Skepchick Quickies – Weekend Edition, 5.10

So I intended to post Quickies on the weekends ever since there were Quickies, but I’ve kind of sucked at that so far. Since my life has quieted down a bit, I think I can handle it now. Plus, our readers have proved to be awesome at sending in links, so we have plenty to share. Remember, if you come across something you’d like to see in the Quickies, you can submit it via the contact form.

  • A journalist (the Infiltrator) calls some pet psychics about his imaginary dog. A preview:
  • I believe that my dog was President John F. Kennedy in a past life. Is this true?

    Pet Psychic 8: There’s a real controversy when animals talk about whether they were a person before. And, I have to tell you, they do that a lot. They say they were nuns, or priests, or warriors. They are not necessarily lying.

    Infiltrator: [Getting annoyed.] So was my dog JFK or not?

    PP8: [Pause.] Harmon wasn’t exactly reincarnated into the president. But their energies really aligned and merged as one.

  • Man sees image of Virgin Mary in motorcycle-accident wound. (Thanks, Emory!)
  • Theoretical physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed talks extra dimensions and string theory. (Thanks, Mike!)
  • Oh, and we missed World Naked Gardening Day. Well, feel free to participate anyway. In your own, privacy-fenced backyard. (By the way, the link is probably NSFW.)


Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. Harmon wasn’t exactly reincarnated into the president. But their energies really aligned and merged as one.

    What the crap is that supposed to mean? Seriously. Maybe Harmon was, in a past life, the bullet that killed JFK. Talk about energies merging as one, eh?

    Frickin’ psychics.

  2. While I’m all in support of more nakedness, I just can’t support naked gardening. My reasons are similar to the reason I don’t support frying food while naked.

  3. You don’t want to know what came to mind when I saw that motorcycle wound. It wasn’t no Virgin Mary.

  4. Well I hope A Kovacs is reading so she can include NG Day in the calendars.
    Me? I’m naked in my backyard a lot. Reading in the hammock, sitting in the hot tub, mowing the grass. Don’t have a garden, though.

  5. I’m with AgnosticOracle. Most of my gardening involves a weedeater, chainsaw, ax, and/or shovel, the danger of garden bits hitting my bits at high velocity makes me unwilling to remove my protective layer.

    And what about sunburn? In Memphis it only takes about 10 minutes to go from tan to crispy. I don’t want my tenders fried!

    And the dogs? It’s irritating enough to have the dog start sniffing my crotch when I am clothed…I’ll stop there…

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