Gallium is a silvery metal with atomic number 31. It’s used in semiconductors and LEDs, but the cool thing about it is its melting point, which is only about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If you hold a solid gallium crystal in your hand, your body heat will cause it to slowly melt into a silvery metallic puddle. Pour it into a dish, and it freezes back into a solid.
While you probably shouldn’t lick your fingers after playing with it, gallium isn’t toxic and won’t make you crazy like mercury does. And if you get tired of it, you can melt it onto glass and make yourself a mirror.
THIS WAS IN A BOOK I READ IN SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS USED TO MOLD THEM INTO SPOONS AND THEN GIVE THEM TO OTHER PEOPLE WITH THEIR TEA AND THE SPOONS WOULD JUST MELT AND THE SCIENTISTS WOULD LAUGH AS THE PEOPLE GOT ALL FLUSTERED LITERALLY NO ONE ELSE FOUND IT AS FUNNY AS I DID
If I ever get to legit cosplay Magneto I am getting this to play with.
Not only is Aerith an extremely unique character because she is the last remaining Cetra and possesses special abilities, but she is also a very endearing, optimistic character. Your sense of empathy grows for her as the story of Final Fantasy VII unfolds.
The opening scene of Final Fantasy VII shows Aerith looking at a mystical energy. She then proceeds to walk underneath a sign that reads ‘Loveless’. From that moment on I knew she was going to be a captivating and mysterious character who possessed a power far beyond anyone’s comprehension.
After the opening sequence, you randomly meet Aerith and have the option of buying a flower from her. When I first played the game I was completely intrigued by her and wondered: “Why do I keep seeing this flower girl?” — “Why is she so mysterious and beautiful?” — “What’s her story?”
…and when I finally heard her story, it lived up to everything I had imagined, and more…
When you encounter Aerith next she essentially saves your life. And I remember being so happy to see her again so I could find out more about her.
I particularly love that right when you formally meet her she is tending to her flowers — the only life that seems to grow in Midgar. At that very moment her character seemed so full of magic and positive energy — a ray of hope in a city full of despair. And her optimism never fades as the game progresses, even in the toughest of times.
As you get to know more about her she becomes an extremely complex and compelling character. You find out that her Mother and Father died when she was very young. And you also learn about the wonderful relationship she had with her adoptive mother, Elmyra. I love how Elmyra explains Aerith’s childhood and tells everyone about the magical abilities Aerith possesses.
Elmyra tells everyone that one day during Aerith’s childhood Aerith knew her Mother had returned to the planet, so she wasn’t sad anymore — Aerith could feel the Planet and hear its cries. Aerith also told Elmyra: “Please don’t cry…Someone dear to you has just died…His spirit was coming to see you, but he already returned to the planet” — and then it was revealed through a letter that Elmyra’s husband was killed. Such a sad yet beautiful moment. Aerith is a very special character, and I love her powerful connection to the Planet.
And by joining AVALANCHE and meeting Cloud, it finally gave Aerith the sense of family and purpose she so desired.
Aerith always remained optimistic despite all the struggles she encountered during her short life. From having to deal with her parents deaths, to Shinra constantly chasing her, to summoning Holy in order to defeat Sephiroth, she always remained brave and hopeful.
And yet…she had a predetermined destiny and responsibility by being the last remaining Ancient. We all know now that her materia that she said was, “good for absolutely nothing,” was actually the most powerful materia on Earth. And it was given to her by her Mother. Aerith sacrificed herself to save everyone, and is the true heroine of Final Fantasy VII in my eyes.
Her story has always been tragic, yet she never let it bring her spirits down. Her optimism and bravery in the face of hardships will always inspire me.
Aerith Gainsborough will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m truly grateful that such an amazing piece of music accompanies her character. I can always play her musical theme and remember what a wonderful and touching character she is…
“I’ll be going now. I’ll come back when it’s all over.” ~Aerith Gainsborough