Or … I could entitle this post «Just shoot me!»
Last night we watched — halfheartedly — some crime show on TV, where they mentioned Marie and Pierre Curie. You know … they who discovered radium [88 Ra] and got the Nobel Prize. From there, my thoughts took me to the periodic table and number 96: Curium. I just remembered it and wondered why it was named that, went online and found that it was named Curium to honour Marie and Pierre Curie.
Now, since I had the periodic table up and in front of me, I started looking at them all, to see how many I remembered and all the ones I’d never heard about. Here’s the real far-fetched part and why I should be shot at dawn LOL.
#19 is K for Potassium. K?! Why K? I read more about Potassium, that seems to be such an important element in our lives. Too little potassium would make you really ill, and too much potassium would definitely kill you. Found out that the K stands for Kalium [Latin]. From there, my thoughts wandered off to all the potash railway cars I see here in Saint John every day. There’s a potash mine near Sussex, here in New Brunswick and they ship it out of Saint John, so there’s always a lineup of railway cars … they’re conspicuous because they’re all orange coloured.
I have only taken one picture of those, and now I wanted to find it. Went in to my trusty Flickr, and searched for potash. Only found two pictures and they were of some derailment … not at all the one I was looking for. Wasted more than an hour — closer to two — searching for this meaningless photo, growing more and more mad at myself for not tagging it properly. I had no idea when I took it either, so that was no help.
Was thinking «What the eff is wrong with me?! All these years of taking pictures, and STILL I leave photos untagged?!» I’ve been through this so many times before.
Eventually, I did find it in a Picasa album and it turned out that this particular batch had not been uploaded to Flickr … very unusual, but it WAS tagged ‘potash’ after all. Here it is! 🙂
From the periodic table to a potash train in Saint John … that’s how I spent the better part of this morning. LOL