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COTWWE (Comment o’ the Worst Week EVAH)

Let’s be honest, folks, this week sucked. I don’t mean it sucked in terms of quality on Skepchick, because there were plenty of great posts, especially over on Teen Skepchick. No, this week sucked because The Blue-Collar Scientist died, Robert Lancaster is in the hospital, Doctor Calimari had an asthma attack, the MBTA made my commutes miserable, and a multitude of other things too depressing and/or personal to mention. Oh, but one superstitious culture says today’s a lucky day, so . . . let’s all get drunk and celebrate anyway.

Comment o’ the Week!

Congratulations to jtradke, Kimbo Jones, DMS, GabrielBrawley, laarree, Expatria, and JOHNEA13. All of you wrote posts that made me chuckle, on the two different threads linked. For making me chuckle during an otherwise crap week, you win THINGS THAT MAKE US HAPPY. That’s right, you win an entire thread of comments filled with links to things that make you, me, and the rest of Skepchick.org laugh.

That means that the rest of you readers should post your links in the comments — please make use of videos, pictures, blogs, whatever. Just make it funny, and bonus points if it’s skeptical, too. My first contribution is after the jump.

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Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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  1. Gabrielbrawley Whoops, I’ve fixed the link. Yes, you belong there!

    Protesilaus, of course we remember that, Skepchick totally broke it! I was just venting and leaving off the good news we talked about this week: Phil & the JREF, Randi’s birthday, and all the events going on. It’s been a rollercoaster, really, as opposed to a mudslide.

  2. Here are some of my favorite funny things on YouTube:

    A Dramatic Look – I can watch this over and over, and it gets me every time.

    White and Nerdy – Weird Al is a genius.

    A Date With Your Family – MST3K, so awesome.

    Ricky Gervais talks about the Bible – Brilliant.

    Graham Chapman’s memorial service – This is either appropriate or not, since it’s a memorial service filled with humor during a week filled with disaster. But I find it both funny and uplifting.

  3. I think that the reason I was so good at math in elementary school was because I was afraid that if I got the answer wrong I would be eaten by a giant tornado.

    And it goes without saying that in the early 90’s the best way to get kids interested in math was to have The Fat Boys rap about numbers, like they do here.

    And Saganist, MST3k is indeed awesome :)

  4. Since my wife suggested it, and then Rebecca asked for it, here’s the above design on a T-Shirt. I’d suggest buying one before the BBC sics its lawyers on me.

    Ha ha, awesome! Thanks LBB, I may invest in one of those soon.

    Keep up the funny, everyone. I look forward to poring over these as soon as I get the chance for a pick-me-up.

  5. Just one last short one: When it came time to translate the TV show ‘Duck Tales’ into the Hindi language the people working on the opening theme song apparently gave up on trying to translate word combinations like “duck blur” and “duck world”. I can’t help but feel that India is worse off for this, but at least their children didn’t miss out on that awesome show.

  6. “White and Nerdy – Weird Al is a genius.”

    I am so out of touch with what the kids are listening to these days. I haven’t a clue what popular song Weird Al is parodying. :-(

  7. The dialogue which has transpired here made me smile. . . after my head recovered from being all asploded.

    You probably don’t remember signing my copy of Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading at MIT in October 2001. It was the only book I had on me that evening, and Peter David autographed it with the notation, “I only signed this because Neil did.”

    Me:

    Bizarrely, I do remember that. I’ve only signed a few other-people’s books over the years. And that MIT signing with Harlan is imprinted on the back of my head. It was weird.

    — Neil Gaiman

  8. There’s obviously some great stuff here. I’ll have to check it all out after work. But I really want to contribute something, so…

    I recently found a nice, hardcover, bound version of the Journal of Irreproducible Results at a used book store. The first article refers to “Skinner’s Constant.”

    Skinner’s Constant is “that quantity which, when multiplied by, divided by, added to, or subtracted from the answer you get, gives you the answer you should have gotten.”

    My math grades would have been so much better if I knew about this in school. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t say what the symbol for Skinner’s Constant is. Maybe a question mark?

  9. I want to second Gabrielbrawley. Radio Lab is a great show, and that episode in particular is very worth listening to. it’s a recording of a commencement speech that one of the hosts gave at Caltech, urging the graduates to tell stories about their science to interest non-sciencey types. Very engaging and funny, and a good message.

  10. A unicorn-flavored amusement for you, dear Rebecca (although I am nearly certain that you have seen this before): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQJD1ura7G4

    and a bit of bizarrie filmed in the dank basement of a church: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi8beYR1iBQ

    And, nearly last but not least, I believe I have discovered the sidewalk from which Wookiees are generated (correct me if I am wrongue): http://homepage.mac.com/laarree/.Pictures/wookiee_plant.jpg

    and a man who hath an subtly unspeakable yet copious talent: http://homepage.mac.com/laarree/.Pictures/monsieur_giclee.jpg

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