This one came in by email. I have no idea who wrote it. She or he deserves credit, but I am unable to supply it. But it's funny enough to post:

A major research institution has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science.  The new element has been named "Governmentium."  Governmentium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton like particles called peons.
Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert.  However, it can be
detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into
contact.  A minute amount of Governmentium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete, when it would normally take less than a second.

Governmentium has a normal half—life of 4 years; it does not decay, but
instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant
neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.  In fact,  governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe
that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration.  This hypothetical quantity is referred to as "Critical Morass."  When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium — an element which radiates just as much energy as the Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.