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From the “So Funny it Hurts” file… This one combines the recent spying cases between Canada and China with the equally “humourous” ongoing Canadian War on Science. Chinese cyber spies disappointed by Canada’s complete lack of scientific research BEIJING – Chinese state-sponsored hackers were disappointed after hacking into Canadian government and business research archives and…

Ah, News Biscuit. You’ve nailed this one. What’s next? Homeopathic dishwasher detergent? In any case, enjoy a taste but make sure you read the whole thing. It’s very funny! McAfee unveils first homeopathic antivirus software “Our customers are increasingly demanding Anti-Virus software that has no discernible effect on the performance of their laptops and other…

Oh, Cracked, you are so funny. So funny it just really hurts sometimes. And these so definitely apply to the pickle that libraries and other cultural/content institutions and industries find themselves in as we try and find our place in a future that is very different from the past. 5 Reasons The Future Will Be…

Yesterday was April Fools’ Day, a day I enjoy immensely. I even contribute to the fun every now and then. This year the crop among the science/scholcomm/library community seemed especially strong so I thought I’d share. Science, Nature Team Up on New Journal / Science PeerJ now requires authors to deposit ‘selfies’ in a data…

I love science, I love science fiction. The common misconception about science fiction in particular is that it is somehow about the future, about predicting and describing it. Same with science, in a slightly different way. Science (and technology…) should be about inventing the best gizmos to make life the easiest and most pleasant. In…

Happy holidays everyone! This will probably be the last Friday Fun of the year (and yes, I promise to try and get closer to my old weekly schedule next year…) so I thought I’d feature something with a year end theme. And really, haven’t we all thought at times that the tech industry is really…

It’s been a really bizarre and surreal week (and month and three years) to be a resident of Toronto. Each day brings a series of more outrageous revelations about our beloved and not-so-beloved mayor, Rob Ford. But if there’s anything that warms a Canadian’s heart more than attention in the American press, well, I don’t…

Yes, it’s Ig Nobel award time. For those that haven’t discovered them yet, the Ig Nobel’s are: The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology. Here…

Newsbiscuit is my favourite humour site and has been for a while. The dry British humour combined with OTT story ideas is irresistible. And speaking of irresistible, I just love this one: Disappointment for scientists as new super-computer fails to go mad Scientists at Mal-Tech University, Wisconsin have expressed their immense disappointment at the failure…

Friday Fun: Print Dead At 1,803

Sometimes The Onion just nails it. I don’t have to say how funny/happy/sad/conflicted/overjoyed/suicidal/smug/ your average librarian is going to find this one. Print Dead At 1,803 Reaction to print’s tragic demise was overwhelming, with countless individuals within the publishing sector left reeling at its death. “I’m in absolute shock right now,” said Charles Townsend, CEO…

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