Thanks to splendid Guardian boffin Oliver Burkeman for relaying this, originally spotted by Alice Bell. It’s a rendering of the periodic table of elements by the nationality of the discoverers of each element. In so which, it proves:
a) That some Twitter accounts are oddly, belligerently nationalistic
b) That we at the Guardian couldn’t possibly condone such things as applied to the supranational nobility of the sciences
c) That, that said, the UK is 24-21 up on the USA when it comes to such discoveries
d) That that equals a great big E2E booyah for the UK massive, what?
e) That a ‘booyah’ is ‘an exclamatory statement, often said when someone is extremely overjoyed and accompanied by a vigorous hand movement’ (Thank you, Urban Dictionary. Whether this is UK or US slang I’m not sure, though Ali G used it so maybe it’s British? Via the Caribbean? I really don’t know)
f) That Canada doesn’t even place. Slackers.
Very spurious, even childish advantage but advantage nonetheless: UK
Though, come to think of it,the man who sings The Elements, Tom Lehrer is American. All right, we’ll call it a draw. (Photo: GREAT Britain. Not Great Britain … GREAT Britain)