Itaguaí, Brazil

Cidade Albanoel

An abandoned Santa park is as far as this proposed theme park kingdom got towards completion
27 Nov 2015


This fantastical waterfall is hidden in a cave located in a cracked cliff
26 Nov 2015
Wellington, New Zealand

Mrs. Chippy Monument

A bronze kitty adorns the grave of the polar explorer who brought the original feline to the antarctic
26 Nov 2015
Fethiye, Turkey

Lycian Rock Tombs

These tombs were built into the side of a mountain so that ancient angels could reach the dead
26 Nov 2015
Cody, Wyoming

Smith Mansion

One man's ambition created this psychedelic log home
26 Nov 2015
Saint-Pierre-Colamine, France

Jonas Caves

A cave dwelling that was started by the Celts, expanded by monks, and finished by knights
26 Nov 2015

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FOUND: A Silly Joke Stinking Up the Periodic Table of Elements

by Sarah Laskow / 27 Nov 2015


Plutonium (Photo: Department of Energy/Wikimedia)

After World War II ended, chemist and Manhattan Project member Glenn Seaborg finally got to add Plutonium, the element he had discovered during the war, to the periodic table.

As Robert Krulwich recounts at National Geographic, Seaborg also chose the short-hand symbol for plutonium: Pu.

There's something strange about that decision. A more obvious choice would have been to have Pl as the element's symbol. But, as Seaborg's son told Krulwich, "'he just thought it would be fun' to treat this element as if it were stinky." So, he chose P and U, as in: Pee-yew, that stinks!

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