OPEN THREAD 20200220

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



20 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200220

  1. One of the very few elements lived after a then-living person (the other is coming up at 118), seaborgium is named after Glenn T. Seaborg, who passed in 1999.

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  2. Seaborg led the the Berkeley element detection team through californium, americium, berkelium, and lawrencium — as well as curium, rutherfordium, fermium, nobelium, and plutonium — as well as this one. He was also the guy that thought of/popularized lining up the actinides against the lanthanides.

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  3. Seaborgium is a transition metal directly under Wolfram. If you squint at our Wolf’s avatar, and think of it as glowing blue, that could be an avatar for this element. Don’t blink, however, because the longest half-life of any isotope is about 14 minutes.

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  4. In the 1980s, Seaborg rallied a group of scientists who criticized the science curriculum in the state of California, which he viewed as far too socially oriented and not nearly focused enough on hard science. It’s probably for the best that he didn’t see the state of “science” today.

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  5. Seaborgium was produced at Berkeley in 1971 by smooshing Californium with oxygens; the Dubna group preferred smooshing lead with chromiums in 1974. Berkeley’s observations were complicated by a massive rebuild of their HILAC accelerator….after which they re-ran the same experiments in 1974 and were astonished to get the same results.

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  6. An engineer is giving a lecture at the local college…

    The lecture hall is completely full with a line out the door of people trying to get in. From the outside of the building the audience could be heard erupting with laughter, applause, oohs and aahs, and gasps of surprise.

    A man walking by sees the line out the door and hears the commotion coming from the lecture hall and decides to see what is going on. He gets as close as he can to the front a d asks one of the students trying to get in what the lecture is suppose to be about.

    “Well an engineer is in there, giving a speech entitled “The Mechanical Properties and Shear Strength Analysis of Joints Fastened By Means of Metallic Slugs Compressed by Pneumatic Tools” the Student replied.

    The man’s mouth dropped open in disbelief, “This whole crowd and all that noise, for something that sounds like a snooze fest?” he asked.

    The student replied, “Oh don’t let the name fool you. When it comes right down to it, it is simply riveting!”

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  7. Post Brexit, three sailors are discussing their cargo….they are used to transporting goods across the Channel and making a good living doing so, but this time….they’ve got 300 boxes of speciality potatoes grown in Northern Ireland that they’re supposed to be shipping to France — and the “special” thing about the spuds is that they’re each shaped like a penis.

    “We’ll be a laughing stock” says the first sailor.

    “I’ll never be able to live it down” says the second.

    “Let’s tell the captain that we’ve decided not to go” says the third.

    Headstrong they head to the captains quarters to voice their displeasure and inform him of their decision.

    The captain hears them out but ultimately disagrees and informs them that they’ll be going ahead with the journey.

    “But we’ve got you outvoted 3 to 1” the sailors cried in unison.

    “You fools” said the captain “you’re all forgetting one thing!”

    “What’s that?” Exclaimed the sailors.

    The captain stood tall and addressed them powerfully.

    “That this isn’t a democracy….”

    “It’s a dick tater ship!”

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  8. A Nazi walks into a bar, looks around, and notices an older orthodox Jewish man seated at a nearby table.
    “Barman,” he says, “A round on me, for all your patrons, but not for the old Jewish geezer right there.”
    As everyone in the bar receives their drinks, he looks directly at the Jew with a nasty little smile. Surprisingly, the Jew nods his head and sends a warm smile back.

    The Nazi is somewhat miffed, as this was not the reaction he expected. So he goes back to the bar. “Barman, a second round for everyone but him, and this time take it all from the top shelf.” Nazi looks again at the Jew, and notices that he is STILL smiling back, and even warmer than before.

    “Is that Jew a complete fool or what?” he asks the barman. The bartender responds: “Oh, no, my generous friend, that gentleman is my boss and the owner of the bar.”

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  9. And, from Wikipoo’s bio of Seaborg….

    “In 1942, Seaborg married Helen Griggs, the secretary of physicist Ernest Lawrence. Under wartime pressure, Seaborg had moved to Chicago while engaged to Griggs. When Seaborg returned to accompany Griggs for the journey back to Chicago, friends expected them to marry in Chicago. But, eager to be married, Seaborg and Griggs impulsively got off the train in the town of Caliente, Nevada, for what they thought would be a quick wedding. When they asked for City Hall, they found Caliente had none—they would have to travel 25 miles north to Pioche, the county seat. With no car, this was no easy feat, but one of Caliente’s newest deputy sheriffs turned out to be a recent graduate of the Cal Berkeley chemistry department and was more than happy to do a favor for Seaborg. The deputy sheriff arranged for the wedding couple to ride up and back to Pioche in a mail truck. The witnesses at the Seaborg wedding were a clerk and a janitor.”

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  10. There was once an actor who did Shakespearean plays, but had aged and long past his peak! After many years, he finds himself in the Halifax Theater in Canada, where they are prepared to give him a chance.

    The director says, “This is the most important part, and it has only one line. You walk on to the stage carrying a rose. You hold the rose to your nose with just the fore finger and thumb, sniff the rose deeply and then say the line : _“Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress!”_

    The actor is thrilled. All day long before the play he was practicing his line over and over again.

    Finally, the time came. The curtain went up, the actor walked onto the stage, and performing the sniffing action as told with one fore-finger and thumb, he delivered the line: “Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress.”

    The theater erupted, the audience was rolling with laughter and the director was steaming! “You bloody fool!” He cried, “You have ruined the show!”

    The actor was bewildered, “What happened, _did I forget my line?_

    “No!” screamed the director. “You forgot the rose!“

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