Chemistry is no joke

Paris Gray’s yearbook quote reflected her mastery of the periodic table: “When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus.”

That’s “nerd code” for: “So, when the going gets tough, just remember to [Ba][C][K] [Th][At] [As][S] [U][P].” (I’d bet she was a Breaking Bad fan.)


When Jonesboro, Georgia school officials figured it out, the class vice president received an in-school suspension, was banned from the senior walk and was told her graduation speech would be canceled.

“Basically, it was me just saying start all over again,” Gray told the local news station WSB-TV.

A 1999 song by Juvenile, Back That Azz Up, has a somewhat different message, perhaps best translated by me as “I admire your posterior.”

After the story went viral, Gray and her family met with the school’s principal and the superintendent, who said she will speak at graduation after all.

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  1. Dumb-A** school admins and superintendents who probably flunked high school chemistry themselves. We used stuff like that in electronics, for memorizing resistor codes, and we used it in Networking to memorize the 7 layer OSI model for cisco and juniper certifications.

    Idiots (or ID10Ts) 🙂

  2. These stories are getting so numerous it’s hard to keep up. Perhaps there should be a sidebar item that says, “Today’s Example of Idiots Running Schools”, so that the main space doesn’t get cluttered with all the stories…

    • PhillipMarlowe says:

      WTOP News in DC has a Monday morning feature- Knuckleheads In The News.
      Apt description in this case.