The weirdest, funniest, wackiest PopSci stories of 2017
It’s essentially the most magical time of the yr: that week between Christmas and New Years. The roads are empty, the fridge is filled with leftovers, and oh my god there are solely three of us on this workplace.
Whereas lecturers (deservedly!) try for the vacation season and depart the science information cycle about as vigorous as a funeral parlor, we all know your thirst for intriguing tales is never-ceasing. So from these of us tending PopSci from a really chilly (why is it so chilly?) workplace in Manhattan and our respective dad and mom’ couches throughout the nation, listed here are tales from 2017 that made us say “say, what now?”
We hope you get pleasure from them.
Tentacled nightmare monsters from hell
As I tried to get pleasure from some home made tomato soup on a beautiful October night, Widespread Science Editor-in-Chief Joe Brown derailed my chill by sending me a video on Fb. This video:
I’ve at all times puzzled what the attraction was for individuals who love mega-spicy meals. I read this; I watched the ache that adopted (which went on for 24-plus hours and was impervious even to an ice-cream chaser); and I nonetheless do not fairly perceive it.
Unusual guests from outer house
Mary Beth Griggs
If I needed to choose, the weirdest factor this yr for me has undoubtedly been the invention of ‘oumuamua, the primary confirmed interstellar object to whiz by way of our photo voltaic system. And figuring out everything that goes into naming those weird outer space things was enjoyable.
We’re nonetheless getting indignant emails from Huge Mayo about this
Kendra Pierre-Louis is in a low-key battle towards mayonnaise, and in October she presented “scientific” “evidence” against the pervasive condiment. Personally, I like mayo. However man oh man, did Kendra dive deep on this one. And man oh man, did we get some bizarre emails about it.