and apart from a few minor differences, it's exactly the same!

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  • January 11, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Congratulations

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  • January 11, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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    You madman actually wore the same sweater. Well, that's what we call dedication

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  • January 11, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    We're not worthy! 👐 We're not worthy! 👐

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  • January 11, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    10 more years of NurdRage, Im down! only one thing though, we need more EXPLOSIONS!!!

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  • January 11, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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    Damn has it really been that long? I love you videos has since the first, I referenced your videos often and with things I do today.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    You know what would helpful? Chemistry mishaps: how stuff can go wrong.
    I've destroyed many hundreds of dollars worth of glass and equipment, only some of which was related to me derping up the chemistry. Most of it was due to things people would learn through the process of doing chemistry, but it would be nice if they didn't have to learn it the hard way.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    thank you nurdrage for 10 years of cool science

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  • January 11, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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    Youtube belongs to the OG content creators not the masses of money hungry arseholes and corporate accounts.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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    Has it really been 10 years.. Dam ive been watching u for 8 years now😲❤

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  • January 11, 2019 at 11:17 pm
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    Can't remember when i started to follow your channel but i tried some experiments in college lab in the first two semesters . Thank you NurdRage!

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  • January 11, 2019 at 11:40 pm
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    Congratulations! Keep up the good work! 🙂

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  • January 12, 2019 at 12:27 am
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    What's there to cry about, you helped me deal with depression and got me through med school by making me always remember real scientists still exist. I remember first finding your channel years back, I stayed up nights due to how excited I got from seeing you demonstrate stuff!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 1:23 am
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    Hooray chemistry and cheers to the future of NurdRage!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 1:26 am
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    Thank you so much for being there for us all these years! 🙂

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  • January 12, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    Thank you for 10 years, Happy anniversary!!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 1:48 am
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    Wow, 10 years of working in a sulphur hexaflouride atmosphere. 🙂 On the serious, kudos to you!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 1:51 am
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    Was with you the first 10, I'll be here the next. Cheers and great work.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 3:38 am
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    As opposed to fake chemicals?

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  • January 12, 2019 at 4:06 am
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    Great job running a channel for 10yrs with consistency awesome content. I have never failed to learn something (even if it's over my head) from any of your videos.

    Keep it up…FOR SCIENCE

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  • January 12, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    Boi. You are rockin' that sweater…

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  • January 12, 2019 at 5:51 am
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    INSTEAD OF THOSE IMAGINARY CHEMICALS YOU USUALLY USE
    gg happy 10th of a great channel

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  • January 12, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    The first video is so old it said give us a rating. Back when YouTube had a 5 star rating system instead of the like or dislike system we all know. I personally prefer the rating system.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 6:24 am
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    Thank you so much for the content!!!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 12:22 pm
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    Yay! I'm checking in. Congrats! I passed my orgo class! Right now I'm working on helping people with SIBO. It's the most under-diagnosed disease ever. Did you know you should drink something like apple cider vinegar when you've heartburn? Our bodies are literally telling us to drink acid. But because we're alkalizing instead, we're becoming infested with microbes in the small intestine, which is the thing causing all the disease we see today. I would recommend looking up SIBO and some vids on it because you might have it, most people do.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    What is a fake glowstick reaction then??!?

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  • January 12, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    No, THANK YOU NurdRage!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    Happy 10th anniversary! 😀

    let's make it to 100 years! (all you need to do is mix together some elixir of everlasting life in the lab, can't be too hard)

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  • January 12, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    NurdRage, your videos are the reason I went from a high schooler who didn't know what to do in life to doing my bachelor's in chemical engineering. Now I'm applying for a Masters to research in the field. Thank you so much for everything! I can't believe it's been 10 years, time sure flies when the content is so damn good.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 3:47 am
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    best chem channel

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  • January 13, 2019 at 4:21 am
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    Literally havent had one of your videos in my sub box in ages… have to search them on my own

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  • January 13, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    cheers to 10 more

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  • January 13, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    Happy anniversary, dude! Thanks for all your amazing work, I learn something new with every video.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    So… is Nurdrage one person or a groupe of people? "We had to make it our selfs here at nurdrage" "I made this reaction and started this YT channel" really is it a "we" or an "I"?

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  • January 14, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    I still remember that fake glowing mtn dew fad like it was yesterday :')

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  • January 14, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    Really love your YouTube channel make as many of them as you can

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  • January 14, 2019 at 11:25 am
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    Congratulations man on 10 years, love this channel so much 😍😍😍, best chemistry on YouTube

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  • January 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    Keep up the good work. Your work with sodium is incredible.

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  • January 14, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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    We all love you NurdRage! Thank you for sharing your incredible knowledge and experiments with us.

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  • January 14, 2019 at 11:48 pm
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    Happy anniversary, these videos are some of the best on YouTube

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  • January 15, 2019 at 9:03 am
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    I'm not sure how you are with blood, but I think it would be very interesting to if it is possible to extract the iron from blood.

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  • January 15, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    happy 10 year Anniversary

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  • January 15, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    plese help me and call me

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  • January 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    Here's to next 10 years!

    I wonder if there is such thing as "rechargable glow stick"

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  • January 15, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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    Mr. Rage, I had to boycott Patreon, and I'm not clever enough to donate to you with bitcoin. Please come up with another option. Cheers.

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  • January 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    I prefer the real one…

    MOUNTAIN DEEEW

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  • January 15, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    Wow, 10 yrs!! Looking forward to the next 10 🙂

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  • January 16, 2019 at 1:04 am
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    Your channel is the best bud, keep it up.

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  • January 16, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    kclo4 + alcohol please

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  • January 17, 2019 at 12:24 am
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    WOW 10 years went by quick. Glad you're still doing the videos.

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  • January 17, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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    I don't comment much, and I don't exactly have the expertise or resources to do any of these experiments myself, but that doesn't stop me from loving to watch your process. Here's to another ten years!

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  • January 17, 2019 at 6:24 pm
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    Thank You! You have done more for me than all of my previous chemistry classes combined!

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  • January 18, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    Heck yeah! Congratulations on the X year! Love the videos and trying to learn chemistry with visual aides is super helpful.

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  • January 18, 2019 at 5:23 am
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    Dude, please keep it up. yeah. the vids also… Seriously, thank you, and PLEASE keep educating us!!!

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  • January 20, 2019 at 4:28 am
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    Yes, I recall video #1 as if it were yesterday.

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  • January 20, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    Congratulations for the 10 years anniversary. I learned a lot via your chanell and videos. Thank you for sharing. Keep working.

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  • January 21, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    Thanks for the incredible educational videos! I've only been aware of your channel for a couple of years, but it's been a real pleasure.

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  • January 22, 2019 at 7:37 am
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    I've been here I think for 7 years now I all ways enjoy watching chemical reactions an I hope you continue doing more experiments

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  • January 23, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    Congratulations! You should release all your YouTube Censored videos on DVD. After 10 years, you must have quite the box-set collection. 🙂

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  • January 24, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    Lol happy anniversary!

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  • January 25, 2019 at 2:43 am
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    Wow ten years went by fast

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  • January 26, 2019 at 3:18 am
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    New subscriber here! Hope you continue the content for another 10 years!! 🙂

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  • January 26, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    Can Glycerol or 3,6-Diethyl-1,4-Dioxane-2,5-Dione be used to make Sodium by the Alcohol catalyzed Magnesium reduction approach.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    neat

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  • January 28, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    how long does the glow effect last?

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  • January 29, 2019 at 6:29 am
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    Can't believe it's been 10 years. Because of you I'm studying chemistry and I love it so much, I don't think you can imagine how much of an impact you had on my life. Thanks a lot.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 12:09 pm
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    I love you

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  • February 1, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    Nurd Rage/Isaac Arthur Collab, Go!

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  • February 8, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    I LOVE YOU AWESOME NURDS!!!!

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  • February 14, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    DONT STOP MAKING THESE VIDEOS THESE ARE VERY EDUCATIONAL TO PEOPLE WHO ARE FASCINATED AND LOVE SCIENCE AS MUCH AS YOU DO<3 KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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  • February 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
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    hm.. can't figure out, why you don't have half of million views, under your every videos, like another known channels..

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  • February 20, 2019 at 2:43 am
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    HANDS DOWN BEST CHEMISTRY CHANNEL on YouTube.

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  • February 23, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    Good. I hate these cheap glowsticks with fake chemicals.

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  • February 28, 2019 at 1:42 pm
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    Try putting out white phosphorus or a fluorine fire with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.

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  • April 10, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    January 10 is my birthday!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 6:29 am
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    How long does the glow last this way?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    Thank you for being awesome! I have always loved this channel!

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  • June 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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    I was in 8th grade when this came out and I remember showing my English class substitute because he was a cool dude and I wanted to impress him. Been "subbed" ever since.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    What would happen without the dye? Would it just be white?

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