Big people have been doing big things recently: we wrote about how the world?s tallest man managed to save two dolphins. Now a British strongman has managed to pull a jumbo jet weighing over 16 thousand pounds down a runway?and he wasn’t even wearing a Superman suit. But these folks need to watch out, because scientists think they have discovered the REAL kryptonite!
In what the man who discovered it calls “the coincidence of a lifetime,” a new mineral matching the description of Kryptonite?as it’s described in the film Superman Returns?has been found in a mine in Serbia. Exposure to the green crystals of Kryptonite is supposed to take away Superman’s superhuman strength.
BBC News quotes mineralogist Chris Stanley as saying, “I’m afraid it’s not green and it doesn’t glow either?although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange.” So why call it Kryptonite? Stanley says, “Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral’s chemical formula?sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide?and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luther from a museum in the film Superman Returns. The new mineral does not contain fluorine (which it does in the film) and is white rather than green but, in all other respects, the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite.” The real mineral is white and harmless.
It also cannot be officially NAMED “Kryptonite,” because it has nothing to do with the real element krypton, which is a gas. Instead, it will be named Jadarite because Jadar is the location of the Serbian mine where it was found.
Meanwhile, British strongman Manjit Singh pulled a Jetstream 41 for 12 feet using ear harnesses attached to cables. There was a pilot on board, but no passengers or crew.
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