The pieces everything is made of by AllenJ

Champion(s):

WangA
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Runner(s)-Up:

ChernicoffS
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Quiz Description

I'm reading Randall Munro's "Thing Explainer," in which the guy responsible for xkcd and the "What If" blog explains stuff with sometimes easy-to-understand language and diagrams. A very entertaining skim-through. Here are some of his entries from the Periodic Table. Which element is he describing? Look ma, I can make a science quiz! (No you can't!) Who said that?

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Questions:

Burning white rocks.

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Phosphorus

Air in bright signs made from colored light.

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Neon

Metal put on food cans to keep water from making holes in them.

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Tin

Stuff you drink so doctors can look inside your body.

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Barium

The grey metal at the center of the earth.

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Nickel

Rock that makes glass blue.

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Cobalt

Stuff named after a little world named after a god of food kids eat in the morning.

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Cerium

The rock most well known for killing you if you eat it.

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Arsenic

Metal laid down in a thin layer when a space rock hit Earth.

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Iridium

Metal named for a man who helped build the first heavy metal power building.

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Fermium

The hard metal in the little ball at the end of a writing stick.

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Osmium

I'm sure this is a nice town, but come on.
(Ok, this is only the description for one element in the book, but I'll give you credit if you can name two for which this description fits.)

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Ytterbium, Erbium, Yttrium, Terbium