Diamond - The Hardest Metal

Diamond - The Hardest Metal

Updated Jan 23, 2010 at 03:32PM EST by Shii.

Added Jan 17, 2010 at 12:48PM EST by Shii.

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Diamonds being portrayed as the “hardest metal” is both a textual and image meme referencing a particularly dense discussion on the GameFAQs forum.

Diamond, an allotrope of carbon, is the hardest known material on Earth, with a rating of 10 on the Mohs Scale of mineral hardness.

Because diamond is an insulator rather than a conductor of electricity, it is not classified as a metal.


In 2005 a bunch GameFAQs users had an argument about what would happen to cars that smashed into various walls. One user argued that a car could take anything if it were made of diamond, unless of course if the wall were also made of diamond. He smugly informed his fellow GameFAQer that “Diamond is one of the hardest metals (If not THE hardest metal) known the man.” [sic] The conversation was thus brought to a conclusion.


Some months later, 4chan stumbled upon this argument and made nearly every single sentence of it into hilarious catchphrases.



The majority of searches for diamond as the “hardest metal” began in January of 2007.


The humor derived from the meme comes from the arrogant tone used in proclaiming diamond to be the hardest metal, paired with the fact that Diamonds are not metal, and the obvious grammatical error made by saying “known the man” rather than “known to man.”

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Jack Candle
Jack Candle

There was a pretty decent copypasta made from this.

Due to extensive research done by the University of Pittsburgh, diamond has been confirmed as the hardest metal known to man. The research is as follows. Pocket-protected scientists built a wall of iron and crashed a diamond car into it at 400 miles per hour, and the car was unharmed. They then built a wall out of diamond and crashed a car made of iron moving at 400 miles an hour into the wall, and the wall came out fine. They then crashed a diamond car made of 400 miles per hour into a wall, and there were no survivors. They crashed 400 miles per hour into a diamond traveling at iron car. Western New York was powerless for hours. They rammed a wall of metal into a 400 mile per hour made of diamond, and the resulting explosion shifted the earth’s orbit 400 million miles away from the sun, saving the earth from a meteor the size of a small Washington suburb that was hurtling towards mid-western Prussia at 400 billion miles per hour. They shot a diamond made of iron at a car moving at 400 walls per hour, and as a result caused two wayward airplanes to lose track of their bearings, and make a fatal crash with two buildings in downtown New York. They spun 400 miles at diamond into iron per wall. The results were inconclusive. Finally, they placed 400 diamonds per hour in front of a car made of wall traveling at miles per iron, and the result proved without a doubt that diamonds were the hardest metal of all time, if not just the hardest metal known the man.


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