periodic elements

In college, I started making lists of words that can be made out of the periodic element symbols.

In the summer of 2012, I made 60 world flags out of common American condiments.

I have recently realized that 6 countries fall under both lists. It doesn’t mean anything, other than that if you make enough strange projects, you’ll come up with fun but meaningless coincidences. If you’re from Benin, China, Cyprus, Iran, Monaco, or Poland, I hope this makes you a little happy.

Without further explanation or justification, here are the 6 countries whose names can be expressed through chemical symbols, and whose flags can be expressed through common American condiments.

BeNiN benin1


CHINa china1 [and then suddenly…]


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May 25, 2010

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Once upon a time I fell deeply in love with the periodic elements, the table, Dmitri Mendeleev, the symbols, everything. I have several other side projects that involve the elements, but this little one comes from the fact that I once sat in a classroom to the right of center so that I was right in front of a poster of the elements, not the teacher. It made me remember that years before I had tried to make as many dirty words as I could out of the periodic symbols. Anyway, at one point I had a philosophy class in this clasroom and I spelled FEuErBaCH, which looks impressive. (Ludwig Feuerbach was a German philosopher).

Recently I started collecting this list of words that can be spelled with the element symbols on wordnik under the tag “periodic symbol words.”

[and then suddenly…]


May 7, 2010

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