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This is a classic case of “so funny because it’s so almost true that if you didn’t laugh you would stab yourself in the eye but that’s a bad idea because all the hospitals are placebo hospitals and placebos don’t work so well on stab wounds.” From my new best friend, Newsbiscuit: Jeremy Hunt to…

Longtime readers will know that I’m a big fan of the works of HP Lovecraft. And every once in a while it’s nice to do an eldritch, namelessly horrific take on your typical Friday Fun. I don’t know about you, but I’ve read all of Lovecraft’s original fiction (though not all the collaboration and ghost-written…

One of my favourite events in the science calendar is always the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, which was held last night in Cambridge, MA. For those that don’t know, the Ig Nobels celebrate the odd and unusual in scientific research, both genuine and not-quite. The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh,…

One of my all-time most popular posts in the search engine keyword logs is Friday Fun: Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks. And a good chunk of the commenters seem to think it’s true and not devilishly clever satire. A common occurrence with The Onion, apparently. Well, this one is in the same category, from…

Friday Fun: Orientation-a-palooza!

Yeah, it’s frosh orientation here at York U starting today so I thought I’d celebrate that with links to a bunch of posts from my all-time favourite source of higher education satire, The Cronk of Higher Ed! International Helium Shortage Leads to Massive Orientation Layoffs “After we realized how much time our orientation leaders spent…

George R.R. Martin is the new J.R.R. Tolkien, right? Great big, fantasy series with large casts of characters, epic battles between good and evil? Maybe, maybe not. Tolkien certainly create a more black and white universe compared to Martin’s infinite shades of gray. On the other hand, Tolkien found a very nice level of actual…

Personally, I aspire to being a Social Media Smurf. Check out this amusing yet pointed post by Eric Stoller: You Are Not a Social Media Jedi, Ninja, Sherpa, or Guru. A little taste: They are everywhere. On Twitter profiles, blog bios, and Facebook pages across the social media sphere, inflated social media titles are rampant.…

You all knew I was going to find something on the lighter side of all the Mars Rover/Higgs Boson hype and glory, didn’t you? But I guess you didn’t think I would be able to find one that combined both of them! w00t! Mars Rover Should Not Get So Much Attention, Say Higgs-Boson Scientists GENEVA…

Friday Fun: Faculty Fashion? Not!

Academics aren’t exactly known for their sartorial splendor. And that may be the understatement of the year. A fun article by Daniel J. Myers in Insider Higher Ed from a few weeks ago: Faculty Fashion Here’s a quote: What message might academics be trying to send when they flout the dictates of fashion and good…

This one is both kinda funny and kinda sad, from the “so funny it cycles around the funniness circle to not really funny anymore” file. It’s basically a bunch of survey questions that someone can take to figure out if they’re a troll. And they’re a pretty good indicator. Do you dare? Do I dare?…

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