Tin: Soft, pliable, superconducting, resists corrosion, with the greatest number of stable isotopes

Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" played on kazoos








Updated to include some info about tin that I found for a post on Facebook earlier today.

Tin is a soft, pliable, silvery-white metal. Tin is not easily oxidized in air and is used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion.

Tin was one of the first superconductors to be studied; the Meissner effect, one of the characteristic features of superconductors, was first discovered in superconducting tin crystals.

Tin is the 49th most abundant element, and has the the largest number of stable isotopes, 10. This large number of stable isotopes is thought to be a direct result of tin possessing an atomic number of 50, which is a “magic number” in nuclear physics.

Today PW and I are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary. Tin is the traditional gift for this anniversary, so we’re calling it our tinth anniversary.

We had it all cattywampus, of course. We were five years into building a life together before we could have a wedding to legally recognize the marriage we had already begun. We had already exchanged rings, at different times no less. I found a ring I liked before PW did, so we got mine first. Months later, PW found one she liked, and, while different, it shares the same basic features of mine: hammered, dented silver surrounding a smaller, smooth gold band. We both like the reminder that we were already dented when we found each other. It helps beat back the toxic lure of perfection.

I made the video (below) to celebrate our fifth anniversary. Technology being what it is, I can’t find the original file so that I can change it for our tinth anniversary. But I do love the marriage of this song with the images. The story this little video tells is a small glimpse into our ordinary yet miraculous life together.

Happy tinth anniversary to my one-iest one. See you tonight at dinner at that place with the food where we have a coupon. I’ll be the one wearing the same peach-colored linen jacket I wore 10 years ago today.


11 responses to “Tin: Soft, pliable, superconducting, resists corrosion, with the greatest number of stable isotopes

  1. Love it! Love you both!

  2. (insert heart icon here)

  3. Marlene Krueger

    Happy 10th and wishing you both many more.


  4. How wonderful to be part of your life. We are so blessed, beloved couple.

  5. Oops, those were supposed to be little hearts! Love to you!

  6. Fabulous video!
    Happy anniversary!
    Love you both!

  7. XO sweet sissers and see you soon. That’s alliteration there for ya.

  8. the other theo

    Happy (belated) Anniversary! May there be many more!

  9. I don’t see how anyone could smile any smilier than you two. Happy Tinth, a little late! You don’t just love, you are exemplars of love. Thanks for that and so much more. XOXOXOXOX, JO

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