List of Chymical Wedding Anniversary Gifts
The chymical wedding anniversary list is no ordinary list of presents one might buy for the (un)happy couple to celebrate or denigrate their joining together in (un)holy matrimony. Why would it be? This is Sciencebase after all, an uber geek site for hypernerds, scifooists and everyone who ever dissected a frog, meddled with firefox, built their own chemistry kit or dismantled their grandfather's precious watch long after his death (ahem). Here you will find some of the more unusual and perhaps unsavoury wedding anniversary gifts from the (un)twisted mind of ubergeek science writer David Bradley.
First - Cellulose - the stuff of marriage certificates
Third - DNA - multiplication that's the name of the game
Tenth - Nonoxynol-9 - snip, snip, no need for these any more
Fourteenth - pyrolytic carbon - first heart attack too soon
Fifteenth - Silicon - another new PC for the kids
Twenty-second (Hastily inserted for Paul and Clare's anniversary) - Keratin - the stuff of feathers, silk and other unmineralized tissues found in reptiles, birds, amphibians, and mammals. The allusion, 22, two little ducks ;-)
Twenty-Fifth - Formaldehyde - there's even time for some culture
Given that a British couple - Helen and Maurice Kaye - both in their 100s just celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary (their Oak wedding according to the BBC on 27th August 2014), maybe I should add graphene, silicene, perovskite and a few other of the newer wonder materials to extend the gift series beyond 60...
If you're looking for a list of traditional wedding anniversary gifts try here.