5.23.2010

Laughing At The Elements...

I'm a big fan of The Onion, a satirical newspaper that prints some of the most hilarious articles and videos known to man. So when I opened up my Google Reader this morning and saw this, I knew I had to post one of my favorites as well... though admittedly I'm not sure where it originated...

After working with the Federal Government for thirteen years now, I know that sometimes you have to laugh not just with them, but at them...


Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of morons promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.

When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium, since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

5 comments:

DelhiBound said...

OH MY ... laughing SO hard right now ...

(especially when you realize that peon is an actual job title in India!)

Sara said...

LOVE the Onion. Back in Arlington we got hard copies of the Onion every Thursday. One of my favs is really crude so I can't repeat it.

Mom24 said...

That's very funny. Thanks. I needed the smile. :)

meanderingmemos said...

So funny ... so true ...

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