Halloween is on the horizon, and we are once again inundated with stories from and/or about people who really do believe that ghosts, goblins, devils, vampires, and zombies (among other “scary” things) are real. As such, there is no shortage of ridiculous comments to suffer. Please suffer with me, here are five doozies!
I have a term for people who are incapable or unwilling to account for science, evidence, and logic when making extraordinary claims; reality-challenged. For whatever reason, they ignore the best evidence at hand, they fail to utilize the scientific method, and their arguments are rife with logical fallacies. And as such, the reality-challenged wind up making some of the more ridiculous comments on any given week, just like this past week. Here are the top ones for this past week, courtesy of the reality-challenged among us all.
The results were surprising, probably especially for Shakespearean actors; the king’s skeleton showed no signs of a hunch- he instead had scoliosis, and not a particularly disfiguring case of it.
“You wrap a tree trunk with ropes, and keep punching it. You throw 5,000 punches day and night — do that for a month, the inside of your fist swells up until you can barely curl your fingers … Then you open a tin can and set it up on a stand. You keep punching the sharp part. When your hand turns into mush with blood and pus, you start punching a pile of salt. Repeat it, and your hands become like a stone.”
A sleep circuit in the brain has been identified in the brainstem of mammals that, once stimulated, causes test animals to quickly fall asleep regardless of the time of day.
Researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Bio-medical Sciences found this so-called sleep node (the second ever found) in the brain stem of the mammalian brain. The brain stem is the communication hub of the brain being connected directly to your spine and relaying signals from you gray matter through and down your spinal cord. Much more importantly though, it is the life support system that handles low-level but kinda important functions like breathing, heart-rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and sleeping.
Scientists have developed a device, inspired by the spleen, that is designed to filter many different types of infections from the blood. The “biospleen” filters blood using magnetic nanobeads which mind to bacteria or viruses and remove them from the blood.
According to the Harry Potter Wiki, “Riddikulus” is a charm that is used in defense against a Boggart. It causes the creature to assume a form that is humorous to the caster, thereby counteracting the Boggart’s ability to terrorize. And in the real world, it is a phrase used to describe something that is absurd. So to help showcase the absurdity of some muggles, here are the latest top 5 “Riddikulus” comments.
In preparation for our two SGU recordings at Dragon Con 2014, we had to record episode #477 earlier than normal, almost a week ahead of our usual schedule. Because so much science and skeptic news occurs every day, it means we sometimes miss on some very interesting items which might have otherwise made it to the show. Here’s a small sample of some of the items we might have otherwise covered: