Talk:1426: Reduce Your Payments

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It's a chemical reduction. Here's the wiki link: 04:25, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

This needs more help by a professional chemist... And I need to go to work... So if anyone continues clarification work - thanks, else I'll do a little more after work/afterwardsTier666 (talk) 05:21, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

I tried to clear up some things, but I am not a chemistry expert either.. --Flai (talk) 06:31, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Hints (just looked into lit a little bit): NaBH4 would not really reduce the paper (make it vanish by reducing the cellulose to something like ) but may reduce (and so "vanishing") the ink: --> You can use a little bit of NaBH4 to make whiter paperTier666 (talk) 08:15, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Google Sodium Borohydride + Paper and the majority of results are based on its use to bleach the pulp during manufacture. A quick search doesn't yield any obvious results on the effects on printed paper. --Pudder (talk) 09:10, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Look at that! My chemistry degree comes in handy for once! NaBH4 is used for lots of reductions in organic synthesis. The fact that he is using it on paper (an organic substance) doesn't seem to add to the comic in my opinion. NaBH4 is one of the strongest reducers, so I think it's more of an archetypal reference rather than a specific reference. My two cents. Also I fixed the explanation of reduction. 09:18, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

If Black Hat is having trouble oxidizing the bill, might I suggest chlorine trifluoride?

Or you can try the infamous Dioxygen Diflouride... [1]