Administratium


Administratium

Administratium is a well-known joke in scientific circles, and is a spoof both on the bureaucracy of scientific establishments and on descriptions of newly discovered chemical elements. In 1991, Thomas Kyle (the supposed discoverer of this element) was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for physics, making him one of only three fictional people to have won the award. [cite web | url=http://www-tech.mit.edu/V111/N40/ignobe.40n.html | accessdate=2007-02-01 | author=Alice Gilchrist | title=Ig Nobel Prizes Debut]

[http://www.lhup.edu/~DSIMANEK/administ.htm The spoof] was written by William DeBuvitz in 1988 and first appeared in print in The Physics Teacher (January 1989 issue).

A similar joke concerns Administrontium which was referenced in print in 1993. [cite web | url=http://ebeltz.net/resume/jir.html | accessdate=2007-02-01 | author=Ellin Beltz | title=Administratium/Administrontium?]

ee also

*Governmentium

External links

* [http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=536664&cid=23225656 Capitalium]

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ig Nobel Prize — The Ig Nobel Prizes are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October around the time the recipients of the genuine Nobel Prizes are announced for ten achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Ig Nobel Prize winners — This is a list of Ig Nobel Prize winners from 1991 to the present day. A parody of the Nobel Prizes, the Ig Nobel Prizes are given each year in early October around the time the recipients of the genuine Nobel Prizes are announced for ten… …   Wikipedia

  • Governmentium — is a joke which involves the definition of an imaginary element. It is a satire of the bureaucracy of large government establishments in the form of a scientific description of a newly discovered chemical element. It reads as… …   Wikipedia

  • Christlieger — Island of Christlieger, from north Christlieger is the name of the only island in the Königssee. It is located near the northern end of the lake, at …   Wikipedia

  • Christlieger — (Johannesinsel) Christlieger, von Norden aus gesehen Gewässer Königssee …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Liste der Träger des Ig-Nobelpreises — In dieser Liste werden die Preisträger des Ig Nobelpreises aufgelistet und mit ihren ausgezeichneten Arbeiten kurz vorgestellt: Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 1991 bis 2000 1.1 1991 1.2 1992 1.3 1993 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • IgNobel — Prix Ig Nobel Cette grenouille en lévitation grâce a un dispositif magnétique a fait l objet du prix Ig Nobel de physique 2000. L Ig Nobel Prize est un prix parodique décerné à des personnes ayant accompli des performances particulièrement… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ig Nobel — Prix Ig Nobel Cette grenouille en lévitation grâce a un dispositif magnétique a fait l objet du prix Ig Nobel de physique 2000. L Ig Nobel Prize est un prix parodique décerné à des personnes ayant accompli des performances particulièrement… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ig Nobel Prize — Prix Ig Nobel Cette grenouille en lévitation grâce a un dispositif magnétique a fait l objet du prix Ig Nobel de physique 2000. L Ig Nobel Prize est un prix parodique décerné à des personnes ayant accompli des performances particulièrement… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ignobel — Prix Ig Nobel Cette grenouille en lévitation grâce a un dispositif magnétique a fait l objet du prix Ig Nobel de physique 2000. L Ig Nobel Prize est un prix parodique décerné à des personnes ayant accompli des performances particulièrement… …   Wikipédia en Français


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.