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Creationists Love Baseball

The Creation Museum is located in northern Kentucky, just across the Ohio border from Cincinnati. Answers in Genesis, the folks behind the so-called “museum”, claim that their “museum” is within a 6 hour drive of 2/3 of the US population. This is not true — Kentucky is in the middle of bumfuck nowhere (I’m an…

Going for a Sweep in Game 3

Dak at Fire Joe Morgan asks: I’ve been watching a fair amount of SportsCenter / BBTN today, and every two minutes someone mentions that there are “seven teams going for a sweep in an interleague series!”, as if this is some sort of big deal. There are fourteen interleague series this weekend. If every match…

On Tuesday night, the National Basketball Association (NBA) held their annual draft lottery. In the draft, each team is given the opportunity to select a few players that have declared themselves eligible for the draft (either after completing at least one year of college in the United States or being from another country and over…

Is Auburn the new Birmingham?

So, I missed the three year anniversary of evolgen (it was last Wednesday for those of you keeping score). What does that have to do with police dogs and civil rights protesters in Alabama in the 1960s? Absolutely nothing. But I’m combining two unrelated topics into a single post — neither of which have anything…

Separated at Birth?

Stealing from Other Schools

That’s the poster for the upcoming football season at Penn State. It’s purpose is both utilitarian (it’s got the schedule of games printed on it) and motivational (it’s supposed to get you all geeked up for the upcoming season). This year’s poster is using the slogan “FIGHT ON!”, and I bet someone in the athletic…

Usually Choose Same

In yesterday’s post, I argued that, when flipping two unfair discs (or coins), there is a greater chance that both discs will land with the same side up than different sides up. As pointed out in the comments, I was assuming that the probability of heads is equal for both discs: Aren’t you assuming that…

Always Choose “Same”

The beginning of many Ultimate (nee, Frisbee) games is marked by flipping discs to decide which team must pull (kick off) and which goal each team will defend at the start of the game. This is sort of like the coin flip before an American Football game. Two players — one from each team —…

Bracketology

It’s March, and you know what that means: brackets. There are two ScienceBlogs brackets to keep your eye on: The barkers at the World’s Fair have put together a Science Showdown — bracket style — broken into four regions: Octopus (life sciences), Mortar and Pestle (chemistry), Chair (philosophy and science studies), and Orbit (physics). Showdowns…

Gregg Easterbrook — good sportswriter, crappy at pretty much everything else he does — likes to take pot-shots at scientific research in his ESPN column “Tuesday Morning Quarterback” (TMQ). In this week’s edition he tells us how he doesn’t think scientific papers should have multiple authors and how he doesn’t like the advertisements in the…