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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Elementary, my dear Lehrer

Via the sidebar on Youtube while watching the Master Singers clip (see previous post), I found this animation of Tom Lehrer's "The Elements". This is a list of the periodic table (OK, OK, the first 102 elements thereof....pedants....) set to Sir Arthur Sullivan's music for "A Modern Major-General" from The Pirates of Penzance. The song itself is great fun (and do watch the other Lehrer clips on there, especially if he's new to you) but the animation makes it even funnier. You may need to slow it down or pause it (having made a note of the order the elements are presented in) to appreciate all the jokes.

Having done just that, I think the funniest are Silver and Scandium, though Iridium is rather cool and I liked Potassium.

For some reason when I first listened to the clip I thought I heard "Chromium" twice, but when I checked one of them was "Bromine".


At 01 October, 2008 16:48, Blogger Persephone said...

Any excuse to listen to Tom Lehrer! This person must have spent hours getting this together! A very gifted maker of Doctor Who fanvids at YouTube sent me a very clever video she'd made for her sister (by way of a thank-you for some help I'd given her). It features the Doctor's severed hand and one of my very favourite Tom Lehrer songs. I'd share it, but I think it's meant to be private.

At 03 October, 2008 16:57, Blogger Rob said...

I'm very fond of that song too, though my favourite has to be "The Masochism Tango".

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