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NINETY-TWO

When we found you out
we changed the world.
We found atoms.
We found the hearts of atoms.
We found energy in the hearts of atoms.
We created names for the energy in the
      hearts of atoms:
the neutron and
the proton.
We were changing the world.
We found rocks.
We found rocks that we called
     pitchblende and carnotite.
We found melted down pitchblende and
     carnotite and made a silvery metal.
We created a name for it:
Uranium.
We found in the heart of a uranium atom
     92 protons.
We found neutrons and protons in the
     heart of uranium.
We found 235 neutrons and protons in the
     heart of some uranium atoms.
We created a name for them:
Uranium-235 isotopes.
We were changing the world.
We were changing the world
faster and faster.
We found out that a neutron can be hurled
     at a uranium-235 isotope.
We found out that if we hurl a neutron at a
     uranium-235 isotope we would start off
     something
that wouldn't end until it made the biggest
     bang in history.
We created a name for it:
a chain reaction.
We found out that we could make it
     happen.
We found out that we could make it
     happen by starting the chain reaction.
We found out that we could make it
     happen by starting the chain reaction
     in a bomb.
We created a name for it:
an atomic bomb.
Changing the world.
Changing the world.
And we did just that.
We made it happen.
Atomic bombs
dropped on Japan.
We found out that hundreds of thousands
     of people died in a flash.
We found out that thousands of people
     died of burns
We found out that thousands of people
     died from the ash
that fell from the sky.
We found out that thousands of babies
     have been born damaged
by what the bombs did to their parents.
The cities already had names:
Hiroshima and
Nagasaki.
We had changed the world.
Now we found out how to make bigger
     and bigger flashes
and we created even more names:
Nuclear fission
Nuclear fusion
Nuclear bombs
Hydrogen bombs.
And we find that America has got them.
We find that Russia, Britain, France,
     China and Israel have got them.
Maybe we will find out that India, Pakistan
     and Iraq have them too.
We created a name for that:
Nuclear proliferation.
And we find out that it all costs
millions and millions and millions of
     pounds,
millions and millions and millions of
     pounds,
millions and millions and millions of
     pounds.
And we find out that would be enough
     money to stop
anyone anywhere in the world
ever being hungry ever again.
And I will create a name for that:
madness.
When we found you out
we changed the world.

Michael Rosen

Here's an interesting piece of intelligence
There are NINETY-TWO known natural elements
(There are more that come later
But need a creator
So for this count, they're rather irrelevant)

A Stanton

GlacierAfrica has 92 square miles of glacier - the least of any continent.

The charity Oxfam collects 92 million a year.

In 1492 Christopher Columbus reached the West Indies.

BatThailand has 92 species of bat.

The metallic element Uranium has an atomic number 92. It has the highest atomic number of naturally occurring elements.

The Caspian Sea averages 92ft below sea level.

Coke, the material left over following the distillation of coal, is made up of 92% carbon.

Surinam flagSurinam is the world's most forested country with 92% coverage.

The maximum breadth of Lake Eerie in North America is 92km.

The Ocean Perch fish grows to a length of 92cm.