Let's hear it for rhenium, an also-ran among the elements. It tries hard, but never quite makes it to the top:
- Its chemical symbol, Re, is better known as an abbreviation for reinsurance companies (Swiss Re, etc);
- It failed to be selected by Primo Levi for inclusion in The Periodic Table;
- It was the next-to-last naturally-occurring element to be discovered;
- It is among the ten most expensive metals on Earth (but not in the top three);
- It has one of the highest melting points of all elements (but is exceeded by tungsten and carbon);
- It is a very dense element (though not as dense as platinum, iridium and osmium).
- It has the widest range of oxidation states of any known element (Unfortunately I have no idea if that is good or bad).
FACT: Rhenium wire is used as a filament in flash photography.
FACT: Chile has the world's largest rhenium reserves.
FACT: There is a band called Rhenium from Houston, Texas. There is a picture of them here.