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Periodic Table: 38 Strontium

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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar

T-Rex: T-Rex presents The Periodic Table:
T-Rex: 38 STRONTIUM
T-Rex: A soft metal, the oxide of which was used on CRT display glass to block x-rays from killing all those kids who played Doom and Quake. Also used to be used to refine sugar from molasses!
Utahraptor: Both those things are obsolete!
T-Rex: Yep! Strontium production has fallen by half since 2005!
Utahraptor: Wow! Just like Mariah Carey.
T-Rex: Yes. But we don't want to produce any more Mariah Careys.
{red fireworks go off}

The author writes:

Wikipedia notes that:

The human body absorbs strontium as if it were calcium. Because the elements are chemically similar, the stable strontium isotopes might not pose a significant health threat. (my emphasis added)

That's very comforting.