Weird science facts — the final (regular) edition!

With the fact of March 14th, I have posted a weird science fact on Twitter every day for two years straight.  That’s one more year of #weirdscifacts than I expected to do, and I think this makes a good time to slow down the regular editions.

For one thing, it’s getting hard to find unique, obscure facts every single day!  There’s a lot of weird science out there, and in fact there is more being announced pretty much every week — the universe is a weird, weird place — but I don’t want to turn my “weird facts” into a straight reiteration of things widely announced through other social media channels.  Another thing: scouring the internet for weird science is time consuming, and is eating up time that I could otherwise be spending working on more detailed blog posts.

So I think I’ll be stopping the daily facts!  This doesn’t mean that I won’t be posting & compiling #weirdscifacts as I come across them, but I’ll probably do so with less frequency.  I hope that others will take up the torch a bit and post their own #weirdscifacts on Twitter as time goes on — I think it would be a great tag to organize the sciencey weirdness that people come across!

I’m still trying to decide what to do with my facts now, and would love to get opinions from folks in the comments!  Long run, I might like to convert a collection of them into a nice fun book, though that will take some time.  In the short run, I’ve been thinking about relaunching the facts in a Tumblr, where I can post less frequently but in more detail about some of the weirdness that’s intrigued me.  Let me know what you think!

In the meantime, here is one more week of weird science, complete with some bonus facts!

732. Mar 14: Via @encephalartos:  Sea cucumbers can liquefy their body to get through a small gap. 

732a. Via @gkygirlengineer & @NowOverAndOut: Hiding in plain sight: New Frog Species Is Discovered in NYC!

732b. ‘Red Deer Cave people‘ may be new species of human!  (h/t @tdelene)

733. Mar 15: Possible communication via neutrinos?  (h/t @shiplives)

734. Mar 16: Honeybees deal with large Japanese hornets by forming “hot bee balls“!  (h/t @bug_girl)

735. Mar 17: The doctor who was into electricity, dismemberment, and murder! (Part 1 and part 2)    (by @rvitelli)

736. Mar 18: L’inconnue de la Seine: anonymous drowning victim of 1880s who became CPR Rescue Annie.  (h/t @auntbeast)

737. Mar 19: Oldest rock carving found in Americas? 12k year old “little horny man“. (h/t @mocost)

738. Mar 20: Via @blakestacey: the system of numbers known as the “surreal numbers“. 

P.S. Thank you to all those folks who, over the course of the past two years, have suggested or contributed weird science to the list!  You’re too numerous to mention individually, but you know who you are!

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3 Responses to Weird science facts — the final (regular) edition!

  1. Yoron says:

    Make a book, and start it with presenting tree parts. What we thought before the 1800:s, what we thought just before Einstein, what we think now. Don’t dig yourself down in it though. Just mae a balanced presentation of what it was, and what it is. People tend to forget that what we think today in no way is the finished version of ‘reality’.

    then give them ‘facts’.

    So give them that historical perspective and keep it simple, but deep 🙂

    I know you can do that.

  2. Yoron says:

    I’ts not me actually, it’s my keyboard, getting its revenge.
    Never let get your jeyboard get P** off at you.

    It will…

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