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November 13th, 2006


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11:19 pm - Musical Elements
A Tom Lehrer ditty, to be sung to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Modern Major-General":


"The Elements" Flash animation singalong


The Elements


There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium
And gold, protactinium and indium and gallium
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.

There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium
And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium and barium.

There's holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium
And phosphorous and francium and fluorine and terbium
And manganese and mercury, molybdinum, magnesium,
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium
And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, plutonium,
Paladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium,
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.

There's sulfur, californium and fermium, berkelium
And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium
And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper,
Tungsten, tin and sodium.

These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
And there may be many others but they haven't been discovered.

Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: "The Elements" by Tom Lehrer

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From:klsiegel
Date:November 14th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
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My husband uses this sometimes in his chemistry lectures. The students all think it's corny, of course, and most have never heard of G&S...sigh. Their loss. I did nine seasons in the pit orchestra for a G&S opera company in the town I grew up in. I can quote substantially from Pirates, Pinafore, Mikado, Ruddigore...comes in handy, occasionally.

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