Captain Mercaptan Superhero is Back in Baltimore!

Captain Mercaptain! (Pugh, what’s that smell?)

Captain Mercaptan is back! You may recall last fall MDN had a good time poking fun at Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) and Marvel for creating a superhero, called Captain Mercaptan, based on one of the worst odors known to mankind (see Captain Mercaptan to the Rescue! Super Hero Named After Foul Odor). Mercaptan is the chemical added to natural gas that gives it that distinctive rotten eggs smell. It’s added as a safety precaution–so your nose can tell you if there’s a natural gas leak. Who knows how many lives that smelly chemical has saved over the years? The PR folks at BGE decided to create a superhero based on the odor as a way to educate kids about the potential dangers of natural gas if they should smell it. Last week BGE announced the kickoff of the 2016 “Adventures of Captain Mercaptan, BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge.” Don your capes kiddies! Oh, and bring along a gas mask. That Captain Mercaptan dude smells!…

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