Can We Guess the Periodic Element That Best Matches Your Personality?

SCIENCE

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The periodic table is one of the most familiar charts in the world. Whatever language you read, if you know the Roman alphabet then you can use it to identify the elements and place them in their groups. The shape of it is rather intrinsic to the properties of the elements, as they are arranged not just in order of their chemical weight but also in columns that keep them with those that are like them, for instance they have the same number of electrons in their outermost shell. On the far right, you can see a group called the noble gases, such as neon, xenon and radon. These ones don't react to anything much. On the far left you can see the alkali metals, such as lithium, potassium, etc. These are soft and shiny at room temperature and they hate water. The layout also conveniently organizes the metal and nonmetal elements. Things also get more and more radioactive as you keep going; the most recently-added elements are mostly artificially made and are incredibly radioactive, meaning they decay quickly and it is very hard to get your hands on them.

The elements are mostly easily learned by memorizing Tom Lehrer's "Song of the Elements", in which he set all of those known at the time to the tune of "I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General". Being able to sing this song is also a fun party trick! Still, however many you know, there is probably one that is most like you. Let's find it!

How versatile are you?

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Do you love the water?

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Do you often overreact?

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Are you full of life?

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How beautiful are you?

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Are you harder or softer than you look?

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How glamorous are you?

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Do you scrub up nicely?

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Do you get on with those who are not like you?

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Do you do well in a group?

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How comforting are you?

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Do you look good whether you're thin or fat?

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How great are you at your job?

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Do people often take a chance on you without knowing whether you'll come through?

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Do people admire you even if they don't like you?

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Do people desire you who don't even know you?

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Do you like to attract attention?

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Are you radioactive sometimes?

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Can you be toxic when you want to be?

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Do people think you are a safe person to be around?

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Do you ever reinvent yourself?

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Are you welcome almost anywhere?

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Are you a good liar?

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Do you like talking about what you do?

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Are you easily forgotten?

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What would you say is your life's vocation?

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Do you mind offending people?

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How important is helping people?

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Are you misunderstood?

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How long ago did people first recognize your true value?

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