Vaccines: Now your kids won’t die.
"Scientists make mistakes" - Carl Sagan
When you’re watching the latest episodes of It’s Okay To Be Smart, I know what you’re thinking:
This guy’s got it together. He just nails it. He must never mess up, what a true professional. All that science, just flowing so effortlessly from his lips, like a cool mountain stream of discovery.
Spoiler alert: not true. I mess up a lot. And I think it’s pretty funny when I do. So, let’s all have a laugh at my expense with this, the first installment (because I am going to mess up a lot more) of IOTBS Bloopers.
Enjoy! I’ll be over here, blushing while everyone points and laughs.
Amazing Stories, February, 1940
Pretty sure I saw this on a Beck album once.
"Evolution is caused, science says, by cosmic rays bombarding Earth from outer space."
That is not at all how it works. But it’s definitely hilarious.
Life would definitely be different without Earth’s magnetic field, though. Because we we wouldn’t have an atmosphere, which I happen to enjoy having. This is why Mars, with no magnetic field, no longer has much atmosphere. It was stripped away by the solar wind.
Kyle Hill has written up a new coroner’s report on one Bernie Lomax, 25 years deceased, based on more rigorous scientific analysis of why the guy didn’t decompose or enter rigor mortis:
Witnesses report that the body of the victim was not stiff, indeed, it was flexible enough to be carried around as if walking, dragged behind a boat, and finally flipped off a gurney to be buried in the sand by a small child. To achieve this ease of motion during the time the witnesses Wilson and Parker were in possession of the body, they could have used the same technique that butchers use to make sure recently refrigerated meat does not undergo rigor mortis. It is the opinion of this investigator that the witnesses applied alternating electric current to the body, in effect tenderizing the victim.
Sounds like a couple happy-go-lucky vacationers may have some Geneva convention violations on their hands.
(Read the whole, hilarious thing at Scientific American)
Monty Python’s John Cleese almost explains our brains. In more serious – but no less humorous – insight, see Cleese on 5 factors to make your life more creative.
It makes so much sense!