Thursday, January 14, 2010

Radium

RADIUM, n. A mineral that gives off heat and stimulates the organ that a scientist is a fool with.

2010 Update: A radioactive element first discovered in Czech dirt and shown by the Curies not to be composed of slavic souls, as demonstrated by the natural glow and comparatively mild toxicity.

17 comments:

pia said...

I'm first? No!!!!!!
Marie Curie was one of my big heros in elementary school
I wish I had actually learned about her in school--I guess I did later but I remember picking up a Landmark book (girls books about famous people) and wow

Tom & Icy said...

Radium watches on hands chasing fire-flies on a dark July night... and my verifier: faticare, part of the health care bill.

Thom said...

Does it matter what organ?

jenn said...

Good hot springs out that way.

karma said...

i would give you a glowing report but i'm in the dark

ovaut: eggs that don't hatch

TLP said...

Multiple radius.

rendall tilden said...

i just read that her papers and her cookbook are so radioactive they must be kept in lead lined boxes...

actonbell said...

rendall, are you reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson? Cuz I was just thinking, Madame Curie is still radiant, after all these years.

sauerkraut said...

What makes a stick but not a firefly glow.

Cooper said...

Raduim: the forefather of the gas under most of the homes in Maryland.

Bierce, LLC said...

Mr. Pascover,

This blog is creepy. I'm revoking my contract immediately.

Regards,

A. Bierce

Ariel the Thief said...

This is what happens when your English vocabulary comes from different songs, I now hear Madame Curie singing "don't you know that you're toxic?" in my head.

Karen said...

That's funny, Ariel. The English language can be peculiar sometimes. It doesn't translate well into other lexicons, or so I understand.

Doug said...

Pia, how long was your book report?

Tom, I had a radium watch when I was a kid. Probably why there's a peacock at the end of my wrist.

Thom, in scientists I think its the brain. The rest of us, on the other hand, oh let's say the wallet.

Czech, Jenn?

I doubt it, Karma.

Radii, blogmama!

Tilden, can they be read through the lead?

Actonbell, that sounds like a good one.

Sauerkraut, what makes a fireflow glow? C'est l'amour!

I think that's right, Cooper. All the more reason to stay in the attic.

Public domain, Ambrose.

Ariel, is that Monty Python?

Karen, I think that's English speakers.

Ariel the Thief said...

Karen, that's so true! Not one language translates well into an other one, the only solution would be to learn ALL. :( Although it is so funny when you find the right term for somehting in a language other than your own, and it makes you happy because finally you have words for something you didn't have words for before.

Karen said...

Word.

jenn said...

British Columbia, Doug.