Category Archives: LOLz

Elections, Irish style

by Grania Spingies I pity you Americans, I do. You’re trapped in an endless cycle of campaigning where battling politicians (and the occasional clown) slug it out day after day, week after week, month after month. Here in Ireland, the Dáil (Irish parliament) was dissolved on the 3rd of February by Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, and the election […]

How to photograph cats!

JAC: As I said, posting will be light this week, though Grania might start some discussion threads, and I expect people to PARTICIPATE! In the meantime, today is shaping up to be a cat-post day. I am in the small village of Denton, near Olney, visiting friends. Some spectacular wines on tap for dinner tonight. […]

Five things that atheists don’t want you to know

This is an experiment in PuffHo/BuzzFeed/Thrillist clickbaiting. So, here goes:  “Five Things That We Atheists Don’t Want You to Know About Us.”

What happens when you tell your sheep off for being in the wrong field

by Matthew Cobb I saw this tw**t by @LlyrDerwydd, a Welsh sheepfarmer, who was driving by one of his fields when he saw that a flock of his sheep and got into the wrong field. You need to have the sound turned up: When sheep know they are in the wrong field. #badsheep #Sheep365 #farming365 […]

Pining for the fjords and other stories

by Grania Sometimes Twitter is just what you need on a dismal Friday evening, especially when you tend to follow scientists and comedians, and even more especially when those scientists and comedians know each other and have worked together on such excellent science shows as The Infinite Monkey Cage. But I expected to see this […]

A fantastic new product: a speaker in vagina allows your fetus to hear unmuffled Mozart

Whether prenatal exposure to music really helps babies develop faster is controversial, but that hasn’t stopped pregnant women from buying all kinds of devices to expose their fetuses to music—usually classical. (This is based on the equally controversial and dubious “Mozart Effect“, the claim that cognition in children and adults is improved–short term–by listening to classical music.) […]

Steve Harvey, etc.

Unless you’ve been in North Korea, you’ll know about Steve Harvey’s blunder at the Miss Universe pageant (go here if you don’t). Reader jsp sent me the photo below, along with some Schadenfreude implying that Harvey is both an atheist-basher and a creationist (I don’t know squat about him): Well, Harvey botched his apology, too. Notice any problems with […]

A new Sock Hypothesis

by Grania It is a truth universally acknowledged that socks bought in pairs will be reduced to a motley collection of singletons once you introduce them to your home. A few days ago, Jerry posted one Missing Sock Hypothesis, that of the Eater Of Socks Monster from Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. Now the ever wonderful Matthew Inman from […]

How not to tell your parents you are about to skydive

by Matthew Cobb A young Irishman called Roger Ryan is travelling the world, and is currently in Australia. He has been keeping his parents up to date with his progress via Skype, and in this recording he’s chatting to them from what they think is a bus. It was in fact a plane and he was […]

The Simpsons and evolution

by Matthew Cobb I guess that many of you will have seen this, but to my surprise, I see we have never posted it here. This is from 2010: What’s noteworthy is that give or take a few anachronisms (T. rex and Stegosaurus were not alive at the same time), this is reasonably accurate – in […]


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