The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 April 2007

Unobtainium still on back order

There's no way to reword this without snark:

Kryptonite, which robbed Superman of his powers, is no longer the stuff of comic books and films. A mineral found by geologists in Serbia shares virtually the same chemical composition as the fictional kryptonite from outer space, used by the superhero's nemesis Lex Luthor to weaken him in the film Superman Returns.

"We will have to be careful with it — we wouldn't want to deprive Earth of its most famous superhero!" said Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum. Stanley, who revealed the identity of the mysterious new mineral, discovered the match after searching the Internet for its chemical formula — sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide.

Asked to comment, Daily Planet reporter C. Kent turned visibly pale and headed in the general direction of the men's room.

(Seen at Fark.)

Update, 1 pm: Okay, it isn't green, but it can be red, sort of: "It will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange," says Dr Stanley.

Posted at 10:15 AM to Entirely Too Cool


Ha. Really.

Does this mean scientists are comic-book geeks? Or is reality all a dream, and WE are in the comics?

Posted by: Ms Cornelius at 10:20 PM on 24 April 2007

"the general direction of the men's room."

Wouldn't that be the Supermen's room?

Posted by: Brett at 11:25 PM on 24 April 2007

Charles, is the title a reference to "The Core?"

Posted by: david at 6:29 AM on 25 April 2007

Not necessarily; stuff with this name or something like it has a long and semi-honorable connection to lots of hard SF. Still, that's probably its most visible manifestation.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:59 AM on 25 April 2007

Does lithium thallium methylphenyphthalate have anything to do with Sylvester the cat?

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at 11:43 PM on 28 April 2007

Only inasmuch as if he tried to say it, he'd displace as much saliva as the 76 trombones in the big parade, give or take a couple of cornets.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:48 PM on 28 April 2007