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Do these names scream textbook K-pop or just textbook?

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The Toughest Flashcard Quiz Since Your SATs

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When it comes to acronyms, K-pop does NOT mess around. The genre’s top acts include SNSD, 2PM, B2ST, ZE:A—wait, is this an alphabet game?!

K-pop agencies have gotten downright creative with their artists’ names to the point where we're imagining our favorite groups on The Periodic Table. See if you can tell the difference between a Korean act and scientific terminology. Chances are you'll be scratching your head over the jumbled up letters.

Take notes on which terms are Bunsen burner-approved—it could be the difference between an 'A' or an 'F' on your next lab report!

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K-Pop Band!

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 24: Lee Chae-Rin (CL) of South Korean girl group 2NE1 performs during the Pantech 'Vega R3' sm
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Combine "21st century" and "New Evolution," and we have ourselves powerhouse girl group 2NE1 (pronounced '21'), the "New Evolution of the 21st Century."

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K-Pop Band!

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 30: Members of South Korean girl group AOA (Ace of Angels) pose for media during the opening of his
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Pop-dance group AOA take their name from "Ace of Angels."

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K-Pop Band!

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 26: South Korean boy band A-JAX perform on stage the MBC Music 'Show Champion' at AX Korea on June
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Originally named DSP Boyz, this seven-member band changed its name to A-JAX (pronounced 'ay-jacks') in reference to the mythological Greek war hero, Ajax.

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Science Term!

Bad Science
Kris Hanke

Short for X Image Extension, XIE refers to a graphics extension used in the X Windows computer system to enhance image display.

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K-Pop Band!

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 29: Kim Hyung-Jun of South Korean boy band  perform on stage during the opening of his 2rd solo alb
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SS501's band name is a tad complicated -- the two S's stand for "Superstar" and "Singer," while "501" refers to "five united as one."

As for pronunciation, SS501 = "double-S five-oh-one."

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Science Term!

Bad Science
Kris Hanke

The A-SCAT, or Advanced Scatterometer, is an instrument that measures ocean roughness.

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Science Term!

Happy mad scientist
JOSE JUAN GARCIA

Popular girl's name it may be, but this ERICA was actually a field study (The Experiment on Rapidly Intensifying Cyclones over the Atlantic) conducted in 1988.

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K-Pop Band!

INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 13: Members of f(x) perform onstage during the Incheon Korean Wave Festival 2011 at Incheon Wor
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Forget math! f(x) in K-pop language (pronounced 'F-X') refers to a quintet whose members, if plugged into the equation for "x," each produce a different skill.

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K-Pop Band!

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 19: South Korean idol group B1A4 perform on stage during the 21st High1 Seoul Music Awards at Ol
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In many Asian cultures, blood type is often used to predict a person's character and compatibility with others.

B1A4 refers to the group's four Type A members and one lone Type B member, while also being short for "Be the one, all for one."

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K-Pop Band!

Members of SKorea's K-pop band B.A.P perform during a concert held at Hanoi's My Dinh stadium on November 29, 2012. Seventeen
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Six-member hip hop group B.A.P, pronounced as letters, are the "Best Absolute Perfect."

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Science Term!

Happy mad scientist
JOSE JUAN GARCIA

BAPMoN might sound like some sort of superhero, but it's short for the Background Air Pollution Monitoring Network, a World Meteorological Organization program.

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Science Term!

Bad Science
Kris Hanke

Not to be confused with J-pop (Japanese pop music), JPOP is an acronym for Japanese Polar Orbiting Platform.

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Science Term!

Happy mad scientist
JOSE JUAN GARCIA

The ALEXI model, or Atmospheric Land EXchange Inversion model, was a tool used for a University of Wisconsin study.

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K-Pop Band!

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 29: Members of boy band EXO-K and EXO-M arrive at the 2012 SBS Korea Pop Music Festival named '
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Boasting a whopping 12 members hailing from both South Korea and China, EXO (pronounced 'ex-oh') promote themselves separately as EXO-K and EXO-M.

The group's name refers to "exoplanets," or planets found outside the Solar System.

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K-Pop Band!

IRVINE, CA - OCTOBER 13: A Convention And Concert Celebrating All Things Hallyu (aka The Korean Wave) at Verizon Wireless Amp
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Birthed from a reality competition, VIXX (pronounced 'vicks') represents "Voice, Visual, Value in eXcelsis."

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K-Pop Band!

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 07: Kim Jun-Su and Kim Jae-Joong and Micky of JYJ arrives for the Asia Pacific Actors Network (A
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After breaking off from their original group due to agency disagreements, members Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu combined the first letter of their names to form JYJ.

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K-Pop Band!

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 29: South Korean singer IU attends the 2012 SBS Korea Pop Music Festival named 'The Color Of K-
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Although not a band, IU has a vocal range so impressive that she's stellar enough on her own. Lee Ji Eun derives her stage name from the phrase "I and You" to symbolize connecting with people through music.

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Science Term!

Bad Science
Kris Hanke

The Global Ocean Observing System, or GOOS, provides info and analysis on the present state of the oceans.

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K-Pop Band!

(L-R) Han Seung-yeon, Nicole Jung, Koo Hara, Park Gyuri, Kang Jiyoung of South Korean all-girl pop group Kara pose with the n
YOSHIKAZU TSUNO

KARA (pronounced 'kah-rah') get their name from the Greek word "chara," which means "joy and delight."

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Science Term!

Happy mad scientist
JOSE JUAN GARCIA

Another science term disguised as a girl's name—sorry, but there's nothing cute about CARA, the Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica.

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K-Pop Band!

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 07: Member of South Korean boy band MBLAQ performs onstage during the Samsung Galaxy SIII Stadium
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MBLAQ (pronounced 'em-black') is an acronym for "Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality."

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Science Term!

Bad Science
Kris Hanke

IV&V, or Independent Verification and Validation, is a program founded by NASA.

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Science Term!

Happy mad scientist
JOSE JUAN GARCIA

SLIES is short for Stratospheric Limb Infrared Emission Spectrometer. Say that five times fast!

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Both!

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 11: South Korean idol group Big Bang perform on the stage during a concert at the K-POP Fashion Co
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Big Bang can either refer to a) The Big Bang Theory, or b) one of the biggest acts in K-pop history.

BIGBANG, who actually got their name from the scientific term, debuted with hopes of exploding into the music industry—and boy, did they.

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