Never Date a Scientist (Named Phil Plait)

I guess Zach of SMBC won’t be asking out Phil anytime soon.

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.

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  1. Um, I believe at the “flaming through the sky stage” it’s a metor.

    [no formal astronomy education, distant memory of classifications from something:]
    meteoroid = hurtling through space
    metor = decending through atmosphere, leaving trail of super-heated gasses
    meteorite = chunk of rock that has smacked down.

    Why yes, I am married, why do you ask? She’s an English weenie; she studies the discovery of Old English during the 16th century.

  2. My beloved astronomy textbook* agrees with Craig @2 that the flaming through the sky bit of that rock’s career is called a meteor. The meteorite is the part remaining after it crashes through your bedroom roof while you’re tied spreadeagled to the bed while wearing a clown costume, killing you in an amusing, unlikely, and newsworthy, but still fatal, sort of way.

    And this is why I would totally date a scientist, or any other sort of nerd: because in this scenario, I would either die kissing somebody, or arguing geekily technical points with them, or laughing at our mutual geekiness. And really, any of those are a good way to die.

    *Horizons, 9th ed. 2006. Seeds, Michael A. Awesome textbook, and it comes with a cd of extra material that features the Bad Astronomer himself. Man, I loved that class. Better than a whole hippy’s worth of acid for blowing your mind, astronomy is.

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