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Topic: Selma, Alabama --- Science (or lack of it) at work?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 31, 2008 08:21PM)
The following humorous article is posted on a local computer bulletin board restricted to comments about the local leadership, or lack of, in the governance of the City of Selma, Alabama. The mayor of Selma since 2000 is James Perkins. (STJ is the local newspaper the Selma Times Journal.)


The recent missing money, rampant crime and division in Selma are proof of the existence of a new chemical element. A major recent institution, STJ, has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element has been named Perkimentium. Perkimentium (Pv) has one major neutron, 14 assistant neutrons, 125 deputy neutrons and 220 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 360.

These 360 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of incompetent-like particles called peons.

Since Perkimentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected because it impedes every progressive action with which it comes in contact. A small amount of Perkimentium can cause an action which should be beneficial to become an agent of division.

Perkimentium has a life of 8 years. It decays with time and tries to undergo a reorganization in which assistant neutrons and deputy assistant neutrons change places. In fact, Pvs mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron production leads some scientists to believe that Perkimentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration in a city government. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with massive amount of money, Perkimentium becomes Incompetentium.. an element that radiates just as much corruption as Perkimentium, since it has half as many peons, but twice as many morons.

http://www.angelfire.com/un/selma/moron.html is the source.

Supporting materials are available at the same site. Enjoy the laugh. Then remember that you are still funding this.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 31, 2008 09:10PM)
Scares the daylights out of you to figure the atomic mass and composition of Congresium!
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Jan 31, 2008 10:07PM)
Yep...pretty darn scary to think about!

Mark. :wow:
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 3, 2008 01:22PM)
Have you ever observed "smart" people buying dead weight to lift and get more fit?