Chinese Periodic Table
I just found out about the wonders of the Chinese periodic table. Rather than making up a multi-character word to be the Chinese name of each chemical element -- the way most new Chinese words are coined -- the Chinese actually made up a new original character for every single element. It makes a weird kind of sense, though, right? Atoms are indivisible, they should have indivisible names.
And here's the best part: the character for sodium, 钠, is pronounced "Na". Apparently a lot of these neologism-characters have pronunciations based on the corresponding international symbols.
Finding out about this makes me happy in a way I can't quite explain. |:-D