When it comes to keeping our bodies free of dangerous toxins, keeping our food safe, and living in harmony with the environment (whatever that may mean?), there’s plenty to keep an eye out for. But be careful. There’s a fine line between public health and chemical fear-mongering.
Actually, it’s not that fine of a line. Big, complicated chemical names can look scary, and there are a lot of people out there ready to take advantage of that fact. This is where basic education can help, so people can learn that chemicals, per se, are nothing to fear. Because … well, everything is made of them.
Just look how far some people take it:
If you’ve got chemical-free kids, all I can say is wow. What ARE they made of then?
Reminds me of the hilarious efforts to ban dihydrogen monoxide.
Fact: if you sleep with a Carl Sagan book under your pillow, you wake up smarter through the process of cosmosis.
(Shamelessly stolen from David Grinspoon on Twitter)
Over at The Guardian, scientists have submitted a whole bunch of delightfully awful science jokes. Use them at your next party to impress/drive people away!
A couple of my favorites:
What is a physicist’s favourite food?
There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary, and those who don’t.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
You have no idea how badly I wish this was real. Triscuits are my favorite cracker. Imagine if they had another dimension!
“At the moment, this hyperwafer can only exist for six milliseconds in a precisely calibrated field of magnetic energy, positrons, roasted garlic, and beta particles,” lab chief Dr. Paul Ellison told reporters at a press conference outside Nabisco’s $200 million seven-whole-grain accelerator.
(via The Onion)
Source: The Onion
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