Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Kryptonite found in Serbia

Well everybody has been talking and posting about this one, so I better get my 2 cents in as this is Atomic Romance. It seems a white chalky substance found in a Serbian mine has the same composition as the fabled science fiction substance that can bring Superman down, Kryptonite. As noted here.

While kryptonite is often depicted in Superman comic books and movies in the form of green crystals that possess the power to render the superhero weak and powerless, the actual mineral is white, powdery and ultimately harmless.
"The new mineral does not contain fluorine and is white rather than green, but in all other respects the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite," said Dr. Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum.

Ahh... but you see, in the comics there are several different kinds of kryptonite and yes there is white kryptonite. It doesn’t hurt Superman actually, it’s a super plant killer. So, maybe we'll get the glowing, green, poisonous rock if we add a little fluorine right?… Ahh no. But, according to the BBC here, at least they’re giving the stuff a different name, Jadarite.

They have to as krypton is an actual substance not found in Jadarite, but that's OK. Let's keep sci-fi and reality separate in this case

Here’s a news report by the CBC:

And this one with a little more professional explanation



david santos said...

O dia 25 de Abril de 1974 foi o dia do derrube da ditadura fascista em Portugal, a chamada REVOLUÇÃO DOS CRAVOS, e a queda do (poder) dos inimigos do povo. 25 de Abril, sempre.

Day 25 of April of 1974 was the day of it knocks down of the dictatorship fascist in Portugal, the call REVOLUTION OF the flowers, and the fall of the power of the enemies of the people. 25 of April, forever!
يوم 25 نيسان 1974 كان يوم تقرع عليها من الديكتاتوريه الفاشيه في البرتغال والدعوة للثورة الزهور ، وسقوط سلطة أعداء الشعب. 25 نيسان ، الى الابد!

День 25 апреля 1974 года, в день он постучит в воздухе фашистской диктатуры в Португалии слово О РЕВОЛЮЦИИ цветы, и падение власти враги народа. 25 апреля, навсегда!
Le jour 25 d'avril de 1974 était le jour de lui frappe vers le bas du fasciste de dictature au Portugal, de la RÉVOLUTION d'appel des fleurs, et de la chute de la puissance des ennemis du peuple. 25 d'avril, pour toujours !
Tag 25 von April von 1974 war der Tag von ihm klopft unten vom Diktaturfaschisten in Portugal, von der Anruf REVOLUTION der Blumen und vom Fall der Energie der Feinde von den Leuten. 25 von April, für immer
25天41974年的一天,它拍下來的法西斯獨裁政權,葡萄牙 號召革命的鮮花,秋天的權力得到人民的敵人. 25日,永不停息

Swinebread said...

It's also Elbe Day, when American and German Troops meet on the Elbe River, meaning the war in Europe was almost over.

April 25th 1945

ladybug said...

I don't what that post has to do w/Kryptonite, but I hope that you're not getting spammed...

As for the white Kryptonite, it's sucky - I prefer the comic version.

Rich said...

What did white Kryptonite do? It should turn everyone into 1970s disco stars in white polyester suits...

Nick said...

I actually have that issue of Action Comics!!!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Interesting that every type of kryptonite has a vivid color. Were there no ordinary, gray rocks on Krypton?

Ahhh...I forget...just look at Superman's costume. It's definitely the Planet of Living Color.

The Colorman said...

Planet of Living Color??!?!?!????


But of course greeeeeeeeen kryptonite is the only one that sucks (ecch)!

Dean Wormer said...

Can it be shielded in lead?

As a follow-up, semi-related question: wasn't Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor a nimrod for using it outright rather than hiding it?

Don Snabulus said...


Are you an enemy of the enemy of the state (Hackman)?

:D on

Dean Wormer said...


You've made the French connection, then?


Overdroid said...

I like the version that Richard Pryor invented, by adding tar.