Skepchick Quickies 11.19

I’m nowhere near as good at the Quickies as Jen and Amanda, but I shall attempt with a late entry today! Enjoy.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at 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. On the stem cell windpipe: “They have created a functional, biological structure that can’t be rejected,” said Dr. Allan Kirk of the American Society of Transplantation. “It’s an important advance, but constructing an entire organ is still a long way off.”

    Start saving your money now if you want a third arm! It’s a long way off, but it will be expensive.

    Hmmm…maybe I’ll start an internet fraud – I mean “firm” – that helps people save money for future stem-cell enhancements.

  2. The wind pipe story is so very cool. I’ve been immersed in neck cancer and surgery issues the past five months and have come across a number of folk who’ve had permanent tracheotomies as a result of invasive cancer. This is really good news and hopefully some thing that will be reasonably affordable and effective.

  3. As a result of this flailing economy, not only should the right-wing nonprofits have to cut jobs, but they should also be subject to the wave of mergers and acquisitions … For example, merge Focus on the Family with Oral Roberts University and you could have “Focus on the Oral.” Now that’s an organization I could get behind (or in front of).

  4. Nobel laureates are great, but I say James Randi for Secretary of State … there is a perhaps apocryphal story about Robert Houdin who on behalf of the French government which to a troublesome colony (Algeria, I think) and demonstrated (among other “miracles”) bullet catching for the religious leadership. The locals, for better or worse, were far less keen on revolting after that. Think of all the wars we could avert …

    Besides, wouldn’t you just love to see Secretary Randi and Under Secretary Jillette bending cutlery at state events or doing a pickpocket routine on various Presidents. I say don’t let our foreign policy be merely adequate … making Amazing. I’m not James Randi and I have no idea whether or not he would approve this message.

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