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Exploding Elements Quiz
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Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:59 GMT
Such great fake options! The last two (I don't want to say which ones) were the hardest because I'm not used to those spellings, and I was afraid they were tricks. So glad they weren't!
Apr 17th, 2012 at 04:05 GMT
Apr 17th, 2012 at 04:24 GMT
@rockgolf You should remove 113-118 for two reasons. Those aren't official names and there are an infinite number of them. They are just placeholder elements until they are approved and several of those elements have not been confirmed as existing by a second group yet. Also, 114 and 116 will mostly likely be approved as FLEROVIUM and LIVERMORIUM in May when IUPAC meets again, so those elements nearly have official names and ununquadium and ununhexium are weeks away from replacement as temporary placeholders.
Apr 17th, 2012 at 04:49 GMT
Appropriately, I had to look through a second time to find "Tantalum".
Apr 17th, 2012 at 05:02 GMT
Very nice list of decoys, rockgolf. You got me Kryptonite!
Apr 17th, 2012 at 05:11 GMT
Steel could be another potential decoy, I was surprised it wasn't there!
Apr 17th, 2012 at 11:18 GMT
@Sprout: Thanks for the advise. Taken. You sure those new names aren't decoys?
@Freaky: Good thought. Added.
Apr 17th, 2012 at 20:25 GMT
Haha, love the Kyrgyzstanium, :P Good Work!
Apr 17th, 2012 at 20:38 GMT
The IUPAC need to take a look at this quiz to come up with some pretty cool names for new elements!
Apr 18th, 2012 at 12:19 GMT
Love the fakes! I got nailed by one too as my brain started to suffer from -ium fatigue.
Apr 24th, 2012 at 11:57 GMT
Anyone else singing Tom Lehrer?
Apr 24th, 2012 at 13:34 GMT
I did the quiz, got 111 right, then sat there for 3 minutes looking over all of the dubious alternatives thinking "one of these goofy names is actually an element", then guessing one. It took 4 times through getting 111 to remember Germanium was, of course, an element (what makes Germany so special and Kyrgyzstan not!!?!!). What's really frustrating about this format is that it doesn't reveal the one you've missed.
Apr 24th, 2012 at 20:57 GMT
Great decoys. I love the idea of having elements named Belgium and Leon.
Apr 25th, 2012 at 03:32 GMT
Love the Tom Lehrer references throughout the comments and description. Stay classy, America.
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Apr 25th, 2012 at 23:46 GMT
one typo: you wrote aluminium instead of aluminum... so it kind of threw me off when i had one left
Apr 26th, 2012 at 00:34 GMT
I know geranium is a real word, but it's close enough to a real element to be almost as mean as a misspelling. Other than that, the decoys are great. I particularly like Adnauseum.
Apr 26th, 2012 at 13:15 GMT
@Rachelkachel: I get where you're coming from. Geranium was a late edition because, frankly, I thought Ger
ium was also the name of the flower. I've intentionally added different levels of fake-element obviousness. I doubt people will be fooled by Chemical X or Sporclium, but those are intended to instill a false level of confidence. I wanted to make you have to second-guess a lot of the ones that end in -ium.
If it's any consolation, I've taken this quiz myself 12 times and only been able to get 100% once.
Apr 26th, 2012 at 13:18 GMT
Programming note: When Sporcle has over 270,000 games there are bound to be times when different people come up with the same idea at nearly the same time. This is a Science category, so I hope I can refer to Newton and Leibniz without too much headscratching. So it is with this quiz.
About a week after my quiz was released, @D00M_Mouse came up with a similar idea. At that point, my quiz wasn't seen on the Contributed Games, and I'm not sure what tags D00M could have used to check that this quiz wasn't a duplicate - I completely believe it was a case of independent invention - that quiz had several fake elements I wish I'd thought of.
Anyway, we corresponded on the matter and end result is that I've borrowed three of his fake elements and he's (I'm assuming D00M-Mouse is male) is borrowing three of mine. Hopefully, it will make both quizzes just a tad more entertaining.
Apr 27th, 2012 at 15:18 GMT
Ok, I'm going crazy. Someone please help me out. I got 111 and can't figure out which is the remaining one. I even went and took the Periodic Table quiz to try and cross reference which one I'm overlooking. Haven't figured it out. I will list the ones remaining. If someone could please fill me in on which one it is. PLEASE for the love of God and all things that are Holy, let me know. Bronze Caesium Kyrgyzstanium Kryptonite Geranium Surgeon Darwinium Millenium Amazonium Liberium Gymnasium Canadium Pentium Adamantium (funny) Saturnium Planetarium Flubber Adnausium Quintessance Brass Tedium Moron Sporcilium Stadium Cranium Medium Pewter Vibranium Chemical X Leon Quinine Calgonite Appenine Steel Carbonite Bacterium Feldspar Byzantium Podium Solarium Opium A little help please? Paramecium Dilithium Moratorium Valium Belgium Ultamatium Tritium Honorarium Austrium Alimony
Apr 27th, 2012 at 17:33 GMT
Caesium. It's an alternate spelling of cesium.
Apr 27th, 2012 at 20:48 GMT
Ah! Had realized that was not the conventional spelling - Google confirms the cesium spelling is about 3 times more popular. I'll fix that.
Apr 29th, 2012 at 05:05 GMT
One more thing I just noticed - I presume you mean Dilithium, but you've spelled it DiTlithium.
Apr 30th, 2012 at 03:26 GMT
Great fake names.
Apr 30th, 2012 at 13:15 GMT
Thank you Rachel.
May 3rd, 2012 at 01:01 GMT
5/5 just for the fake names. Alimony!
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May 7th, 2012 at 03:08 GMT
@amishmine, rockgolf I'm having the same problem, where I was told I had 111/112 when none of the remaining answers were elements. Once the quiz ended, none of the remaining answers (the wrong ones) was highlighted in red to indicate which one I missed. Is this an error in the input/coding of the quiz or a general glitch with the game/format? If it is the latter, I recommend that someone let the Admin know (I haven't yet because I don't know what the problem is exactly, or if it is their problem). On an unrelated note, "aluminum" is an incorrect, American spelling of the element "aluminium". A quick Wikipedia search should confirm this, as aluminum redirects to the page called aluminium. That did throw me for a minute or two, wondering whether that was a very clever incorrect answer or a typo.
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May 7th, 2012 at 06:02 GMT
Great quiz, although i got stumped at the end because you ended up misspelling "ALUMINIUM". You had 'ALUMINUM'
May 7th, 2012 at 15:53 GMT
@Ahamilton, @R4bz: "Aluminum" is the North American spelling of the element called "Aluminium" in the UK. Since North Americans are about 85% of players, that's the spelling I'm using. (Note: There's a similar variation in spelling with Cesium/Caesium.)
May 7th, 2012 at 15:55 GMT
Also, the lack of displayed answers is not a bug. It's automatic when the quiz is set up with "wrong answers finish the game".
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May 7th, 2012 at 16:18 GMT
Aluminum should actually be aluminium, as aluminum is just an american miss-spelling as a result of a company's bad advertisement.
May 8th, 2012 at 14:08 GMT
@Ahamilton: Not the case. In fact, the discoverer of the element variously named it alumium, aluminum, and aluminium (which sounds like the name of a K-Pop band). American dictionaries listed aluminum as early as 1828 and the spelling of choice for American chemists since the 19th century.
May 9th, 2012 at 18:31 GMT
@ahamilton: I think you're referring to an "Urban legend" that ALCOA noted a typographical error (aluminum instead of aluminium) in a corporate document and, instead of fixing it, spent a lot of money "lobbying" that aluminum be the correct spelling. This story sounds a bit preposterous to me and I believe it has been debunked, such as on sites like snopes.com.
May 10th, 2012 at 00:34 GMT
Wait... You're saying Kyrgyzstanium ISN'T an element? NOOOOOOOOO!
May 11th, 2012 at 08:08 GMT
I was going along thinking I was being nice and cautious, and then I clicked on adamantium. Oh, right, that's Wolverine's skeleton. Facepalm...
May 12th, 2012 at 01:36 GMT
Chem grad student and got all of them, whoohoo!
May 13th, 2012 at 03:43 GMT
There SO needs to be an element called Darwinium. That would be a great honor for the Father of Modern Evolution, Charles Darwin. You know they just did the same for Copernicus, right?
May 15th, 2012 at 00:14 GMT
The irony of Copernicium is that it's named after a guy named for two other elements: Copper and Nickel. (His father was a copper merchant and at the time copper and nickel were not easily separated.)
May 15th, 2012 at 23:17 GMT
sporclium :) Funny
May 17th, 2012 at 22:06 GMT
It's really, really good with awesome fake options. Still, a bit hard for non english speakers (as pretty much any science related quiz here - gotta expand my vocabulary). Faved^^
May 27th, 2012 at 23:07 GMT
Some great fake answers :) Surely there must be an ore deposit somewhere in the depths of the Tian Shan which will reveal a hitherto unknown element, thus providing the perfect excuse to call it kyrgyzstanium...
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