Titanium is an element valued as much for its beauty as its strength — provided you can find a genuine sample of the stuff.
Featured above: The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, clad in titanium and designed by Frank Gehry. By PA, CC BY-SA 4.0.
It’s Time To Play The Music: I’m delighted to include in this episode original music by Josh Crowley, a long-time friend of mine who has many talents in addition to composing. Previously, he was my fellow co-author on Seinfelt, a collection of more than 1,000 short stories of surreal horror set in the Seinfeld universe, but he’s since gone on to bigger and better things, including authoring one novel you can buy today, and another in the works. See more of his work at joshcrowley.com.
Stronger Than Strong: I needed to specify that titanium has the best strength-to-weight ratio of any metal on the periodic table, rather than any element, because carbon actually blows it out of the water. At least in carbon nanotube form, it’s the strongest, lightest stuff out there. Before their discovery, spider silk held that title.
Out, Damn Spot: Our brains are hilariously flawed tools outside of the very specific use of hunting and gathering. That could actually be an entirely separate series in itself, but one example similar to the “weight = importance” issue is called the Lady Macbeth Effect: People with unclean consciences, so to speak, wanted to clean their bodies.
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