Skepchick Quickies, 11.18


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. RE: The Goat.

    Yet another example of how evolutionary science is completely making this stuff up and the reason we should all embrace Intelligent Design…

    Okay wipe the blood out of your eyes, just kidding. Actually this is yet another example of how evolutionary science is perhaps the most mind-blowing and wonder-filled science out there… at least for the tangible sciences (sorry, String Theory). I can’t tell you how many times I just stopped and said, “Wow, fucking WOW” while reading Dawkins’ “The Ancestors Tale”. It was chock full of stories of amazing evolutionary leaps like this one. I have no doubt that if it had been published a year from now, the goat would be in it.

  2. When I clicked the link for the Planetary icosahedrons, an ad window opened behind the main window with the wonderful fake “Google is hiring people to work from home!!!one1!” advert.
    I’m so excited! I’m so scared!

  3. Check out the comments!

    “Beauty products commonly contain placenta. He should have just gone to the cosmetics counter and read the labels.”

    Really? Well, mine don’t have placenta in them, but perhaps I’m buying off of the wrong counter…

  4. I disagree about the goat!

    The species persisted for 5 million years, an adequately successful span of time) and the cause of extinction wasn’t given but apparently wasn’t directly because of its metabolic adaption.

  5. @baiskeptic:

    No, I think he is …

    I do think it’s funny how someone on the comments thries to rationalize this.
    True, placenta’s do contain hormones and probably even stem cells, and hey, maybe they do something.
    But since your skin isn’t really very good at absorbing stuff (as it’s mostly meant to keep stuff out of the body), it seems like eating the placenta will probably get more hormones to the right spot than massaging it onto the skin.

  6. Back when Google could be used to search usenet newsgroups effectively, I was able to dredge up a gem from, I think, the late eighties that went something like:

    “I know three people who claim to have eaten human placenta. All three have written device drivers for Unix. I do not think this is a coincidence.”

  7. Don’t get me wrong, icosahedra are super cool, but why would I do some really fiddly work just to get a wildly inaccurate representation of a celestial object.

    Oh, is Earth a celestial object? And if not, is there a term for all of the big round things in our universe that includes Earth?

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