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March 6th, 2019, 07:47 AM
Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia supposedly was thwarted by the bitter cold Russian winter, which turned the tin buttons on his soldiers' uniforms to dust.

Chemistry teachers love that story, because nothing illustrates an element undergoing physical change quite like the image of freezing soldiers with their pants falling down.

Tin darkens and turns powdery at low temperatures. Whether that fact contributed to Napoleon's marching in with 600,000 men and retreating with only about 30,000 left alive is unlikely.