First off, today’s fascinating links:
- Forget crop circles, try sheep circles. Best quote: “I think there was a chap in Yorkshire who spelled out ‘will you marry me’ to his girlfriend in sheep by putting feed down.” My own proposal seems to pale in comparison.
- Jesus and Mo on the healing power of prayer. Ah yes, how else could one get over a cold in a few days?
- Naked mole rats are even creepier than they look. According to the article they, “are invulnerable to the pain of acid and the sting of chili peppers.” Obviously, they make homeopathic remedies in their burrows in order to achieve such invulnerability.
- Last but certainly not least Thus Spake Zuska has two interesting posts on women, science, and blogging.
And now to introduce myself.
My name’s Amanda and obviously I’ll be helping Jen with the daily links. I’ll be posting videos as well. I’m very excited to be here since my skepticism, feminism, and atheism are all very important to me. Let’s see, other random tidbits… I am most familiar with biology and anthropology and I do have some training in forensics. No, I don’t know kung fu or how to shoot a handgun despite what CSI might tell you. I do love anatomy and history of science.
My most common personal encounter with woowoo is due to my being a sufferer of migraines. Every single quack remedy out there has been thrown at me. My favorite is when people recommend acupuncture, knowing full well I have a fear of needles.
As for other hobbies, I am podcast addicted, enjoy cooking, and I knit.
Since I like to go out with a bang, I’ll leave you with a couple of videos from Wired Science that will appeal to the pyromaniac in all of us. I am lucky enough to have performed both of these experiments in high school chemistry lab.
In the first one, it seems a bit foolhardy to have one’s face and hands so close to a flaming ball of moss spores. As for the second, a gummy bear funeral pyre should really be performed a bit more dramatically. It’s both more melodramatic and safer to tie the bear to a string and slowly lower it to its glorious death.