Category Archive: Weirdness

Jun 22 2014

I’d hate to have to get that one past the IRB

In which we learn that kings get to define their own protocols, and that coffee might be good for you. “Coffee drinking was compared with tea drinking in monozygotic twins in 18th century,” Lars Breimer, BMJ, vol. 312, June 15, 1996, p. 1539. The author, at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, …

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Jun 16 2014

Cannibalistic humanoids from the deep

I met Karl Banse, the famous oceanographer, a few times. Back when I started college, I was an oceanography major for a brief while, but then I got introduced to embryos of marine invertebrates and got seduced into developmental biology. I had no idea that he was destined to write a scientific paper on the …

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Jun 12 2014

Weird ways of thinking

Breatharian crank Jasmuheen believes she doesn’t need food or water to live — she claims to absorb nutrients from sunlight and air. She was rather easily exposed, as are all these breatharians, by putting her up in a nice hotel with people to monitor her eating, and observing the subsequent quite rapid deterioration as she …

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Jun 08 2014

I am Power-Mad Drunk on Intoxicating Power!

As many of you may know, just less than a week ago some earnest questions were asked – to the Horde generally – about gender by morgan (frequent, though apparently not current, epitheter of metaphors). morgan’s questions reduced to a more fundamental one: “Why is constructively engaging gender so damn hard?” This is something about …

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Jun 07 2014

Now I’m beginning to wonder if Bigfoot actually exists


If you’ve been reading the Pearls Before Swine comic strip this week, you’d have noticed a dramatic change in the art. There was much speculation about who the substitute artist was, and it has now been revealed: it was Bill Watterson. Whoa. I’m going to put a hint right here that maybe Thomas Pynchon would …

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Jun 03 2014

The usual London traffic problems


Happens all the time when you’re hauling your giant octopus around, and the truck breaks down.

Jun 02 2014

Maybe it is demons

The latest explanation for schizophrenia published in a real journal: Hallucinations are a cardinal positive symptom of schizophrenia which deserves careful study in the hope it will give information about the pathophysiology of the disorder. We thought that many so-called hallucinations in schizophrenia are really illusions related to a real environmental stimulus. One approach to …

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Jun 02 2014

You know who else is bearded & drinks alcohol? ME. Also, Jesus.


Charleston Southern University has fired Professor Paul Roof for allowing his face to appear on a beer bottle. "They said that this was not an image for the Christian environment and that it may seem to students that I am endorsing the use of alcohol," says Roof, who taught at the university for seven years …

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Jun 02 2014

Go home, Wisconsin, you’re drunk


This is a map plotting the ratio of bars to grocery stores across America. What is up with Wisconsin? Do you people need a lot of beer to wash down all that cheese? I notice the brown bleeds over into Minnesota and the Dakotas as well. Maybe it’s an upper midwest thing. Or all the …

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May 31 2014

The devil’s new scheme to DESTROY CIVILIZATION!


The supreme wickedness: gender-neutral bathrooms. Last year, they made the bathrooms in the science building where I work unisex. I should have spotted it as a satanic plot right away. (One thing I’ve already noticed: the formerly women’s restroom smells much nicer.)

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