Skepchick Quickies 12.31


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

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  1. Over the years, our immune systems are exposed to many kinds of pathogens. The older we get, the more practice our immune systems have. And yet, the older we get, the more susceptible to disease we are. Looking at it that way, the weirdest indicator of risk of health problems is old age.

  2. That asparagus experiment was infamous at my high school. Mr. Roth, the biology teacher, did it every year. After many years he started to wonder what the pure chemical smelled like. He ordered a bottle of methyl mercaptan to find out. Not a big one for reading instructions he failed to note that the boiling point of the liquid was well below room temperature. To his credit he knocked the glass stopper off inside a fume hood where the contents started to boil vigorously. The vapors went up the hood, across the roof, and back down into the windows. That day the entire school found out who could smell the chemical and who couldn’t.

  3. @captsam, I don’t know about the asparagus themselves, but you can definitely smell them next time you do #1.

    For that matter, I’ve also been able to detect having drank a lot of coffee that way.

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