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Huh? "High Octane Alcohol" - RonO's Ramblings

Aug. 7th, 2009 04:57 pm Huh? "High Octane Alcohol"

At least twice in this article in the Albuquerque Journal, the author refers to the chemical involved in an accident that closed US-550 near Bernalillo and Rio Rancho as "high-octane alcohol."

I'm not a huge expert on chemistry and chemicals, but I am pretty sure that the term "octane" refers to the fraction of the gasoline that is made up of octane instead of smaller petroleum molecules. But if the contents are alcohol, this makes absolutely no sense.

I suspect that the contents may have been denatured alcohol or some other form of pure or nearly pure alcohol that some spokesperson called "high-octane" to describe in informally, and the reporter (the police "blog-type" reporter) just repeated the description.

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