– Our next guest can recite
the entire Periodic Table, so she’s either really smart
or just a complete show-off. From Salinas, California, please welcome three-year-old
Brielle and her mom, Carrie. Hi, Brielle.
– Hi. – I kept seeing you
in the hallway out there. Did you see me in the hallway?
– Yes. – And then I ran away.
Yeah. Okay, so you’re three years old, and you know
the whole Period Table. How did you learn? When did you start
learning all that? – Uh…
– How old were you? – Three years old.
– You’re three years old now. When did she start
getting interested in this? – We actually got flash cards
for her in April. – Uh-huh, in April?
– So, it’s been about–yeah. It’s been about
six months or so. – And–
– Yeah, we hardly ever spend time doing it.
She can learn just so quickly. – Can–can you read? – No, not yet,
but I’m sounding out words. [applause]
– Yeah. – Me too. [laughter] What else do you like to
learn about? – I know all
my states and capitals. – All your states and capitals. – And I also…know… the Periodic Table of Elements. – Yes. – And… I know all my countries
in Europe and Africa. And also the presidents. – You’re making me feel bad
about myself. [laughter] Wow, and the presidents, too. Who’s your favorite president? – Barack Obama because… [applause] He was president
when I was born. – He was president
when you were born. Yes. I have shoes
that are older than you. But…okay. So here–
I’m gonna show you some, and you’re gonna tell us
what this is. What is that?
– Geranium. – Geranium. Um…what is this? – K, potassium. – K, potassium.
You want to tell me some facts about that?
– Yes. It’s in bananas. – Found in bananas. – And that’s why bananas also
helps our nose function. That means it sends our brain
information to our muscles. – Wow. [applause] You must eat lots of bananas. And this is? – Iodine.
– Iodine. – It kills bacteria. – Yes, it does kill bacteria. And this is? – Chlorine.
– Chlorine. And this is? – Strontium. It’s in fireworks
to make them loud. And it also used in dark paints. – What is strontium?
What is it? – Strontium. – Sorry.
Um… [laughter] What is this? – Phosphorus.
– Phosphorus. They all look alike to me. I don’t know what–
and what is phosphorus? Tell me about that. – It’s a chameleon. – It is a chameleon.
Why is that? – That means
it can be different colors. – That’s right.
– Black or white. When it’s white,
it’s least stable, and also burns under water. – It burns under water? – Isn’t that crazy? [laughter and applause] – It is crazy. It is crazy. And this is? – Tantalum. [indistinct] And if you have a map,
I can show you. – I still wouldn’t know what… How do you remember–
you’re three years old. How do you remember all this? – My new brain just remembers. [laughter and applause] – Your little brain
just remembers? I think it’s a big brain. I think it’s a big brain
remembered all kinds of things. That’s amazing.
Okay. Before we go, you named your dog
one of the elements, right? – Yes.
– What did you name your dog? – Nici.
– Nici? Short for what? – Because it’s one of
my elements. – And which element is that? – The right to say it is
Copernicium. – But Nici is short for that? – Yes.
– Okay. [laughter] All right, so you love to study, and your favorite color is
purple, right? – Yes.
– I’m just guessing because of your dress,
but I actually knew that, so I got you something, okay? Let’s bring it out. All right,
you have a little station. Come on over here. – Go with Ellen.
Go. – Come on. [applause] – Oh, my goodness. Brielle. – It’s a little station
that you can study. You have a desk, and you have– everything is purple on there.
Isn’t that nice? – Yes.
– And there’s all kinds of books that you can probably read
tonight, and… – Thank you.

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