The Intersection


Halloween 2007 finds me dressed as a pirate doing my part to combat global warming!
And now a reader poll on this 31st day of October…

Which of the following do you find scariest and why? (answer in comments)

a) Global Warming
b) Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards
c) Iron Fertilization
d) Lack of funding for Education and Research Innovation
e) My favorite co-blogger’s question for 2008 presidential candidates

* Alternative frightening submissions of your own are also encouraged *

And of course, would it really be Halloween without Michael Jackson’s Thriller?


  1. #1 Coturnix
    October 31, 2007

    f) SciBling karaoke

  2. #2 Linda
    October 31, 2007

    Our current administration in D.C. for obvious reasons, and Halloween is a good time to say so…

  3. #4 anonymous
    October 31, 2007


    He scares me more than Emperor Palpatine

  4. #5 Fred Bortz
    October 31, 2007

    Bomb, bomb, bomb,
    Bomb, bomb Iran…

    So goes a song by The Capitol Steps ( ).

  5. #6 Emily
    October 31, 2007

    I’ll vote for a combination of (a) and (c) – large-scale, human-induced environmental changes in general. And I’m dressed as a climate model today 😉

  6. #7 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    October 31, 2007

    While sure, a climate model is a cool costume idea, I’m not convinced it can beat your ‘smartypants’ appearance of ’06.

  7. #8 Andrew
    October 31, 2007

    I love that you’re a pirate because I am too. In our department, we have 8 pirates, one fish, and one flying spaghetti monster.

    I’m probably not alone in requesting you post a photo of you in costume. I imagine you make one very cute pirate 😉

  8. #9 science teacher in NC
    October 31, 2007

    d) Federal funding for science and research innovation programs

    I know this entry is supposed to be in fun, but you bring up a very serious and important topic. My school programs are not well funded and our students are not provided with the resources to promote them into becoming leaders in science and mathematics. We can not take them on field trips, buy new equipment, and computers. It’s a very sad state of affairs when more of them are graduating to participate in a war they don’t understand (and frankly, neither do I), than are going off to colleges to pursue graduate degrees and contribute. If we want to be competitive as a world leader, we have to do more to support our childrens’ education.

    Thank you for bringing this up. I hope people read this and think some more about where their tax dollars go.

  9. #10 razib
    October 31, 2007

    b) for visceral reasons 😉 a different answer if i gave a purely analytic answer, but b) is more honest in terms of how i feel.

  10. #11 DG
    November 1, 2007


    You are now living about 2 miles from the Thriller house!

    Welcome to the neighborhood.

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