1. DonationAcolyte
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    (These are all separate things, by the way.)

    I run but I cannot walk; I have a bed but never sleep.

    I am found in locks which no key can open

    My cousin turns grey things orange, and is despised; but I turn orange things green, and I am left undisturbed.

    You can find me in a needle, in a storm, even on a potato.

    I am a metal, yet I am composed of non-metal.
  2. Standard memberroyalchicken
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    27 Apr '04 00:13
    Originally posted by Acolyte

    My cousin turns grey things orange, and is despised; but I turn orange things green, and I am left undisturbed.

    I am a metal, yet I am composed of non-metal.
    A river.

    A river. Or hair.

    ...

    An Eye.

    ...

  3. Standard memberPolynikes
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    28 Apr '04 03:56
    Originally posted by Acolyte

    My cousin turns grey things orange, and is despised; but I turn orange things green, and I am left undisturbed.
    I believe the answer is photosynthesis, and it's cousin is oxidization (rust).
  4. DonationAcolyte
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    28 Apr '04 04:43
    Originally posted by Polynikes
    I believe the answer is photosynthesis, and it's cousin is oxidization (rust).
    You're right about the cousin, but photosynthesis does not directly turn orange things green.
  5. Standard memberjimmyb270
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    28 Apr '04 05:38
    Um...I'm no chemist, but isn't it oxidisation that makes copper (orange) go green as well?
  6. DonationAcolyte
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    28 Apr '04 08:491 edit
    Originally posted by jimmyb270
    Um...I'm no chemist, but isn't it oxidisation that makes copper (orange) go green as well?
    Yep, but like rust the substance has a more specific name.
  7. Standard memberPolynikes
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    So you mean chloroplasts, then? Or maybe you want chlorophyll?
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    29 Apr '04 05:471 edit
    Originally posted by Acolyte
    Yep, but like rust the substance has a more specific name.
    i think the word you want is "corrosion".
    the green layer on copper, when it looks nice (such as on a dome) is called "patina".

    the "metal composed of a non-metal" might be metallic hydrogen. i don't know that for sure though.
  9. Standard memberjimmyb270
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    I reckon the 'metal composed of non-metal' refers to the music genre, heavy metal.
  10. DonationAcolyte
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    29 Apr '04 14:07
    Originally posted by BarefootChessPlayer
    i think the word you want is "corrosion".
    the green layer on copper, when it looks nice (such as on a dome) is called "patina".

    the "metal composed of a non-metal" might be metallic hydrogen. i don't know that for sure though.
    I was looking for 'patina' or 'verdigris'.

    Personally I would prefer to see nice shiny orange copper domes, but presumably enough people like verdigris that it's left alone; in fact it probably gets generated artificially if copper domes have to be replaced. I once went to a town where the river was exactly the colour of verdigris, quite an odd effect in conjunction with real verdigris on some of the buildings.

    The metal composed of non-metal is a play-on-words.
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    I dont know
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    19 May '04 22:161 edit
    i think the first one is a river, the second one is water, as in the locks in dams or something... the third is whatever acolyte said.. hum..was it petina or sometyhing?? I didn't get the fourth one yet... and the last one is heavymetal, as someone else said. hum.. I think I got them all wrong though...
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