String Theory on the Web, Darwin at the Movies

Three points order, valued board of skeptics:

First up, Discover Magazine is having a contest! Shoot a video of yourself explaining String Theory in two minutes or less and you could win . . . well, nothing but bragging rights around the Erlenmeyer flasks Monday morning, but the results should be fun! I’d like to come up with something, but my grasp of the idea is tenuous enough that I doubt I could do as good a job as some of the more scientifically literate out there. If any of you are planning to submit a video, let us know!

Second, reader Dan has tipped us off to a new Darwin movie in the works! He sends us this link to — I poked around the old webosphere but was unable to find any corroborating evidence. The blurb names Master and Commander screenwriter John Collee (promising!) and The Core director Jon Amiel (frightening!).

Third, I nearly forgot to mention that I received my Darwinian pick-up line t-shirts! Sweeeeeeet. Also, Azinyk’s belated valentine for having the winning entry will shortly be to its destination!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. The terms of the contest are rather in the "we own your firstborn children" genre, which dissuades me from putting serious effort into this. Before I read them, however, my first thought was of the wonderful Borat impression my friend Mike does, and what a wonderful premise that could become. "In Kazakhstan, we study theory called loop quantum gravity. Please, you explain: is same as string theory?"

  2. I notice you aren't wearing the really dirty, and consequently really cool, shirt.

    I guess a shirt asking people to come on your face is almost asking for it.

    heh… asking. get it?

  3. I wonder if the SGU folks have a t-shirt with "I have monkeys in my pants" on it.

    Everything can be made good by adding "in my pants" at the end of it. Just imagine using the Law of Attraction to get your farting pony…in my pants.

    See it works!

  4. actually, at "<a rel="nofollow" href="; rel="nofollow">you are dumb" they have a running thread where you take church signs and add "in my pants" to the end.

    Much Hilarity Ensues.

    (edited to add–it's the Presbytarian Pants thread. One of the best: "Worship one God…In my pants!"

  5. Hot picture, Rebecca. I believe I've prematurely subverted my genetic imperative…in my pants.

    Someone really needs to ban me from this discussion. I'll keep kicking that horse long after it's dead.

  6. I nearly chocked to death on my breakfast laughing at the PYGMIES + DWARFS in my pants, thanks thad.

    And there's nothing worse than chocking to death….in my pants.

  7. "Think globally. Act locally…in my pants!"

    Actually, I like the title of the Gogol Bordello song: "Think Locally, Fuck Globally". (In my pants?)

    Now there's a genetic imperative for ya!

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