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Happy National Chemistry Week!

Chemistry--It's Elemental.

("Periodic Etchings" is one of my favorite 118 part projects.)

Recap: 3, 36, 50, and 90

So, Tin is pretty great, you could go learn all about it.  I had totally blanked on its crystal structure, which actually looks a little like the fake fractal I had posted LAST national chemistry week.   I find it bizarre when things work out that way (i.e., not obviously seasonal things recurring annually like my secret robot day), however, I guess I could have also thought it looked sort of like an expansion on adamantane, which was played with some time in the meantime.


If you're still anxious to do more reading, you could learn more about Nick Chopper, the Tin Man.  I've been in enough productions of TWoO to know that his rusting is a key plot point, although tin oxidation isn't like iron oxidation in as much as it's not corrosive rusting like iron!  In fact, tin coatings are used to resist rusting--although tin-plating has been mostly replaced with galvanizing.  Baum apologists claim that the tin-man is just MOSTLY tin, and has iron joints.  This doesn't actually bother me, but it'll teach you: do your research.  


The original makeup used to play the tin-man (aluminum dust) is essentially the same stuff that is inside an etch-a-sketch.  After an unfortunate reaction, they switched to grease paint and aluminum paste. And a different actor.  Wacky times. 


There are so many directions this could go, but the passage of time has been swift enough that my delightful anecdote about getting a black eye as the mayor of the munchkin city is going to have to wait for another time.  It takes a lot to drag me away, but there are things that must be done.