Periodic Parties

Idea for cel­e­brat­ing the birth­days of sci­ence lovers: For every birth­day, cel­e­brate in a man­ner which coin­cides with the match­ing ele­ment on the peri­od­ic table. Turn­ing 10? Break out the neon and par­ty like it’s the 80s/90s. Sev­en­teen coin­cides with chlo­rine, so hit the pool! At 28, rit­u­al­ly burn in effi­gy any Nick­el­back mer­chan­dise you can lay hands on. Thir­ty-six, nat­u­ral­ly, requires a Super­man themed par­ty. In a few weeks, I’m turn­ing thir­ty-three; arsenic coin­cides with that, so I’m either to poi­son my ene­mies (gonna have to find some ene­mies first, I sup­pose) or relax with a sal­ad and some apple juice (both nat­ur­al sources of arsenic) while watch­ing Arsenic and Old Lace. We’ll see.

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Rick Beckman