Amanda Marcotte’s in Boston & COTW is Here!

First of all, I’d like to plug the coming together of two forces of awesome: Amanda Marcotte and the crew of Boston Skeptics.

This Monday (April 26), Amanda will be at The Brattle Theatre to talk about her new book, Get Opinionated: A Progressive’s Guide to Finding Your Voice (and Taking a Little Action). She’ll be discussing several topics of interest to skeptics, like why science should matter in politics, the political aspects of the anti-vaccination movement, and the creation of scientific “controversies” in the media. Find more info on or RSVP on Facebook!

Second of all, it’s Comment o’ the Week!

Since my week was trashed by a big stupid volcano, I laughed especially hard at this contribution from Bjornar, which should go into Urban Dictionary immediately:

I thought a dirty thunderstorm was a threesome including a man, a woman and a vandergraaf-generator…

Congratulations, Bjornar, and happy Friday to everyone! MMCL.

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. Dirty thunderstorm is already in the Urban Dictionary with several different definitions, none of them involving vandergraaf-generators.

    Perhaps we should add one to the list.

  2. @Narvi
    That is so wrong.
    Has anyone here tried this before and prepared to admit it?
    What other nasty filth have people done when breaking up?

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