Periodic Table of the Elephants: the results, part 1
The Meaning of Liff Judge's Prize
I'm pleased to announce that the winner is "Helena Handcart", for this entry:
Rutherfordium: feeling of panic when faced with a decision which is of no importance but which nonetheless has to be made, for example which parking space to use in a completely empty car park. The decision itself is known as the rutherford.
I can't exactly say why I picked this one, it just pleased me when I read it. I may start confusing my friends and colleagues by using it in everyday conversation. So I'll pop a lovely CERN postcard is whisking its way to "Helena". I hope not to be overcome with rutherfordium when choosing the card in the giftshop.
There were several answers which also left me tickled with the unique joy which comes from being playful with language.
- Samarium: The pleasurable way that gold dust trickles from the hand. by Sean Ellis (In fact, Sean had several very good entries)
- Argon: an annoying little thread spotted on hems and seams of clothes that unravel within seconds of being observed. by "flammableflower"
- Molybdenum: pretty, shiny, confetti like sequins found in small plastic envelopes in children's crafting kits. Completely resistant to any known glue, and thus utterly useless for crafting activities. by "legion"
- Einsteinium: those spots you see after rubbing your eyes. eg. "wow, Einsteinium Maximum in my eyes right now!" by Craig McInnes
But that's not all!
The People's Choice Award, sponsored by the Uxbridge English Dictionary
There were many answers which were pun-based just like the Uxbridge English Dictionary, another fun language game. I can't quite pick between them, however. So I've decided to open it up to a popular vote.
The candidates are:
- Dysprosium: An ability most sublime / to be able to write naught but rhyme. / It's quite cute at first / but it soon becomes worse / when you have to do it all the time. by Sean Ellis
- Meitnerium: That tingling sensation that occurs during courtship when you are sitting a bit closer to someone than you dared before. by Ivan
- Cadmium: (colloq.) “Produce an image of them on the computer for me.” by Lilliants
- Quecksilber: the Lone Ranger's fast German horse. by Ernesto
Instead of voting by comment, head over to the SciLogs.com page on Facebook to enter the poll there. The deadline is lunchtime on Thursday, 11 July 2013. The winner will also get a postcard from CERN.
Over to you:
- Do you have any examples of rutherfordium?
- Go vote!
- Which of the other entries did you also like?