Denied! Lemmy Snubbed in Naming of Heavy Metal Element


Early this year, we posted about a petition circling around regarding four new heavy metal elements being introduced to the period table. The petition requested that one of these elements be named Lemmium, after fallen rock god Lemmy Kilmister.

But though said petition got 156,400 signatures, the scientific community dropped the ball. According to IFLS, our four new elements have been named, and none of them even slightly reference Motörhead.

Listen to this bullshit:

As is tradition with new elements, the discoverers get to pick the name. Nihonium, discovered at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator Science, refers to the Japanese name for Japan, Nihon. Moscovium refers to Moscow, where it was found at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna.

Tennessine refers to the US State of Tennessee, the location of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University where it was found. Last but not least is Oganesson, which refers to nuclear physicist Yuri Oganessian, who led the research for this element and others.

Moscow? Tennessee?! Are you fucking kidding me? Don’t get me wrong, I would never cast shade on Yuri “The Armenian Love Machine” Oganessian–hat dude discovered the heaviest elements in the table, he is raw as shit. But one would think there’d be some room for Lemmy on that list! I mean, what the fuck has Japan done for us lately, other than given us the most talked-about cultural phenomenon that metal has seen in decades?

Well, scientific community, you’ve disappointed us in the utmost. Lemmy was the man, and you could have shown your allegiance to him. Instead, you made it all about important moments in history and whatnot.

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[via the dorks at Metal Injection]

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