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This 3-Year-Old Knows Way More About The Periodic Table Than You

Prepare to feel bad about yourself.

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This is Brielle. She's 3 years old, and she can name every element in the periodic table.

She was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday. When Ellen asked if she could read yet, Brielle said "No, not yet, but I'm sounding out words."

Brielle's mum says it only took her about six months to memorise the elements after getting flashcards in April.

The 3-year-old says she also knows all the states and capitals, the countries of Europe and Africa, and the US presidents. Her favourite president is Barack Obama: "He was president when I was born."

Watch Brielle in action and try not to feel too bad about yourself (and look out for when she schools Ellen on her pronunciation of strontium).

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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