OPEN THREAD 20200219

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

Citizen U

Day 105 – DUBNIUM.


11 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200219

  1. The little town of Dubna, home of the Объединённый институт ядерных исследований, finally gets a little love from The Powers That Be in element names….

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  2. I dub thee….Dubnium!!!

    Not much to say about this one.

    Dubnium 268 has a half life of 28 hours, which is quite lengthy for this part of the table.

    Dubnium has been synthesized with the following reactions, at least:

    1. Am(95)-243 + Ne(10)-22 → Db(105)-265-x + x n

    …….(in this case either 4 or 5 neutrons fell off the thing after it was made, that’s what x stands for.)

    2. Cf(98)-249 + N(7)-15 → Db(105)-260 + 4 n

    And now for a word.

    Traditionally the isotope number is written as a superscript BEFORE the element symbol, and the atomic number (element number) as a subscript BEFORE the element symbol, so you get an effect something like:


    but without all those pesky dots. If you’ve been reading along, you’ll note that I’ve been lazy and just type something like Db-260 or U-235; this is common when superscripting is impractical.

    And because I don’t expect everyone reading this to be the sort who memorized the periodic table back in 6th grade (when it ended at lawrencium) I will sometimes put the atomic number in parentheses right after the symbol. That’s less common but what the heck, I gotta be inventive sometimes.

    Incidentally those nerds who memorized the periodic table in 6th grade sometimes needed to refresh themselves on the lanthanides later, and don’t remember Jacques Schitt (brother of Adam) about what comes AFTER lawrencium though this is an excellent time to learn.

    So if you know ANY nerds like that point them here.

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  3. After church, Johnny tells his parents he has to go and talk
    to the minister right away. They agree and the pastor greets
    the family.

    “Pastor,” Johnny says, “I heard you say today that our bodies
    came from the dust.”

    “That’s right, Johnny, I did.”

    “And I heard you say that when we die, our bodies go back to

    “Yes, I’m glad you were listening. Why do you ask?”

    “Well you better come over to our house right away and look
    under my bed ’cause there’s someone either comin’ or goin’!”

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  4. A man attends a church prayer meeting. The pastor asks if anyone has a prayer request for the church. The man states “Please pray for my hearing.”

    So, the pastor leads the congregation in prayer for the man’s hearing. When he completes the prayer, the pastor then asks the man does he feel any different about his hearing.

    The man says, “I don’t know. It’s not until next Wednesday.”

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  5. The Doors sold as many albums as Van Halen, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foreigner, or Tom Petty. They sold more albums than Journey, Bob Seger, The Police, Nirvana, or Bob Marley.

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  6. An old aristocrat arrives home one evening and, as usual, his butler helps him take off his overcoat.
    “Well, you smelly old cunt,” says the butler, “been off boozing and shagging whores again, have we?”
    “No, James,” says the count, “I was in town buying a new hearing aid and you’re fired.”

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  7. A police officer pulls over an elderly couple
    He walks up to the driver’s side window and asks the husband for his license and registration.

    The wife, hard of hearing, asks “what?! What did he say to you?”

    The husband replies “he wants my license!”

    The officer asks him if he knew how fast he was going.

    The wife yells “what?! What did he say to you?”

    The husband yells back “he says I was speeding!”

    As the officer looks at the license he notices they’re from Ohio “you know, I used to live in Ohio. Worst place ever. I was seeing this woman there, and it was just miserable. She would never shut up, couldn’t cook worth shit, constantly belittled me, and the sex was just awful.”

    The old lady once again yells “what?! What did he say to you?”

    The husband yells back “he said you two used to date!”

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