Skepchick Quickies, 10.27
- Use it or lose it: a study of sex in one’s later years. (Thanks to hotphysicsboy.)
- Psychologists have used hypnosis to give people the ability to see numbers as colors. (Thanks, Steve.)
- Genetically modified tomatoes can keep cancer at bay: “… food scientists are trying to modify crop plants to give us a bigger dose of helpful chemicals in those items that we do eat.”
- Muppet heir Brian Henson creates a new digital-animation technology to get preschoolers pumped about science.
- Emory workshop teaches teachers how to teach evolution: “Some students burst into tears when a high school biology told them theyâ€™d be studying evolution. Another teacher said some students repeatedly screamed â€œnoâ€ when he began talking about it.”
Yay purple tomatoes! I would try those!
mmmm…. old people sex lol
Tomatoes are gross and should never be eaten by anybody at any time for any reason. We as a species should work to drive these vegetable-wannabes to the edge of extinction in order to teach them to stop being so wishy-washy and gross.
Hey tomatoes! Which is it? Fruit or vegetable? We’re at war, pick a side!
Okay, a couple days ago you had a quickie about the research institute I’m sat in (Institute of Food Research, Norwich) now you have a quickie about the one I can see out of the window (John Innes Centre, Norwich). Are one of you guys stalking me? If so, come over. I have coffee.
That should be “Is one of you guys”. I’ve just been watching Stephen Fry. I can’t let that sort of thing slide.
@Some Canadian Skeptic: Ha, I can’t believe you wrote “We’re at war, pick a side!” I like to paint pottery every now and again, and the best thing I ever did was a bowl that featured a war between fruits and vegetables, and on the inside was a big tomato, crying and saying “Whyyyyyy?!” He just wanted the madness to stop. :(
@Rebecca: That. Sounds. Awesome!!!
Sorry, no tomatoes = no marinara sauce, ketchup, etc. I can’t back THAT! :-o
Re: Emory Workshop – Anyone that “bursts into tears” about learning something basic in the sciences like evolution needs to grow up.
@HotPhysicsBoy: Laugh now – you may not be laughing in another 30 years or so.
Tomato is not a vegetable. Pluto is not a planet. Prop 8 is discriminatory, and God probably doesn’t exist. Now get on with your lives.
…Someone should put THAT on the side of a UK bus.
genetically modified tomatoes and cancer? I believe this has already been studied in depth: http://www.blog.speculist.com/archives/Bart_tomaccos.jpg
I like the Brian Henson link. It is nice to read hopeful things. I was watching “Time Warp” last night thinking about how the Mythbusters’ success has spawned other pro-science shows. Now I can watch Mythbusters, Time Warp, Prototype This, Food Detectives and Smash Lab. None are as good as Mythbusters but they are new and are finding their way. I hope that the audience stays strong and spawns ever more shows that are pro-science, pro-skeptic and anti-superstion.
It’s astounding, time is fleeting
Madness takes its toll
But listen closely, not for very much longer
I’ve got to keep control
Excuse me? Marinara and Ketchup bubble up from the ground. It’s red. red is a food.
Like purple. Purple’s a fruit.
So is Orange.
Incidentally, since I immediatley relegate everything that is red to be a food by virtue of only its colour, I am obliged by court order to advise you to not eat any Valentine’s Day gifts from me. It could be cinamon hearts, but it could also be blood. Tainted with Red DIE #7.
lol- hopefully i will be hotphysicsman at that point. either that or the methuselah foundation will have found the anti-aging mechanism(s) they so desperately seek. that way i could at least put it off for a little while longer lol
@Some Canadian Skeptic: Be careful about dissing tomatoes. You might get more than you bargained for.
@themadlolscientist: I wonder if you had heard about the remake they are making of that film. It is currently being written by the duo who write “Ask a Ninja.”
Would you believe that when I was a kid, my parents thought that film was too inapropriate for me to watch? That film, and Little Shop of Horrors (the 1986 version with Rick Moranis).
Too inapropriate! Meanwhile, they let me watch Night Court whenever it came on (I still am trying to find the DVD’s).
Nope, hadn’t heard about the remake. That’s bound to be another of the best worst-flicks-ever.
I understand there are 3 sequels. I’ve only seen the original, but I’ve managed to track down “Return of the Killer Tomatoes” via torrent. Still looking for “The Killer Tomatoes Strike Back” and “The Killer Tomatoes Eat France.”
I first saw Attack when my son was about a week old and my sleep had gone all to hell ‘cuz he was hungry 24/7. It was on around 2am one night. I ROFLd so hard, I woke my ex up 2 rooms away.
I grew up watching cheesy monster movies, Twilight Zone, and Outer Limits on TV every Saturday afternoon. They used to freak my mom out. She always used to leave the room when they came on. My sister couldn’t watch them either – she’d get nightmares, which was not a good thing ‘cuz we shared a bedroom. But I just ate that stuff up.
I don’t like modern “horror” flicks though. They’re nothing but a bunch of “let’s see how much gore and guts we can throw around this time.” And the formula never seems to change.
It is a Dark and Stormy Night(TM). A half-dozen people do Something Really, REALLY Stupid(TM) and let loose Something Mean and Nasty(TM). Then they start dying.
First the Foreign Guy/Native Guide With Only One Name(TM) gets it. (Of course he has to get it. Otherwise the rest of the gang wouldn’t get even more lost and do Something Else Really, REALLY Stupid(TM) and screw things up worse. Besides, we were all getting tired of him nagging and bitching and warning us about Something Mean and Nasty(TM) that Civilized People(TM) know doesn’t exist.)
Then the Blonde(TM) gets it. (Serves her right for wearing High Heels(TM) in the Wilderness(TM).)
Then the Black Guy(TM) gets it. (We never find out why. Maybe it’s part of his contract because the actor was smart enough to stipulate that he’d get killed in this one so he wouldn’t have to make a Sequel(TM).)
Then the Evil Megalomaniac With the God Complex(TM) Who Created the Something Mean and Nasty(TM) in the First Place gets it. (I guess he had it coming, the bastard.)
Then the Something Mean and Nasty(TM) gets set on fire and burned up by the Two People Who Are Left (TM), who escape to Safety(TM) and swear they’ll never go back there again until the Producer(TM) offers them 10 times as much Money(TM) to do a Sequel(TM).
Oh, and somewhere in the middle of all this, the Dog(TM) gets it. (What do you expect when you Bark Hysterically(TM) when there’s Something Mean and Nasty(TM) on the loose? You wouldn’t catch a Cat(TM) doing such a Stupid Thing(TM)!)
Just once I’d like to see all the people who ordinarily get killed be the ones to survive. And the Something Mean and Nasty(TM) turn out to be not Mean and Nasty after all, just misunderstood and actually a Very Nice Monster (TM) once you get to know him.
That’s my Story(TM), and I’m sticking to it. YMMV; AWYSB(TM).
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