Skepchick Quickies 9.22

  • Study: Whooping cough vaccine fades in 3 years – “The whooping cough vaccine given to babies and toddlers loses much of its effectiveness after just three years — a lot faster than doctors believed — and that could help explain a recent series of outbreaks in the U.S. among children who were fully vaccinated, a study suggests.”
  • 4th grade Christian science book explains electricity – How could I not post this when Rebel 16 described it as: “It’s like a training manual for Christian Juggalos. “Fucking electricity, how does that work?””
  • Be a sexy hamster for Halloween – It’s that time of year again, when the latest batch of sexywhatever costumes arrives to make us wonder about the sanity of the people who design them.
  • On physicists and gravity – This made me laugh, like pretty much every SMBC comic.


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

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  1. Several years ago, when the “sexy X” Halloween costume phenom started to really take off, I tried to think of something totally unsexy to dress as a sexy version of, to turn it on its head. But now it’s been done. Sexy hamsters. [slow clap]

    1. Ah, the old “let’s pick the least objectionable statements and defend those, pretending the context overall message isn’t insanely moronic”-ploy.

      1. It actually sounds more like quote-mining some scientific literature for stuff that sounds imilar (but leaving out the boring or difficult to understand part where the literature actually continues to explain: fuckin’ electricity: how does that work).

    1. …sigh. Yes.

      Oddly (thankfully?) though, I’m only able to find this picture through sites talking about how awful it is, and can’t find anywhere that’s actually selling it.

  2. For someone who is more creative and artistic than I am, I have some suggestions: sexy bloody tampon, and sexy Jesus. Please do it this year while it will still be ironic, but who knows how soon these sexy costumes will be mainstream.

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