OPEN THREAD 20200302

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21 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200302

  1. First, we’ll note that it is not named “tennessium”. This is probably so the discoverers could go, “I was smooshing, with my atoms, at the tennessine waltz….”

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  2. The atoms in question were berkelium and calcium.

    This lead to a significant number of logistics problems because berkelium isn’t just lying around getting dusty on a shelf somewhere… is decaying. In fact, its half-life is only 330 days, so you need a fresh batch of berkelium (costs about $3.5M), or you can get it as a by-product from the production of californium for about $600K after someone else pays for the californium. Joseph Hamilton of Vanderbilt, nagged the Oak Ridge facility roughly every week to see if anyone had ordered any californium lately.

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  3. Being that the element wouldn’t have been synthesized without a Vanderbilt (headquartered in Nashville) University bugging the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (near Knoxville) for an extended period, the element was named after the state in which both facilities are located — rather than anything more local to the Dubnans (who did the smooshing).

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  4. For anyone who doesn’t know the real reason its name ends in “ine” instead of “um” is it is expected to act like a halogen, not like a metal or semi-metal. All halogens end in “-ine”

    My high school chemistry teacher actually said that elements that end in -en or -ine “are the fags of the chemical world” in that they form molecules as pairs, O2, Cl2, Br2, etc.

    He’d certainly get fired for that today.

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    1. It is true that all halogens end with “ine”, but the typical halogen (Loonie-Tunes’ “Tasmanian Devil”) behavior peaks at the top with fluorine and gets weaker as the atomic number grows. In addition, the diagonal slash of metalloid elements generally marks a transition of sorts. And, of course, it’s not like the elements are entirely consistent that way — selenium is two rows down from oxygen and is characterized as a nonmetal.

      My comment, however, was mainly to set-up the later video.

      And, were it left up to me, an affirmative defense of your High School teacher should be, “it helped 80% of the class remember the subject material more easily — whether they were offended, amused, or oblivious.”

      Good to see you stopping by!!! As you predicted, the subject matter gets kind of thin when you’re talking about synthesizing under a hundred atoms.

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  5. George, the bartender, asks the Hillbilly, who is sitting at the bar, ‘What’ll you have?’

    Hillbilly answers, ‘Ah, I’ll have a scotch, please.’

    George hands him the drink, and says, ‘That’ll be $4.60,’ to which the Hillbilly splutters, ‘What are you talking about? I don’t owe you anything for this.’

    Roger, a lawyer, sitting nearby and overhearing the conversation, then says to George, the bartender, ‘You know, he’s got you there. In the original offer, which constitutes a binding contract upon acceptance, there was no stipulation of remuneration.’You must have a double

    George was singularly unimpressed, so he says to the Hillbilly, ‘OK, you beat me for a drink. But don’t ever let me ever catch you in here again.’

    The next day, the Hillbilly again, walks into the bar. George glowers and rasps, ‘What the heck are you doing in here? I can’t believe you’ve got the audacity to come back! ‘The Hillbilly smiles and says, ‘What are you talking about? I’ve never been in this place in my life!’

    George looks at the Hillbilly closely and mutters, ‘I’m sorry, but this is uncanny. You must have a double. ‘The Hillbilly, without missing a beat says, ‘Thank you, bartender. Make it a scotch.’

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  6. A mercurial rocker of a popular band was known to give out many backstage passes. Now this happens all the time in the music industry; however this rocker always handed out the same pass to many women, and never changed it. The pass was for Tulsa OK, and he’d give out the large TULSA backstage pass on any show… Detroit MI, St. Louis MO, Orange County CA, Long Island NY… all the women got the TULSA pass.

    The bands manager would always explain to the local crew about the pass, letting them know that it is indeed the right pass for the show, regardless of where they were playing. Each night, many beautiful young women would surely show up to the backstage area with the same TULSA pass that the rocker loved to give out. He explained that the young rocker wasn’t very good with geography and would always give out the same pass, not even sure if he knew where Tulsa was.

    One day they have a show, and the rocker informs his manager that one of his best friends from childhood would be in attendance, and he wants him to give him the full VIP treatment. He gives his friend the backstage VIP treatment and they wait for the show to conclude. After the show, the three of them are talking and having drinks, and the band manager mentions “Our worst show, was a place where… I think it’s that one place where you can see all four states, I think it’s in like Nebraska, Kansas and two other states or something..”

    Without missing a beat, the rocker gets up, states “I’m getting another beer; but I think you mean the “Four Corners Monument” where the Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah borders meet, due to the unique fact of right angle geometric borders in those states’ corners. Another similar attraction is the “7 States” visible from Lookout Mountain outside of Chattanooga where one can see Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama on a clear day with a set of binoculars.”

    He leaves the room to grab his beer. Gobsmacked, the manager explains the story to the rockers’ childhood friend about the TulsA passes, and how he thought the rocker knew nothing about geography. His friend of many years replies back:

    “Nah, he’s pretty good with geography, he’s just dyslexic. That’s why he hands out tulsA passes to all the young ladies!”

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  7. A seven-year old Tennessee boy was at the center of a Fulton County courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest degree possible.

    The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her.

    When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and said that they also beat him.

    After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

    After two recesses to check legal references and confer with the Child Welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Tennessee Titans, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

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  8. And a bonus California pickup line:

    “Hey, girl, are you from Tennessee?”

    *waits for answer*

    “Because I’ve never met someone from Tennessee and I’m starting to have doubts that it’s a real state.”

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