Chandri MacLeod (chandri) wrote,
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Forwarded to me by my dad:

Subject: GOVERNMENTIUM DISCOVERED


GOVERNMENTIUM

A major research institution (MRI) has recently announced the discovery of
the heaviest chemical element yet known to science.
The new element has been tentatively named "Governmentium". Governmentium
has 1 neutron,12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 11 assistant
deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are
surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
Since governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be
detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A
minute amount of governmentium causes one reaction to take over 4 days to
complete when it would normally take less than a second.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 3 years; it does not decay, but
instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant
neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, governmentium's
mass
will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause
some
morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.
This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to speculate
that governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in
concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as "Critical
Morass". You will know it when you see it.
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