Skepchick Quickies 3.30

Skepchick Quickies 3.30
Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.


  1. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies's editor in chief is Edzard Ernst. I thought that he was a CAM practitioner turned skeptic. Hasn't he mostly been devoted to exposing methodological flaws in CAM research?

  2. Amanda,
    That thing about the insects in Missouri is kind of interesting.  Insects are some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth.

  3. The baby pygmy hippo is so absolutely adorable!  Mostly, though, it just makes me think that this childhood dream could possibly be true someday.  My grandkids will have house hippos!

  4. "Fascinating but a little disgusting," as my 7-y-o niece said while observing a carrion beetle at work on a dead frog.  (We didn't know what kind of beetle it was, black with 2 yellow spots on its back, about 1 to 1.5 cm long.  She looked it up in a nature book and declared it to be a carrion beetle.)

  5. The Oatmeal forgot a detail — Stalin originally studied to become a priest.  I would argue that Stalin used his knowledge to make the State Religion of the USSR the State itself.

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