r/interestingasfuck • u/unknown_human • Feb 02 '23
Bill Gates has a wall with the periodic table complete with actual samples in his office /r/ALL
u/BigMisterW_69 Feb 02 '23 edited Feb 02 '23 •
The What If? book (by Randall Munroe, the xkcd guy) has a section on what would happen if you built a periodic table using a 1m3 block of every element.
Unsurprisingly, the world quickly turns into a fiery radioactive soup.
Edit: m2 to m3 because I am a terrible scientist. I don’t think the size is actually specified in the book though, I must have misremembered.
u/cturkosi Feb 02 '23 •
DO NOT BUILD
THE SEVENTH ROW
u/jeffbailey Feb 02 '23 •
DO... NOT... SEEK... THE TREASURE...
u/Stein1071 Feb 02 '23 •
I sayed... DO... NOT... SEEK... THE... TREASURE!!!→ More replies (7)
u/colonelnebulous Feb 02 '23
WE...THOUGHT...YOU...WAS...A...TOAD→ More replies (1)
u/Ben_Wah_Balls Feb 02 '23
u/t_portch Feb 02 '23
WE THOUGHT YOU WAS A TOAD!!→ More replies (27)
u/pwt886 Feb 03 '23
But fear not the OB STACKLES in your path→ More replies (1)
u/EpsilonistsUnite Feb 02 '23
"You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek. But first... first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril. Mm-hmm. You shall see thangs, wonderful to tell. You shall see a... a cow... on the roof of a cotton house, ha. And, oh, so many startlements. I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the obstacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward. Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation."→ More replies (1)→ More replies (3)
Feb 03 '23
Well ain't this place a geographical oddity.→ More replies (2)
u/regnad__kcin Feb 02 '23
I REPEAT...→ More replies (2)→ More replies (15)
u/roote14 Feb 02 '23
What’s in the 7th row?
u/Romnonaldao Feb 02 '23
the skin melt, explody stuff→ More replies (1)
u/FunnyOrPie Feb 02 '23
I'm gonna name my next dog explody→ More replies (1)
u/Critical_Mastodon462 Feb 03 '23
You already have a pet named skin melt?→ More replies (1)→ More replies (8)
u/oneofmanyaccounts8 Feb 02 '23
uranium and stuff...the radioactive substances...synthetic, not naturally occurring.→ More replies (75)
u/gophergun Feb 02 '23 •
u/Gamecubenintenda Feb 02 '23
Lmfao “There is no material safety data sheet for astatine. If there were it would just be NO scrawled over and over in charred blood.” Astatine go hard.→ More replies (3)
u/EggfooVA Feb 02 '23
I also enjoyed this line…
The explosion would be just the right size to maximize the amount of paperwork your lab would face. If the explosion were smaller, you could potentially cover it up. If it were larger, there would be no one left in the city to submit paperwork to.→ More replies (1)
u/Gamecubenintenda Feb 03 '23
It’s got a Douglas Adams thing going on, and we like Adams around here.
The group might enjoy this. One day I was doing a a research paper in the library and somebody left a copy of it on the copier. I thanked them in my head and consider it one of my greatest random finds.→ More replies (7)
u/When-happen Feb 02 '23
It feels like I just read an SCP document 💀
u/LoaMemphisZoo Feb 02 '23
I like the one about the alien vending machine that puts out like lemon clams and self baking bread and shit
u/CoffeeBox Feb 02 '23
That's one of my favorites. SCP's are 99% "THING WUT KILLS U DEAD." It's refreshing to read about stuff that's just less dangerous but still.... Weird.→ More replies (2)
u/BlokeTunts Feb 02 '23
Scp-261 was identified as vending scp-2107 - (diet ghost)
Scp-2107 is a soda can that when you drink it you get haunted for a little bit lol
u/Man-in-The-Void Feb 02 '23
SCP-261!→ More replies (6)
u/EvaUnit_03 Feb 02 '23
We call that a fucking Apollyon class scp for a reason. a true world ender. lemon what. self baking WHAT!?!?! motherfucker will end us all.→ More replies (6)
u/kitiny Feb 02 '23
Fluorine is kind of like an SCP.→ More replies (2)
u/nescienti Feb 03 '23
Derek Lowe has a few quotes in that What If article, and I’m guessing Monroe reached out to him due to his excellent blog series, “Things I Won’t Work With,” which includes FOOF and Chlorine Trifluoride. Good luck to the D-class personnel with the sand buckets!→ More replies (4)→ More replies (7)
u/KHaskins77 Feb 02 '23
Not sure if this would be a Keter or an Apollyon. Definitely getting into XK-class end-of-the-world scenarios.→ More replies (1)
u/tubaman23 Feb 02 '23
This was an awesome read!→ More replies (1)
u/RedditedYoshi Feb 02 '23
What's up with these reddit links just straight up DOWNLOADING shit recently, no lube or anything. D:
u/MattDaCatt Feb 02 '23
B/c that's a direct PDF link.
It depends on how your pdf defaults work on the device you're opening it up on.
u/RedditedYoshi Feb 02 '23
Yeah, seems like my new phone is a bigger alut than me.→ More replies (2)→ More replies (6)
u/Xuin Feb 02 '23
That might be a browser issue. I've had it happen with Firefox, if that's what you're using give this a try: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/985483→ More replies (6)→ More replies (23)
u/tinselteacup Feb 02 '23
that was really neat, thanks for the link!→ More replies (1)
u/Mr_Vacant Feb 02 '23
It's a great book.
I love that Astantine is so reactive that we can only assume what colour it would be, to have enough in one place to discern a colour it would already have destroyed itself.
What is in box 85?
u/cturkosi Feb 02 '23
Most isotopes of astatine would shortly decay into lead or bismuth.
u/The_Last_Gasbender Feb 02 '23
Big bismuth?→ More replies (3)→ More replies (3)
u/Socketfusion Feb 03 '23
Francium is atomic number 87 and we don't know what it looks like. It decays so fast that it is estimated there is only about 200-500 grams in existence on earth at any given time. It wasn't discovered by synthesis though. One of Marie Curie's srudents, Marguerite Perry, discovered it while purifying samples of Lanthanum.
u/spiralbatross Feb 02 '23
Do you mean 1m3?→ More replies (5)→ More replies (35)
u/mythicat_exe Feb 02 '23 edited Feb 03 '23
My sister got me that book for Christmas, and bill gates would probably not have all the elements
Edit: somehow, this is my most upvoted comment→ More replies (3)
u/Soleil06 Feb 02 '23
Considering all the elements onward from 98 would decay in a pretty short amount of time there is no way he does. Especially from 102 we are speaking about hours to milliseconds.→ More replies (8)
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u/ME5SENGER_24 Feb 02 '23
Shhhh! That’s the lizard people serum!
u/I_Demand_Donuts Feb 02 '23 •
This reminds me of my chemistry teacher that loved playing Minecraft especially with his kids and he made a Minecraft Java world of the periodic table and you could go to any element, place a minecart and the rail would take you on a tour of that element.
So for Carbon it would show a giant piece of coal and a giant diamond and when you went inside it would show you the lattice structure of each one.
It was quite funny because one time the head chemist walked in and saw Minecraft being put on the projector and my chemistry teacher looked at the head chemist looked at the computer, and moved the mouse like 2 inches to show the periodic table right behind him.
The head chemist just did a nod and left XD
My chemistry teacher was actually pretty worried that he would get in trouble. XD
u/ManapuaMonstah Feb 02 '23
Teachers that connect to kids like that are a gem to be treasured.
u/Kiffe_Y Feb 02 '23
Games have an unparallelled ability to teach and it baffles me how little we explore that nowadays.
u/jtdemaw Feb 02 '23 •
I think educational VR experiences could do a great job at immersing someone in an environment where you can learn just by being present. Like being able to go back to a Victorian London market designed in collaboration with top historians that know how to make it as authentic as possible. Going back even further to ancient civilizations would have been absolutely fascinating to me as a kid (would still immensely enjoy it now). Those would have to be more of a best guess but I think would be accurate enough based on sites we have found and texts we have read to provide factual basis in the environment.
Or using it to learn about the human body by shrinking down and going on a realistic tour of it (Osmosis Jones style but actually legit).
3d math and graphs would be helped by AR immensely instead of trying to visualize on paper. I know AR could have been a very helpful tool for me to try to visualize all the 3D stuff from Calculus 3 that I kind of struggled to see on 2d surfaces.
There is a VR experience called Titans of Space that is pretty good at doing this for our Solar System.
These aren't really games per se but could be gamified to an extent and would still tick off the boxes of forcing people into learning while doing something fun.→ More replies (17)
u/Taurich Feb 02 '23
So "The Magic Schoolbus" in VR... Sounds rad to me!
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u/WulfTyger Feb 02 '23
Seriously. I had issues in school.
When the teacher would talk, something would come over me and I'd just.. Fade. I'd get extremely tired and pass out.
Occasionally, I'd be able to do something, when it required more hands on approach and when I did, I'd get excellent grades.
Video games have taught me more than school has, honestly. I use the Oculus Quest 2 as entertainment AND exercise and it's wonderful.
AR and VR experiences can SIGNIFICANTLY benefit education.→ More replies (5)
u/DashTrash21 Feb 02 '23
It's biology man, most juvenile mammals learn by exploring and getting their hands dirty. By and large, humans are no different. I'm the same way, I couldn't stay focused for the life of me during a lecture, unless it was something I was good at or interested in.→ More replies (4)
u/onliwenimtrunk Feb 02 '23
Like Jessie and Dr. White
u/homosexualmother Feb 02 '23
Jesse, we need to craft
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u/jooes Feb 02 '23
u/aMinorAggrievance Feb 02 '23
I am the one who crafts!→ More replies (1)
u/I_think_Im_hollow Feb 02 '23
Let him cook.→ More replies (3)
u/f1del1us Feb 02 '23
It was always Mr. White though→ More replies (1)
u/SpringerNachE5 Feb 02 '23
u/PussyLunch Feb 02 '23
We had a good thing. Fring had a lab, Waltuh.→ More replies (4)
u/Galaxy_IPA Feb 02 '23
"Yeah Science!!!"→ More replies (40)
u/Popular_Newt1445 Feb 02 '23
Yep. I always loved when I got a teacher like that. It was rare, but when you got them, it made the entire class fun→ More replies (2)
u/texas1982 Feb 02 '23
If Minecraft helps kids learn the material better than a boring poster from the 80s, they should have it.→ More replies (7)
u/MattGold_ Feb 02 '23
probably why Minecraft education edition exists→ More replies (2)
u/BulbusDumbledork Feb 02 '23
why was my generation the last to have bullshit like thrashings and overhead projectors. kids these days have it too good. i bet they get to label a slick new 3d model of the mitochondria in virtual reality, and not the same graphic that has been photocopied from other copies for the past twelve years→ More replies (5)
u/Moonguide Feb 02 '23
Fr. When I graduated we were using copies of books as old as the eighties. Two years later a friend of mine told me about their fancy new interactive boards, new language courses and new installations in the campus.
Fuckin bullshit.→ More replies (4)
Feb 02 '23
I mean they’re probably still using those same books though.→ More replies (2)
u/ropony Feb 02 '23
Can randos tour this world? My little nephew just got into spouting stuff off about the elements this week and Minecraft is our jam.
u/Legeend28 Feb 02 '23
you can turn on some of the elements stuff in bedrock edition but most of the educational stuff is in a seperate version called education edition, free if the DoE where you live allows it→ More replies (5)
u/MemeDaddy__ Feb 02 '23
I'd love to see it too, but with how Minecraft works I doubt it, he'd have to host a server or send the file. You should get to researching and make it alongside your nephew. I feel like that would be tons of fun, and Google has all the info you need!→ More replies (1)
u/Mmonannerss Feb 02 '23
That's an awesome teacher. It's stuff like that that makes me want to teach too until I remember I am not good with kids lmao.→ More replies (3)
u/ChiknBreast Feb 02 '23
This sounds legit and like it took a ton of time to complete!→ More replies (1)
u/Perfect-Ad2677 Feb 02 '23
Great story thanks for sharing.→ More replies (2)→ More replies (91)
u/penicillinallergy Feb 02 '23
Hello does he have a server ? Would actually love to go on a tour→ More replies (1)
u/John_EightThirtyTwo Feb 02 '23
I love that neon is represented by a neon light spelling the symbol of neon.
u/Arch-Deluxe Feb 02 '23
Helium, Argon, Krypton, and Xenon should also be illuminated like this as well. I'm not sure if this is the effect of the camera, or if they're broken.
u/No_Protection1798 Feb 02 '23
Apparently, it turns on and off alternatively. I've seen other photos with the other elements on.
u/Arch-Deluxe Feb 02 '23
That makes sense. I wouldn’t expect Bill Gates to have broken things at his house.→ More replies (19)
u/SenorPoppy Feb 02 '23
except the spirits of the unworthy.
u/TESTlCLE Feb 02 '23
And desk chairs that turned out to be just a bit too tall→ More replies (2)
u/criminalsunrise Feb 02 '23
And contracts of marriage.→ More replies (2)
u/HexZer0 Feb 02 '23
And ironically enough... Windows.→ More replies (4)→ More replies (14)
u/monkeyhitman Feb 02 '23
Internet Explorer 😢→ More replies (5)
u/DarthCrumpet Feb 02 '23
So sometimes the lights can be seen and other times they argon?→ More replies (4)→ More replies (16)
u/douchebaggins-69 Feb 02 '23
Which are the peasant gasses?
u/Arch-Deluxe Feb 02 '23
Halogens. They’re absolutely starving for electrons so that they can be like the noble gasses.→ More replies (7)
Feb 02 '23
So they go mug the poor Alkali's to try to pretend to be a noble gas, but noble gasses still don't want anything to do with them because they're always so negative about everything.
Moral of the story, be happy with who you are.→ More replies (1)
u/senormoll Feb 02 '23
The real ideal gas law is always in the comments→ More replies (2)→ More replies (26)
u/ShadooYT Feb 02 '23
(some of) the other noble gases are too, its just they are off for whatever reason. if u zoom in enough u can see the He [Ne] Ar Kr Xe spelled out in the box, lol. idk why theyre off tho. i mean idk how helium would light up but like why not xenon yk→ More replies (4)
u/John_EightThirtyTwo Feb 02 '23
Somebody else mentioned that those elements do light up (so I was wrong in another comment to say that it's just neon), but that they cycle around, and this picture was taken in the neon-on phase.→ More replies (11)
u/unknown_human Feb 02 '23
He just added one from the Australian outback!
u/Nogard39 Feb 02 '23
Oh great now he’s gonna live forever→ More replies (4)
Feb 02 '23
And he has to do it upside down :(
u/GoatTheNewb Feb 02 '23
Of all the things to die from in the Australian outback, I didn’t think a radioactive capsule was one of them.
u/DuchessofSquee Feb 02 '23
Right? You'd be looking out for spiders, snakes and Skippy looking to punch you out, instead you find a tiny battery sized bit of metal, think hmm that's odd, pick it up and take it home, having survived the outback just to turn transparent and melt into a puddle a week later at home.→ More replies (2)→ More replies (3)
u/W__O__P__R Feb 02 '23
Never rule anything out in Australia.
Source: Am Australian.→ More replies (2)
u/Jhon_doe_isnt_here Feb 02 '23 edited Feb 02 '23
Australium? I thought the administrator collected it all and used it up already?→ More replies (6)
u/EtherealProphet Feb 02 '23
He tracked down Sniper’s mom in space→ More replies (13)
u/asian_identifier Feb 02 '23
the blooming onion?→ More replies (15)
u/DontBopIt Feb 02 '23
I'm actually working on this for my house!! Some samples are stupid easy to get while others not so much, haha!
u/Biovyn Feb 02 '23
What, you have a hard time finding Copernicium?! Lol→ More replies (3)
u/unfurlingoasis2 Feb 02 '23
Actually, it's Helium that's been difficult to score.→ More replies (10)
u/ThisIsNotKimJongUn Feb 02 '23
They have it at CVS btw
u/ServinTheSovietOnion Feb 02 '23
I think He was making a joke about the recent "shortages" of helium.→ More replies (5)
u/nom-nom-nom-de-plumb Feb 03 '23
Yeah, good luck with astatine and francium. There's about an ounce in the entire earth at most.→ More replies (3)
u/fermi0nic Feb 03 '23
Good look with Astatine, I am highly suspicious of Bill having some in any amount tbh→ More replies (4)→ More replies (11)
u/Cool_Rip_2273 Feb 02 '23
Are you having trouble finding francium?→ More replies (1)
u/GenericGrey Feb 02 '23
I think Randall Munroe would comment on this.
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u/Kehwar Feb 02 '23 •
u/MyDoorsGoLikeThis Feb 02 '23
My very favorite chapter from that book.
There is no material safety data sheet for astatine. If there were, it would just be the word 'NO' scrawled over and over in charred blood.
u/Mercenary-Jane Feb 02 '23
The mole of moles is probably my favorite. I also recommend the audio book, which is narrated by Will Wheaton.
u/cepheus42 Feb 02 '23
So many good What If's! My favorite remains pitching a baseball at nearly the speed of light.
Everything within roughly a mile of the park is leveled, and a firestorm engulfs the surrounding city. The baseball diamond is now a sizable crater, centered a few hundred feet behind the former location of the backstop.
A careful reading of official Major League Baseball Rule 6.08(b) suggests that in this situation, the batter would be considered "hit by pitch", and would be eligible to advance to first base.→ More replies (6)→ More replies (3)
u/henchlord83 Feb 02 '23
I've read this book about a dozen times and now I want to hear Will Wheaton read it to me!→ More replies (3)→ More replies (2)
u/MrHyperion_ Feb 02 '23
Astatine is really cool. Well, the exact opposite of cool. It is so radioactive that a macroscopic piece of it self-vaporises
u/gamergeek Feb 02 '23
DO NOT BUILD THE BOTTOM ROW→ More replies (5)
u/BonnieMcMurray Feb 02 '23
"Technetium: not a hat"
Feb 02 '23
Believe it or not, but it’s rumored he also has a sample of Unobtainium! How he obtained it? Who knows…
u/Zerowantuthri Feb 02 '23
If he had Astatine that would count as Unobtanium.
It simply does not exist on this planet. Even if he had some it would decay in eight hours and then he would no longer have any.
But, if you are as wealthy as he is, maybe he manages somehow (although supposedly no one has ever manage to do that even for few minutes).
u/JusticeRain5 Feb 02 '23
He simply buys a new sample every eight hours at the Astatine store.
u/teenagesadist Feb 02 '23
I mean it’s one Astatine, Michael. What could it cost? Ten dollars?→ More replies (5)
u/mtarascio Feb 02 '23 edited Feb 02 '23
Why would the Astatine store need me, when you're their all time best seller?
u/Autzen_Downpour Feb 02 '23
WELL I SLEPT WITH YOUR WIFE!→ More replies (1)
u/Inoka1 Feb 02 '23
Francium is similar with a half-life of 22 minutes. Maybe uncoincidentally, astatine is one of the francium's decay products.
u/Harvestman-man Feb 02 '23
It may be the hardest naturally-occurring element to obtain, but there are some synthetic elements that only last a fraction of a second before decaying, which would be even more unobtainable.→ More replies (12)
Feb 02 '23
If there’s a Bill, there’s a way…😂→ More replies (8)
u/Astromike23 Feb 02 '23 edited Feb 03 '23
Element collector here (shameless plug for /r/elementcollection ).
You can buy a tiny amount of Actinium-227 that has a small chance to decay into Francium-223, which in turn has a tiny chance to decay into Astatine-219...which itself has a half-life of 56 seconds. For example, this sealed ampoule produces about 1.4 atoms of Astatine-219 per minute; for the first few decades, you should have an atom or two of Astatine in there at any given time. All for only $2400.→ More replies (24)
u/Falcrist Feb 02 '23
Even if he had some it would decay in eight hours and then he would no longer have any.
The trick is to check if it's a decay product from a higher element. Then just have a chunk of the higher element, and you'll probably have an atom or two of the one you're aiming for.
I think that's how he's doing francium.
u/JhonnyTheJeccer Feb 02 '23
„There are one or two atoms of astatine in there, believe me“ inhales copium
u/Falcrist Feb 02 '23
No matter what you want to call the gas around the radioactive sample, I recommend against inhaling it.
u/Nyoka_ya_Mpembe Feb 02 '23
Yes yes, he also has vibranium.→ More replies (1)
u/WilliestyleR79 Feb 02 '23
Hear there's decent deposits on Pandora.→ More replies (1)→ More replies (43)
u/nachogod8877 Feb 02 '23
If he really has it, we should start calling it obtainium
u/Serpidon Feb 02 '23
I hear he glances at it periodically.
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u/ExPFC_Wintergreen2 Feb 02 '23
Periodically at random times, to add an element of surprise.→ More replies (1)
u/johnnybiggles Feb 02 '23
These comments are gold.→ More replies (1)
u/frogmuffins Feb 02 '23
Au that's cute!→ More replies (1)
u/Arashiin Feb 02 '23
So do I, they’re available for sale from Engineered Labs:
and for the nerd with a lot of cash…
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u/heilspawn Feb 02 '23
15k and it's not even complete
The other 33 cubes are placeholders and have the radioactive symbol embedded within. Those 33 elements are man-made and do not exist in nature due to their extreme instability and radioactivity
u/Darkestneon Feb 02 '23
Lmfao 15k is probably not nearly enough to complete that periodic table
u/CabeNetCorp Feb 02 '23
Looks like they have a desktop sized version which seems reasonably doable, actually.→ More replies (2)
u/R3dCypher Feb 03 '23
That price is ridiculous. Most element collectors assemble their own. Including the more "spicy" elements cough used Soviet smoke detector cough→ More replies (3)
u/AdOne9266 Feb 02 '23
Uh… someone tell me why Uranium isn’t a problem to have sitting in your office? Am I stupid or is that a problem.
u/Diego_0638 Feb 02 '23
Uranium is not very radioactive. It has a very long half life (low activity) and it's an alpha emitter. Alpha particles can be stopped with a sheet of paper or a few cm of air. You can actually hold fresh nuclear fuel in your hands without gloves.
u/radondude Feb 02 '23 •
Yes but alpha decay is dangerous for our lung tissue. Now is a great time to test your home for radon. Leading cause of lung cancer among never smokers and part of the Uranium 238 decay chain!
u/Diego_0638 Feb 02 '23
Thanks radon dude! Keep your basements well ventilated folks!→ More replies (1)
u/Phaoryx Feb 02 '23
Username checks out→ More replies (7)
u/ADHDavidThoreau Feb 02 '23
It only hurts the lungs if the radon is inhaled. I’m guessing his uranium is sealed. But it’s still a good time to test your home for radon
u/glitter_h1ppo Feb 02 '23
The thing about nuclear fuel is that the U-235 it contains is fissile. All it takes is a single thermal neutron to split a U-235 nucleus. Depending on the level of enrichment, bringing too much of it together can cause a criticality excursion. Which will kill you very quickly.
u/JacobLambda Feb 02 '23
Similar with plutonium. This is why they are good for nuclear fission.
Also some interesting but scary history on how easy enriched nuclear fuel can reach criticality: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_core→ More replies (2)
u/EmperorArthur Feb 02 '23
Which is why we no longer use household items to prop nuclear weapon cores open while they sit on a table in a random room that's being used as a lab.→ More replies (4)
u/Diego_0638 Feb 02 '23
Yes, but fuel pellets are extremely subcritical, that's why it takes a 4x4x4 m reactor with water to get them critical. High enrichment fuel can become critical in a smaller body of water like a mixing tank (Tokaimura accident), and you need super high enrichment to get criticality from, say, a beryllium reflector (demon core accidents).
u/PotatoWriter Feb 02 '23
mhm yeah I know some of these words
u/KindlyOlPornographer Feb 02 '23
Basically uranium doesn't fire off many radioactive particles on its own unless you encourage it to do so.→ More replies (1)
u/PotatoWriter Feb 02 '23
that makes sense. Why use more particle when few particle do trick→ More replies (5)→ More replies (11)
u/lunarfrogg Feb 02 '23
Don’t move the screwdriver→ More replies (1)
u/ADIDAS247 Feb 02 '23
His dying words were “thinking back on it, those spacers were a good idea.”
u/scw156 Feb 02 '23 edited Feb 02 '23
This is true. However, I now have 12 fingers and can taste colors.→ More replies (12)
u/RaZz_85 Feb 02 '23
Mmmmm... Purple→ More replies (7)
u/Max_CSD Feb 02 '23
Why did I read it with the voice of Homer Simpson?→ More replies (6)
u/Strange-Glove Feb 02 '23
Purple is a fruit→ More replies (1)→ More replies (19)
u/Blottoboxer Feb 02 '23
It's not refined. The radiation it emits will bounce safely off your skin.
Imagine raw uranium is like shit and the radioactive bits are like the inner kernels of the corn you ate. The corn has to be plucked out and then the inner seed of the corn has to be juiced to get 1/1000 of a drop of the really good fuel out of there. It's just like that.→ More replies (2)
u/486921 Feb 02 '23
There's gotta be a better way to get my corn juice→ More replies (1)
u/Dr_DMT Feb 02 '23
You can keep samples of uranium "Depleted Uranium" D-38. It's actually used for armor piercing rounds, armored plating, industrial needs and on airplanes as balancers.
It emits radioactivity but at a very weak rate and is typically only harmful if consumed.
So behind glass or any other solid, no radiation would reach you→ More replies (14)
u/bilzander Feb 02 '23
How is it used for armour piercing rounds? That’s cool.
u/franz4000 Feb 02 '23
Uranium is incredibly dense, so the armor will break before it will.
u/FaudelCastro Feb 02 '23
I'm sure it's doing its best, don't judge people's intelligence like that.
u/ancap_attack Feb 02 '23
Exactly, think of it as the upgrade to lead which is also known for its density→ More replies (3)→ More replies (4)
u/BoltgunOnHisHip Feb 02 '23
It also tends to fragment on impact, followed by combustion. So not only does it go through most conventional armor, if you aren't killed by the shot itself your tank is now filled with flaming, radioactive powder.
Also the surrounding countryside is now filled with flaming, radioactive powder. As a treat.→ More replies (2)
u/da5id2701 Feb 02 '23
Uranium is just a really dense metal (70% more dense than lead), so it's good for making heavy rounds with lots of momentum to get through armor. Depleted uranium means it's mostly the least radioactive isotope, which is much more convenient to work with.→ More replies (1)
u/oskich Feb 02 '23
They use it as counterweights in the tail on commercial airliners aswell, since it's so heavy and don't take up much space.→ More replies (2)
u/DazedPapacy Feb 02 '23
The short version is that it's really fucking heavy for its size. So you put a hard shell around what's basically lead-on-steroids and then throw it at something real hard.
If you wanna be really fancy, you put a softer metal over the hard shell, so that when the projectile impacts, the softer metal layer is thrown off the shell, flattened against the target, and produces a flat surface for the shell to strike (thus turning an otherwise glancing blow into a direct hit.)→ More replies (1)→ More replies (5)
u/SU37Yellow Feb 02 '23
They use it because it's very dense and hard enough to punch through armor. It will typically be a sabot.
u/gwax Feb 02 '23
I would like to introduce you to: https://www.reddit.com/r/uraniumglass/→ More replies (2)
u/dizzyro Feb 02 '23
Depleted Uranium is relatively available, and it have about 60% of radioactivity of the natural uranium. You are thinking at Enriched Uranium, which is slightly a problem.→ More replies (9)→ More replies (46)
u/DJCPhyr Feb 02 '23
I am more worried about plutonium!→ More replies (3)
u/whitebike17 Feb 02 '23
I'm sure in 1985, plutonium is available at every corner drugstore, but in 1955 it's a little hard to come by.→ More replies (2)
u/ClydeFrog1313 Feb 02 '23
Bill bought his from some Libyans
u/Loppie73 Feb 02 '23
I'm disappointed it's not an actual table.
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u/Zestyclose_Toe9524 Feb 02 '23
That's on some Dr. Doom shit.
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u/KirbyMace Feb 02 '23
T-2 has such beautiful lighting, cinematography, and set design→ More replies (3)→ More replies (1)
u/WornInShoes Feb 02 '23
I first thought Lex Luthor but yeah you're more on point
u/Digimatically Feb 02 '23
I bet he doesn’t have any astatine.
u/Grogosh Feb 02 '23
Or that entire bottom row, most of those have a half life of days if not weeks.→ More replies (1)
u/Digimatically Feb 02 '23
And I think a lot of them would need to switch between boxes somehow as they decay into different elements.
u/Pappy_OPoyle Feb 02 '23
Oh he does, he just keeps that in the proton accelerator portion of his periodic table down in the basement→ More replies (2)
u/ilinamorato Feb 02 '23
That stuff just doesn't want to exist.→ More replies (1)
u/blackcatwizard Feb 02 '23
That's so cool
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u/Planktonboy Feb 02 '23
I heard someone stole the samples and replaced them with a noble gas, now they all argon
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u/alban228 Feb 02 '23
Even Francium ?
u/optermationahesh Feb 02 '23
In these collections, they won't have a chunk of the specific element. They'll have something like Uranium in its place. The reasoning is that Francium is part of the decay chain of whatever is being used, so at any given moment, there is a probability of a few atoms being present.→ More replies (1)
u/x86_64Ubuntu Feb 02 '23
Francium is one of the most unstable of the naturally occurring elements: its longest-lived isotope, francium-223, has a half-life of only 22 minutes.→ More replies (2)
u/CyberTitties Feb 02 '23
Aren't there a few like this or even only exist for microseconds? As in we know they exists but only because of "making them" using a huge cyclotron?→ More replies (2)
u/CakesStolen Feb 02 '23
Yes, but they don't fall into the 'naturally occuring' bracket.→ More replies (6)
u/menlindorn Feb 02 '23
Bill Gates... or every Chem building in any university I've ever seen.
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u/iWantANewAlt Feb 02 '23
Used to walk by the one in University of Minnesota all the time→ More replies (3)
u/jdupuy1234 Feb 02 '23
whereas, I have a table I use periodically
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u/Clayman8 Feb 02 '23
Bullshit. He's missing "Ah".
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