but you can't take the education out of the boy.
Or so it would seem. (Alternatively, You can take the boy out of school ...)
Well would you look at that! Harry did pay attention in Potions after all (or at least, he read Snape's Potions textbook way too much and started to sound like Hermione - being able to quote sections at will - 10 points to Gryffindor). I wasn't originally going to write about this as it might seem a little geeky and would lead to my being scorned/laughed at, but after Rachel Phipps posted the link on my wall, I decided to just go for it!
Daniel Radcliffe appeared on The Graham Norton Show whilst promoting the first part of the last Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and whilst there performed his 'Party Trick', which seems to be Tom Lehrer's song 'The Elements', which includes the first 102 elements in the Periodic table up to Nobelium (it was written in 1959 remember, so several elements had yet to be discovered). Enjoy!
Impressive, huh? I'd be up all night trying to get it right (and worrying about seeing the film at the premiere). And I know that he missed out the final two lines, and rearranged a couple of elements, but he did say them all. It really shows how much training he's had for his acting career, each element is pronounced clearly and crisply, so major points for that! (We did it in Chemistry back in Year 9, and we all gabbled over the words and burst out laughing, so it's tougher than it looks) Also, nice that he's obviously paid attention with his education, not just gotten the grades knowing that he won't need them, but actually done extra work towards his education. So he gets points for that.
Here are the lyrics, if you think that you can do better! Because like I said, I know that I can't. So here's Tom Lehrer's 1959 song 'The Elements' for your enjoyment:
There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium,
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium,
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium,
And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium,
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.
There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium,
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium,
And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium, and barium.
There's holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium,
And phosphorus and francium and fluorine and terbium,
And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium,
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium.
And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, plutonium,
Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium,
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.
There's sulfur, californium, and fermium, berkelium,
And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium,
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc, and rhodium,
And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin, and sodium.
These are the only ones of which the news has come to Havard,
And there may be many others, but they haven't been discavard.
Love love love, xxx