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Periodic Table: 27 Cobalt

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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar

T-Rex: T-Rex presents The Periodic Table:
T-Rex: 27 COBALT
T-Rex: Used for millennia, it's named from the German kobalt, meaning "goblin" and cognate to the kobolds of D&D. True! Also a vital component of vitamin B12.
Utahraptor: We should name more metals after D&D monsters!
T-Rex: Yeah! Vampirium! Lichium! Beholderite! Medusanese!
Utahraptor: More!
T-Rex: Lizardmanium! Mimicite! Gelatinouscubium! Skeletonite! Titanium!
T-Rex: Oh, wait...

The author writes:

It's a little known fact* that iron is named after iron golems, and gold and silver are named after gold and silver dragons, respectively.