Some Light-hearted Science, and some of it is real.

by Deb on June 23, 2011

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Every area has its in-jokes, including science. But some of them are real. Some of these are jokes, but the ones with links are genuine research. With thanks to the Annals of Improbable Research and the Ig Noble Prizes.

  1. Electric machinery runs on magic smoke – when you let the smoke out it stops working.
  2. The theory of Continental Drip – If you look at a world map you will see that many landmasses are pointy at the bottom. This is because over millions of years they have dripped down. world-map
  3. Theories of light are backwards, in reality they are dark suckers. As you use a ‘light’ source you can see it getting darker until eventually it is full and stops working.
  4. The March of Progress – I know this is instantly recognisable, but it is wrong on so many levels it is hilarious. Just for starters, there are no animals that slouch like that. If it can’t move easily, it can’t survive, end of march. march of progress
  5. Swearing relieves pain. Seriously.
  6. The Peter Principle – organisations really would be more efficient if they promoted people at random.
  7. Alcohol is golden, or at least you can grow diamonds from TequilaDiamond
  8. Barefoot and pregnantwhy don’t pregnant bipeds fall over?
  9. You get what you pay forexpensive placebos work better than cheap ones. Possibly the basis for the price of magic water, aka homeopathy, or modern bleeding, aka acupuncture.
  10. Swallowing swords often gives people sore throats. Especially if they are distracted.
  11. When you take photos, someone will always have their eyes shut. Not if you divide the number of people by 3 in good light or 2 in bad light and take that many photos. You will probably get a good one.
  12. The 5 second rule is probably ok. Floors are remarkably clean.
  13. Now you can’t reinvent the wheel, because it was patented in 2001wheel

Have fun 🙂

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Krys June 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm

What? How can they patent the wheel??? (The pdf didn’t want to load for me)

As an ex-electronics engineer, I’m very familiar with magic smoke. Silicon chips are so full of it, it was always a battle keeping it contained 🙂


Deb June 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

It was a new type of patent called an innovation patent, I’m sure he did it to show how the system could be rorted. As far as I can tell they are granted automatically, but you can’t sue anyone for infringement or threaten them unless you have your invention examined. At which point this one would fail miserably!
I think it’s a cheaper way for people to protect things they are working on.


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