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Skepchick Quickies 8.13

Amanda

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

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  1. I heard about the Tulsa/mayor/zoo debacle yesterday on the local radio station. The announcer said, “It’s a fine idea – let’s put it between the Unicorn exhibiti and the Ooompa-Loompah cove. And if there’s no room for all that, just pull out all the monkeys – yah know, just to be safe, so someone doesn’t look at them, then look at themselves, and get any ideas.”

    Separation of church and state? But no. The scary part will be if she wins…

  2. My biggest issue with the Self editor is her assertion that they edited the photo “Only to make her look her personal best. ” It actually wasn’t the model’s personal best- it was the editor’s personal best. But what can you expect from someone who photoshops their marathon pictures? BTW, the pictures of me when I finished a marathon were not my best (or pretty). When my mother told me as much, I told her it was a good thing- otherwise who would believe I had worked hard at it?

    I expected Jesus to be the Ghostbuster when I clicked the link. I was pleasantly surprised.

  3. Hi there!

    I was JUST HAVING the nipple conversation with one of my female friends recently after having seen the ad for the magical nipple-hiding bra! She maintained that there are just times when it’s inappropriate for a woman to be flashing her high-beams for everyone to see. (e.g. board meeting, teaching grade school, etc)

    I disagreed, but then of course I got into the whole nipple conversation from the movie Scrooged, and it went downhill from there. :( By the time I just offered to follow my friend around and keep my hands on her breasts to cover her nipples, my wife was already changing the subject. :(

    But I’m definitely pro-nipple. [nods]

  4. @Thermy: I want know if time goes backwards on WASp-17 as it did in “Superman I.” ;-)

    @Zoltan: I’m glad that announcer gave it the “respect” that the subject deserves. I just hope that he/she can keep their job after saying that on the air in the Bibble Belt. And yes, the misspelling is deliberate.

    @Draconius: Count me in as “pro-nipple, too”

  5. The Oompa-Loompa cove should be used to house the creationism exhibit:

    Oompa Loompa Doompa Dee Doo
    God is watching everything you do.
    Oompa Loompa Trompety Turn
    You’d best believe or You’re going to burn

    Who do you blame when your kid reads a book
    Science can’t hurt him he’ll just take a look
    Its all your fault when he wants things explained
    It was your job to hollow out his brain.

  6. RE: The Creationist Mayor. I love this quote:

    “I think she stands up very strong for her beliefs. And, I think by doing this she shows that. And, I think that’s good. We need a mayor that comes up and is strong about their opinion and is not afraid to express their opinion,” said Creationism supporter Angela Childress.

    Of course nobody (on either side of any debate) ever fills in the rest of that sentence: “We need a mayor who is not afraid to express their opinion… so long as it happens to be an opinion we agree with.” I’m sure little Miss Angela wouldn’t be so keen on a person with strong opinions if they, say, DIDNT’ want the creationist exhibit at the zoo.

  7. I remember watching some discovery/TLC show about a man getting breast implants prior to a sex change. He had visible nipples right up til the moment they showed putting him back together. Suddenly his nipples blurred. Dude, you’re really a woman now!

  8. @SKrap:

    Oompa Loompa Doompa Dee Doo
    God is watching everything you do.
    Oompa Loompa Trompety Turn
    You’d best believe or You’re going to burn

    Who do you blame when your kid reads a book
    Science can’t hurt him he’ll just take a look
    Its all your fault when he wants things explained
    It was your job to hollow out his brain.

    The way that the Mayor does.

  9. @spellwight: I remember watching the reverse happen on a reality show based on plastic surgeons.

    Before picture: Patient’s breasts with blurred nipples.

    After picture: Breasts removed, but now the nipples were considered OK to show on TV

    They were the same damn nipples! Just with less “real estate” under them. This kind of censorship makes no sense…

  10. I can’t think of the exact quote, but all I can think of here is Lewis Black’s routine from the Carnegie Hall set where he was told he couldn’t say “nipple” in front of Laura Bush – but President Bush wouldn’t have minded at all.

  11. As described on the Entertainment Earth page:

    Invite a vampire into your home!

    I’ve heard of worse ideas, but this one’s up there.

    Based on designs straight from the smash film!

    Smash! There goes my brain.

    Add to your collection!

    Unfortunately, because I find so much of this merchandise to be hilarious, I do have a small collection to add this to. *hangs head in shame*

    Now the exoplanet… that’s pretty awesome stuff. Stranger than fiction Star Trek.

  12. @FFFearlesss: I did a double-take at that quote, too. Plus, I like the way they point out that Miss Angela is a “creationism supporter.” I guess that explains the elementary school English of her response. I mean, I don’t know about you, but once I took my first real science class (around about 7th grade) I was totally over that whole sky-god created the world thing.

    As David Sedaris says, “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” Shameless plug for one of the funniest men on the planet. And that’s coming from a straight guy, who’s also totally over the whole nipple thing. Let em’ fly, girls (and guys without man-boobs).

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