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Not What You Think

Eric Alterman proves science types have a sense of humor with Bushcronium. It is funnier if you have a familiarity with particle physics, but it stands up if you just read it through.


1 andante { 10.23.06 at 7:52 pm }

Particle physics is totally beyond my brain, but things like “morons” I can certainly understand! What a hoot….thanks for the link!

2 Bryan { 10.23.06 at 9:32 pm }

It’s a nice job. It starts out like a standard science article, and, in fact, element 118 was just created. It reads like the article on 118 – passed through Alice’s mirror.

3 Steve Bates { 10.23.06 at 10:16 pm }


One of my best friends is Steven Weinberg’s son-in-law (not that I know Weinberg; I’ve merely met him). I’ll have to pass this one on to him through my friend.

4 Bryan { 10.23.06 at 10:35 pm }

It is a nice piece of snark.

5 Jim { 10.24.06 at 11:06 pm }

The description of Bushcronium is good!

It is a variant of something that came out when I was doing time as a grad student in physics: The announcement of the discovery of the element “Administratium”, including the observation that administratium “impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact”.

6 Bryan { 10.24.06 at 11:52 pm }

Thanks for the tip, Jim. I’ve posted it to give credit where it’s due.

7 Why Now? » Blog Archive » Updates { 10.26.06 at 9:29 pm }

[…] Jim in comments has located the original for Bushcronium: Administratium. […]