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What is the craziest element in the periodic table?

Well, you have your usual culprits:

  • Caesium (element 55)
    • Explodes in contact with water, in a much more dramatic fashion than its other alkali-metal brethren.
  • Francium (element 87)
    • A more reactive version of Caesium that’s also radioactive!
    • We can only synthesise tiny amounts of it, though
  • Fluorine (element 9)
    • Evilly reactive gas. Don’t get on the wrong side of fluorine — it will mess you up.
  • Carbon (element 6)
    • The fact that it is the basis of all life on Earth is pretty darn crazy.
    • Then you’ve got the really cool allotropes like graphite, diamond and graphene
  • Osmium (element 76)
    • The densest naturally occurring element
  • Curium (element 96)
    • Glows purple in the dark (SO COOL)
    • Also has some interesting magnetic properties
    • Did I mention it glows in the dark?
  • Thallium (element 81)
    • Badass poison — it even beats arsenic into this list
  • Mercury
    • Liquid metal at room temperature? Yes please!

For some people “hydrogen” is crazy — but hydrogen is, like, 75% of the observable universe. That’s not crazy. Hydrogen is normal.


However, I’d like to give a shoutout to Gallium (element 31).

A non-transition metal in the p-block. Sounds pretty boring, right?

Well, it actually has some really interesting properties when applied to solid state physics, as a dopant in semiconductors, and so on (Gallium Arsenide also holds the distinction of being involved in the most accurate experiment I have ever performed!)

However — I like it because of a prank!

You see, gallium has a really low melting point.

At room temperature, it’s just about solid — but human body temperature is enough to melt it:

And it melts in your hands!

This forms the basis of a famous prank (and the name of a rather excellent book by Sam Kean)

You can make a spoon with the head made out of gallium — and when you use it to stir your tea — it vanishes!

See — scientists do have a sense of humour!


This information was taken from Quora. Click here to view the original post.

Which chemical element do you find the "craziest"?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
26 Comments
Yvonne Patterson
Who would have thought that I would be chuckling at some of the elements. Well done, author.
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Sep 22, 2021 4:38PM
Susan Golebiewski
Ohh my!!
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Nov 30, 2019 9:10PM
David Denney
Holy melting spoon, Batman!
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Aug 20, 2019 5:39PM
Alireza Mohtashami
Great info
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Jul 10, 2019 6:47AM
Michael Johnston
Good to see someone excited about elements
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Jun 21, 2019 7:38AM
Eileen Dunn
That was a fun read.Gallium is my favourite.
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May 27, 2019 1:00AM
Chriss Crockford
Well I never!
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May 9, 2019 11:06AM
Cheryl McMeekin
Very Interesting!!!
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Apr 15, 2019 11:21AM
Linalinda Eichin
Good to know
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Apr 10, 2019 8:10PM
Christopher Neal Wigley
My father majored in Chemistry for his Undergraduate degree. Thank you for a memory of him that I will long treasure.
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Mar 25, 2019 4:52PM
hector tubens
Great information
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Mar 21, 2019 5:03PM
Alan Pearlman
I thought pandemonium was the craziest element.
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Feb 14, 2019 5:23PM
Sandra Mcnamara
I liked the melting spoon 👍
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Jan 30, 2019 3:35AM
Marian Spitzig
Very interesting and fun!
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Jan 27, 2019 5:12PM
Douglas Oaten
So cool!
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Dec 31, 2018 5:07AM

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