While I work on some more detailed physics posts, I thought it would be a good time to recap some recent weird science facts that I’ve posted to Twitter under my longtime hashtag #weirdscifacts!
Oct 24: Aww. Nineteen Species Of Ferns Named After Lady Gaga. This one speaks for itself! (Via @kyliesturgess)
Oct 24: Edgar Allen Poe – writer and mollusk expert? Who knew that Poe had a scientific connection? (Via @NMNH)
Oct 30: 12-yr-old uses D&D to help dad w/ research, gets 1st-author paper in Roy. Soc. journal! (Post by @edyong209)
Nov 11: Spider accident-induced priapism. Short on Viagra? Getting bitten by the right spider could do the trick, too, though it wouldn’t exactly be a pleasant experience. (h/t @seelix)
Nov 26: Project A119, the top secret U.S. military project to boost public morale by… detonating a nuke on the Moon?
Dec 5: Prowling Catfish Catch Pigeons on Land. This is freaky — invasive species of catfish in France have adapted to nabbing pigeons for food out of the water. (Via @plosblogs)
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