The IUPAC announced Friday that the recently discovered 112th element of the periodic table will be named after the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. It is the second element (Curium) to be named after a son or daughter of Poland. If we can get them to name the next one after former White Sox DH Greg Luzinski the troika of legendary Polacks will be complete.

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9 Responses to “NPF: POLACKS RISING”

  1. Dillon Says:

    I think you are overlooking Ivan Putzki.

  2. MO Andrew Says:


  3. Desargues Says:

    A few more artificial elements down the road and they'll have to name one Ulamium. Then they'll be closer to catching up with the Germans.

  4. Crazy for Urban Planning Says:

    That is great Ed. I haven't been to Poland, but I've been to the southern parts of Eastern Europe and I love it.

  5. Daniel Says:

    How about A.J. Pierzynski?

  6. Jimcat Says:

    You misspelled "Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski".

  7. Jacquie Says:

    I know it's not technically named for a "son or daughter of Poland," but what of Polonium?

  8. baldheadeddork Says:

    Okay, I need to take a break from politics. I saw IUPAC and the only thing I could think of is IU's lobbyist.

  9. Alan Says:

    What about Chopinium, after Frederic Chopin? I do like the idea of Yastrzemskium, though.