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Petition Wants New Heavy Metal Element Named “Lemmium” In Honour Of Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

Written by Tom Williams on January 5, 2016

A petition is calling for a newly discovered heavy metal element to be named after late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, and has suggested the brilliant name “Lemmium”.

The petition, launched today by Change.org user John Wright from York, UK, is calling on The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC, aka the peeps who deal with these sorts of things) to give Lemmy’s name to one of the four new elements, which currently have the pretty boring temporary titles ‘ununtrium (113)’, ‘ununpentium (115)’, ‘ununseptium (117)’ and ‘ununoctium (118)’.

“Heavy rock lost its most iconic figure over Christmas with the sudden and unexpected death of Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilminster,” says Mr Wright, before stating his very scientific case for Lemmium becoming a thing.

“Lemmy was a force of nature and the very essence of heavy metal,” he says. Geddit?

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Mr Wright says a star has already been named after Lemmy so that his name meets IUPAC’s naming requirements, which state that new elements “can be named after a mythological concept, a mineral, a place or country, a property or a scientist”. Lemmy was a rock’n’roll scientist, right?

After the four new synthetic elements are given names by the scientists who helped discover them, they’ll be up for public review for five months before being confirmed and added to the periodic table.

Mr Wright’s petition, which has almost 100 signatures at the time of writing, has already seen support from Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, who shared the petition with his Twitter followers by retweeting Mr Wright.

Like McKagan, Music Feeds reckons this is something worth getting behind. To show your support, head over to Mr Wright’s Change.org petition.

Kilmister died over a week ago, aged 70, after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Since his death, Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee has said the band is now “over”.

That said, fans are trying to get the Motörhead classic Ace Of Spades to hit number one on the British Top Ten singles chart.

UPDATE 08/01/16: A new petition is calling for the famous Jack Daniels & Coke to be renamed “a Lemmy”.

Gallery: 13 Photos Of Lemmy At His Most Badass

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  • http://evidenceplease.net/ Jo Alabaster

    “If Lemmy and god got into a fight, who would win?

    Trick question. Lemmy is god.”

    Hence, Lemmy fulfills the naming criteria, as a mythological concept.

  • Max Persian

    The notion of naming a heavy metal after Lemmy is rather ironic, given that Lemmy never considered Motorhead to be a metal band… He opened every show with “We are Motorhead, and we play Rock & Roll!” That leaves Headcat, and I’m pretty sure that any band that had Slim Jim Phantom and Danny B. Harvey in the lineup wasn’t metal either, no matter how badass they were…

  • Scott Neil

    I was gonna say the same as Jo Alabaster,lemmy is god therefore he is a mythological construct,to answer those who said they aren’t metal,get a grip,Lemmy said many times in interviews that he considered them rock n roll but knows everyone else considered them the originators of many kinds of metal and he was fine with it,you just need to listen to them to know they created thrash,speed metal,death metal and by proxy black metal,the list is massive.

  • william krummeck

    Some people have given their lives to chemistry and are forgotten, this is a bad idea. No offenders but there are several woman that could be recognised in chemsitry instead of a man who is completely unrelated to the subject.

    • Shane G

      Curium already exists, and if you have a name half as known/knowable as Madam Curie lay it on me because I’m not voting for Lemmium (nor voting against it). Lemmium wouldn’t bother me at all, though, so I guess I understand why you are just complaining and not doing anything proactive. Good luck with that.

  • superspin

    boring names are useful. This is science not a popularity contest. Think metric vs standard for a second. With metric it’s easier because the naming system actually makes sense with the numeric system. Sure we could change the name or we could keep the names and save the burden on some future scientist.

    • markbuehner

      Have you looked at the periodic table lately? That ship has sailed into the Californium sunset.

    • Zira Michelle Brinton

      Just because it’s science, doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun once in awhile with it. Lemmium is a great idea.

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