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What is the best Metal for Metal?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by t77mackie, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    First thought - Iron. The mighty Iron Maiden know what it's all about. Strong and sturdy. However iron is rather heavy and metalheads aren't generally known for their muscular physique. Also, iron has a propensity for rusting in the presence of oxygen and we all know - it's better to burn out than to fade away.

    Steel - Add a few things to iron and you've got the material that changed the world. Hard yet flexible and able to hold a keen edge steel seems like a good contender. Priest may have been hellbent for leather but they were all about the British Steel. Strangely, though, the authors of British Steel came before Iron Maiden and for that weird historical anachronism alone I vote it down.

    Titanium - Extremely strong and light and able to withstand very high temperatures titanium seems a shoo-in. However the mainstay of this wonder material comes from the former Soviet Union and we all know that no good metal comes from there. Gorky Park anyone?

    My vote - Sodium. Yes, sodium. It is essential for life and combines readily with the poisonous gas chlorine to make salt. This little known metal is silver in color (ooooh, shiny) and it is soft - which should appeal to the broadest possible audience. Also it spontaneously combusts in the presence of water - just imagine what it would do if you dropped a chunk into a bottle of Jack Daniels!

    Is sodium the best metal for metal? What do you think...?

  2. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Francium. If you think your little sodium explodes....
  3. TomA1234


    Jul 27, 2009
    Fareham, England
    Ozzyum (Osmium)

    What else could be more metal than the densest element on earth that sounds like one of the heavy metal legends?
  4. NML1986


    Feb 25, 2012
    Lincoln UK
  5. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    Is Methamphetamine a metal?
  6. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Amphetamine class, so a phenethylamine core with a methyl group attached. In other words, not metal :p
  7. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Iron (Fe) from a celestial meteorite! Entry into earth's atmosphere is the most BRUTAL foundry ever!

  8. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    tungsten - heavier than metal. So for those who like to crank the gain to eleven...
  9. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    It's threads like this that drive chemistry teachers to despair. There's more bad "science" in here than there is in most episodes of Star Trek.

  10. BoomingBass


    Apr 11, 2010
    Mercury, because being solid is too mainstream.

    Wait, wrong genre...

    Well, being toxic is pretty metal...
  11. Plutonium, cuz it's what destroyed Chernobyl (along with a horrid decision matrix) and nothing's more metal than laying a few villages to waste for the next ten thousand years.

  12. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Depleted uranium. The epitome of heavy metal.

    All surface metals on the planet were delivered by asteroids. Anything present when the planet was being formed would have ended up in the metallic core of the earth.

    How's that Bill? Feeling better or worse?
  13. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    And I've spent a glorious evening listening to Science Night on Radio 5. Great stuff. And then I come to OT to come back down to Earth ;)
  14. Zirconium. It's so hard, dude.
  15. Unobtainium. Because, well, it's unobtanium! ;):p
  16. Well, there's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
    And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium,
    And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
    And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
    Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium,
    And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium,
    And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium,
    And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.

    There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium,
    And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium,
    And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,
    And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium, and barium.

    There's holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium,
    And phosphorus and francium and fluorine and terbium,
    And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium,
    Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium.
    And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, plutonium,
    Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
    And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium,
    And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.

    There's sulfur, californium, and fermium, berkelium,
    And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium,
    And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc, and rhodium,
    And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin, and sodium.

    (These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard.... there may be many others but they haven't been discovered)
  17. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    Hmmm... celestial iron and depleted uranium are definite contenders.

    What did Scotty 'invent' in ST4... 'transparent aluminum'? That's one to think about...

    Rock hard and prosper.


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