Wednesday, December 7, 2005

6 Kislew 5766/7 December 2005: Pearl Harbour Remembrance Day

Greetings.

Reminder: Enter the The Weird Thing of the Day Dune Fantastic Religion Contest for a chance to win fame and glory, and to get to pick the weird thing of the day for a week.

You may want to see something weird tangentially relevant to the contest.

Today’s weird thing is something sarcastic from Emily’s collection, included below. Enjoy.

Aaron



New Element

GOVERNMENT DISCOVERS NEW ELEMENT

The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by U.S. Government chemists. The element, tentatively named "ADMINISTRATIUM", has no protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0. However, it does have 1 neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons, and 111 assistant viceneutrons. This gives it an atomic mass of 312. These particles are held together by a force that involves the continuous exchange of meson-like particles called morons. Since it has no electrons Administratium is inert. However, it can be detected chemically as it impedes every reaction it comes in contact with.

According to the discoverers, Dr. Wayne Hershey and Dr. Sparkle Wier, a minute amount of Administratium caused one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would have normally occurred in less than a second. Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years, after which it does not actually decay but instead undergoes a reorganization in which assistant neutrons, vice neutrons, and assistant viceneutrons exchange places. Some studies have shown that the atomic mass actually increases after each reorganization.

Research at other laboratories indicates that Administratium occurs naturally in the atmosphere. It tends to concentrate at certain points such as government agencies, large corporations, universities, and public school districts, and can usually be found in the newest, best appointed, and best maintained buildings. Scientists point out that Administratium is known to be toxic at any level of concentration and can easily destroy any productive reaction where it is allowed to accumulate. Attempts are being made to determine how Administratium can be controlled to prevent irreversible damage, but results to date are not promising.
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