Quickies

Skepchick Quickies 9.17

  • Nova Scotia garlic farmer wards off high speed internet – He’s afraid that a microwave tower for high speed wireless internet will “shake up the molecules” of his garlic and change its DNA. From Shawn and Craig.
  • Interview with Hemant Mehta – That Hemant, he’s so friendly. And he’s got great taste in blogs, too.
  • Man vs. God – Karen Armstrong and Richard Dawkins give their answers to “Where does evolution leave God?” in the WSJ. From Kaylia.
  • Boob-adolia? – I have no idea whether to tag this safe for work or not. I promise it’s 100% free of actual boobs, though. From Pete.

Amanda

Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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22 Comments

  1. @QuestionAuthority: Just think of the horror of mutant garlic! And you know there’s got to be spiders on garlic plants, too, so Nova Scotia could end up overrun with mutant web-slinging garlic bulbs wearing weird spandex outfits and filled with emo angst.

  2. @Amanda: I think his biggest concern is that the consumers of his organic garlic might no longer view his product as unsullied.

    Or, he might be worried that the mutant garlic will no longer ward off vampires. Mind you, spandex wearing spiders probably would.

  3. All pages on Wikipedia covering spectroscopy from NMR to rotational (microwove) to infrared (vibrational) need to carry, in big letter, the statement;

    “THE ENERGIES INVOLVED IN THE LIGHT OF THESE WAVELENGTHS IS FAR TOO LITTLE TO ALTER MOLECULES IN ANY PERMANENT OR DISCERNIBLE WAY.”

    As they sure as hell aren’t going to magically stumble onto the Ionizing Radiation page (much less grok that a sunburn is caused by ionizing radiation) before they go off spouting nonsense.

  4. @Amanda: @MiddleMan:

    My first COTW Noms!!!

    @FFFearlesss: Indeed. We talked a bit about it at the Skeptics Without A Cause dinner last night. Even though Armstrong tends to oversimplify the way those old timey peoples thought about religion, her concept (the God as concept rather than literal dude with beard) is interesting.

    The group talked about what roles religion and God (gods) play n the lives of people… and whether or not they are still needed to do so. this led to a conversation about superstition… is the average person more of less superstitious than they used to be (say a hundred years ago) or just superstitious about different things and in different ways…

  5. @Amanda: I just spit out my milk! I must offer one suggestion, tho:

    How about mutant web-slinging garlic bulbs wearing weird spandex outfits filled with BOOBS?!?

    Magical .boobie. mushroom

    he he he

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