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Reactions that occur near the energetic threshold can be very different to those where energy is in excess. In a series of experiments, we have used a narrow linewidth laser to provide a small organic molecule, acetaldehyde (CH3CHO), with a precise amount of energy, and used laser and imaging based techniques to probe the reaction products. In this paper I shall present three different examples of "weird chemistry" that happens at threshold: i) two fragments of acetaldehyde, CH3 and HCO almost separate but are trapped in their mutual van der Waals well. Here they orbit each other and produce different chemical products; ii) selectively deuterated acetaldehyde is observed to undergo facile and unexpected H/D exchange before the reaction is complete; and iii) as soon as there is enough energy to break more than one bond, this channel becomes dominant, but the mechanism for this dominance is as yet unexplained. Near-threshold chemistry is not an esoteric, narrow window, but one that is prevalent in chemistry more generally. Examples in atmospheric and combustion chemistry will be presented.