The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 February 2003

Neutron dance

Bleeding Brain proposes some timely adjustments to the periodic table. Francium, a nasty reactive (and radioactive) metal, should be renamed; the proffered suggestion is "Britanium". Double the T (Rule, Brittanium!), and I'll go along with it. (Otherwise people might think you're naming it for Britney Spears, and her area of expertise isn't chemistry, but semiconductor physics.)

Further recommended is the renaming of Europium for "the first astronomer who discovers intelligent life forms in France." This could take a while.

I demur, however, when it comes to the renaming of Berkelium. I have no particular reason to want to commemorate Berkeley, but BB's suggested name — "Blogium" — duplicates an existing element.

That element, of course, is Boron.

Posted at 8:00 AM to Dyssynergy


"Francium, a nasty reactive ... metal, should be renamed..."

No. Based on this description, that metal is perfectly named.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 10:25 AM on 25 February 2003

Well, given its presence in Group I, we can assume that it gives up its outer electron very easily.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:33 AM on 25 February 2003

Which would be one of its more endearing little quarks.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 3:10 PM on 25 February 2003

You be blogon but you not boron.

Posted by: fredf at 7:51 PM on 25 February 2003

Just wanted to say, nice job working in the Britney Spears site. That was a hoot.

Posted by: Wylie at 5:16 PM on 26 February 2003

I found that site last year; I've been trying to find a place to sneak it in (beyond the obvious "Go see this" link) ever since.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:54 PM on 26 February 2003

Hi Dyssynergy,

Thanks for this link to bleeding brain.

Best Regards.

Posted by: bleeding brain at 7:46 PM on 27 February 2003