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Cracked is as Cracked does. Especially in this case, where some researchers do some especially cracked things. Or more precisely, things they only could have thought of after being cracked on the head. Librarian researchers, don’t try this at your library! The 5 Most Badass Things Ever Done in the Name of Research 5. Thor…

Librarians seem to be under siege these days, both from within and without. But at our core, librarians no matter where they work just want to make the world a better place. io9 has a wonderful older post with a list of fictional librarians who’ve perhaps put that motto into action a little more directly…

Nothing like a little engineering humour to get the year off to a good start! This is one of my favourite engineer jokes, one that’s been kicking around the web for quite a while. I’m not sure the original source, but this is there I found it for today’s post. If you know the original…

Anybody who’s followed this blog for any length of time knows that I love books, I love reading them, I love reading and writing about them too. However, sometime it’s possible to get a little too enamored of our own little petty obsessions. Of course, my obsessions are fine but yours are a bit suspect.…

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…

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