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Why: Last night while Chandler was stirring us some fry:
ME: Do onions not hurt your eyes?They might still hurt. That or I'm supes tired.
HIM: Sometimes, but I cut the thing out.
ME: What thing?
HIM: The thing that makes your eyes water.
ME: Oh, I thought it was an enzyme. Anyway, mine are hurting bad.
HIM: Huh, they shouldn't.
ME: I don't know. I'm way over here.
Answer: Enzymes! Vindicated!
When you cut an onion, you break cells, releasing their contents. Amino acid sulfoxides form sulfenic acids. Enzymes that were kept separate now are free to mix with the sulfenic acids to produce propanethiol S-oxide, a volatile sulfur compound that wafts upward toward your eyes. This gas reacts with the water in your tears to form sulfuric acid. The sulfuric acid burns, stimulating your eyes to release more tears to wash the irritant away.lachrymal glands in your iLidz).
Source: Chemistry.About.com, HowStuffWorks,
The More You Know: There are a few ways to prevent your weeping:
- Get a tearless onion
- Wear goggles while you cut
- Run a fan
- Refrigerate the onion before cutting to slow the chemical reactions
- Cut the onion under water
- Cook it (like into an Awesome Blossom [only 2,170 calories!])
Also, there is a gay romance novel named The Happy Onion, in case you are into that sort of thing.