155 Reopened: Rhenium

Today is Day 2 on the mountain, and obviously, I still do not have access to a computer, or the Internet, so this is actually another pre-written post. Today, would also be the day I reach the top of the mountain, and I hope by the time this post is published, I would have already done that and on the way down from the mountain, and out of the Kinabalu National Park. I would also be in great pain, from the muscle strain and the exertion, and definitely in no shape to blog, so here's yet another reason to believe that this post was written beforehand...

This post is about a Youtube video I stumbled upon a while back, and which inspired me to buy the Photographic Periodic Table. The song is titled "The Elements", written and sung by Tom Lehrer, a Harvard professor and a great composer. The song contains all the elements known at the time the song was performed, and let me tell you, it's quite interesting to try to memorise and sing. I gave up after a few attempts, because

  1. I'm a lousy singer
  2. There are over a 100 elements in the song, it will take quite some time
  3. I'm not that bored
  4. There's no one to sing it to, and nobody's going to be impressed

Here's the song, followed by the lyrics...

The lyrics

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 and 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 phosphorus and francium and fluorine and terbium, And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium, Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium. And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, plutonium, Palladium, 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 Havard, And there may be many others, but they haven't been discavard.