I was a bit skeptical about this one, but it turned out to be true. An unidentified mineral was discovered in a Serbian mine, and sent off to researchers to determine its composition. After analyzing the mineral, Dr. Stanley discovered its formula already existed in literary form.
“Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral’s chemical formula – sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide – and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns.
“The new mineral does not contain fluorine (which it does in the film) and is white rather than green but, in all other respects, the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite.”
Now the new mineral won’t be called kryptonite. Instead, it will be called Jadarite, in reference to the location in Serbia where it was discovered.