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Skepchick Quickies 6.6

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Mohammed in a tree, it’s all so clear to me now. “Loop squiggle, loop squiggle, line” we never see that in nature. Classic confirmational bias. Its as ridiculous as claiming Mohammed has ham in the middle.

    Wasn’t the french marriage thing about the fact that she’d lied? Marriage is a contract and she’d entered into a deal on a false premise. The ‘proof’ is so suspect, not to mention the “shame” the guy would have felt at having a non-virgin bride with his screwed-up worldview, I would have expected him to stay quiet about any suspicions he might have had. Maybe they were both looking for an “out”?

  2. Whatever divine force it was that wrote Mohammed in that tree needs to learn to write more clearly.

    I don’t know anything about horseshoe crabs but I wonder if what Greg Laden says is true in the comments that the crab was upside down in order to mix the sperm and the eggs? If that is the case and that poor crab’s orgasm was ruined then all the quickies today are depressing :(

  3. Imrryr; Horseshoe crabs spawn (males release their sperm into the water and the females release their eggs) so Greg’s comment was just a joke. In fact, you’re supposed to flip over live horseshoe crabs if you find them because a fair number of them die every year when they get flipped over by waves.

    Whether the chelicerates can orgasm or not, I can say that’s an open area for further research. :)

  4. Thank you for clearing that up for me Laelaps since Biology is not exactly my strongest subject. I’m glad to be assured that I would be rescuing a horseshoe crab from the cruel hand of death by flipping it back over. And it’s also good to know that I wouldn’t be interrupting anything… um… “important”. :)

  5. hahaha… I had the same question about the horseshoe crabs and their reproductive habits.

    See how important it is to try to be factual as much as possible? Poor Greg has now started a lemming-suicide type rumor, that might spread throughout the uneducated masses. (It was funny, though.)

  6. I wonder what made them settle on 15 brides. Clearly one child bride isnt going to stop a tribal war and twenty is surely going to far. I can’t help but wonder if its some kind of sick “seven brides for seven brothers” deal

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