Scientology – It’s Not the Study of Science

Once upon a time, in the early 1950’s to be more precise, a man named L. Ron Hubbard woke up after a night of intense acid-induced dreams. Through the fog of sleep and remembered cacophony of colour, an idea the shape of a light-bulb/dollar-sign materialised. As a science-fiction writer, Mr Hubbard was no stranger to fabricating alternate realities that were a combination of embellished truth, warped physics and general bullsh*t. So, he set about writing a book using his light-bulb/dollar-sign shaped idea, which went on to become a 1950’s bestseller, because people are mostly stupid and are also dying to believe in something.

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The book was called “Dianetics” and within its almost 700 pages was the secret to self-improvement… to living a new and better life through a changed mind set; just like every other self-help book that has been written. Ever. Initially, the “field” of Dianetics was about self-improvement, but then it became something larger, far more sinister and profitable. More and more people subscribed to the lifestyle, which was a good thing if it was intended simply to improve the way you lived instead of, like some flesh-eating virus, melting the region of your brain dedicated to logic and rational thought.

But, Mr L. Ron Hubbard wasn’t happy with being a bestselling author. He believed his idea had more traction than simply convincing a few housewives to think positively about being married to layabout apes. He believed his idea’s potential was stratospheric and that it could make him ridiculously rich and ridiculously powerful *insert megalomaniacal laugh*. Many years thereafter, Hubbard was famously overheard uttering the following words…

“If you want to get rich, just create a religion.” – L. Ron Hubbard

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Image Credit: Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library

So he was right. In 1953, the Church of Scientology was officially established in Camden, New Jersey and from there it spread like a pestilence. The worst epidemic the world has seen since the Black Plague and reality television.

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Free

Tom Cruise and Scientology

Jesus Christ wasn’t a millionaire. His parents couldn’t even afford a bed in a state hospital and his old man probably blew his birthday gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh on hookers. Not that I blame the guy… his wife was a virgin after all.

Buddha is famous for living on the bare essentials and even got fat to scare away all the beautiful young girls who were throwing themselves at him. I’m not sure about the Prophet Mohammed, but I wouldn’t trust anyone who’s content to spend eternity with 10,000 virgins. Can you imagine how boring the conversation would be?

The point is, and I shall endeavour to expound upon this later, is that religion shouldn’t be about making someone rich. Religion should be spiritual, not commercial. Today, however, L. Ron Hubbard is obnoxiously wealthy and is influencing people in a way that scaring the shit out of Katy Holmes. He’s also dead, but the legacy continues. So, what started off a self-help system has today become a massive religion that doesn’t seem to make any damn sense at all…

What Is Scientology?

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Scientology is a belief framework and a way of life. I wasn’t kidding when I said that Mr Hubbard (not related to “Mother” of cupboard fame) was a science fiction writer. And this is evident in the core teachings of scientology, which were, prior to being leaked by a defector of the religion, not openly available to the public and beginner subscribers.

Scientology teaches us that we are immortal beings who have forgotten our true nature. Also there’s something about a malevolent alien called Xenu who, 75 million years ago (dinosaurs were still happily frolicking about the planet), sent billions of people to the Earth. Xenu was an evil dictator and, in true Kim Jong-Un style, condemned these people to death via hydrogen bombs and volcanoes here on planet “Teegeeack” AKA Earth.

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The souls of these murdered masses have remained on our planet and are, according to scientology scriptures, responsible for causing modern people spiritual harm. The story of what happened is called the Space Opera and if THAT’S not science fiction, I don’t know what is! What’s unbelievable about scientology is that so many people have bought into it. I knew there were hoards of stupid people on the planet, but this many?

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More than the ridiculous lore behind scientology, there is a way of life supported by certain practices. There are levels of teachings and modules that you need to learn and master. You also need to learn to free your sub-conscious of all past emotional and physical hurts and this is done in a kind of counselling or spiritual rehabilitation called “auditing.”

Just like school, you have to pay to progress from one grade to the next. There are free online courses for beginners, but if you really want to get anywhere, you have to start shelling out the Benjamin Franklins. These payments are cheekily termed “fixed donations” – as if the money you pay is going towards feeding starving orphans. If you become obsessed with scientology, you’d better be the CEO of a company or an A-list celebrity, because it’s going to cost you dearly to infiltrate the upper echelons of this cult, I mean, religion.

The reported cost of reachng the very highest level in scientology lies in the region of $100,000 and $130,000. This may be all right for someone who earns a staggering amount of money, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but I’d sooner sell my kidneys on the black market than pay THAT amount of money to belong to a religion. On principle alone.

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What this all means is that one’s involvement in scientology is governed by one’s paycheck rather than one’s physical, psychological and mental dedication. Scientology may purport to have noble goals, just like any other religion I suppose. But the clear difference is the fact that it seeks to hide its “knowledge” from everyone UNLESS you pay your buy-in fee. This is at stark contrast to the most important philosophies underlying science, the knowledge yielded by which is free and available to all.

Scientology isn’t a religion. It’s a business, amongst other nefarious things…

Operation Snow White

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In the 1970’s, the Church of Scientology took it upon itself to eliminate any unsavoury evidence that pointed towards its higher-up members’ involvement in criminal activity. This included L. Ron Hubbard. It did this by illegally infiltrating a number of private organisations and government agencies – including the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – in more than 30 countries.

This enormous effort was termed “Operation Snow White” by the Church of Scientology itself and is purportedly the largest infiltration of the United States government to have ever taken place. There were as many as 5,000 undercover agents sneaking around hallways at night, riffling through classified files, tapping telephone lines and stealing and destroying documentary evidence of certain individuals’ iniquitous activities.

When this all went to trial, Mr Hubbard’s wife and second-in-command – Mary Sue Hubbard – pleaded guilty to charges that included burglary of government property and the obstruction of justice. Another 10 upper echelon scientology executives were convicted of an impressive spectrum of crimes.

Top 10 Legitimate Reasons Scientology Should Hitch a Ride on the Porcelain Express:

1. Scientology was fabricated by a science fiction writer. I mean, hello?

2. You have to pay dollar bills to become more devout. If you don’t have enough money, you are doomed to remain in the lower levels. It doesn’t matter how committed or devoted you are to your creed. If you’re poor, you’ll never get anywhere, which is kind of like real life, but religion shouldn’t be that way.

3. The “Space Opera” is the single most ridiculous theory I’ve ever heard explaining how humankind came to be. Forget everything rigorous science has to say. Bring on the evil aliens and thetans! Eat the placenta!

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4. Scientology only reveals certain teachings to people who have spent tens of thousands of dollars. Only once you breached the loftier echelons of the cult, can you learn about the Space Opera and how everything came to be – or something to that effect. We, the public, aren’t actually supposed to know about Xenu. This information was leaked by defector Steven Fishman, after which it spread like hilarious wildfire across the Internet. I love the Internet.

5. Scientology is legally recognised as a religion in a many countries, including Australia, South Africa, the United States, Sweden, Italy and New Zealand. This means that it’s TAX-EXEMPT. That’s right: janitors and street-sweepers get taxed. Scientology “churches” do not.

6. Scientology is dangerous. If you defect from the religion and threaten to spill the beans, or even if you are a critic of it (oops) you could face severe consequences. Some of these include serious harassment, getting sued, physical and psychological abuse and character assassination. I take solace in the fact that there’s no amount of character assassination they could do to me that tequila doesn’t already on a good night out.

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7. It was invented in less than 60 years ago. At least Christians have dedicated thousands of years to building culture, society, parables and doctrines. At least Christianity has history. Scientology is the new kid on the block and yet people are doggedly committing themselves to it as though it were something REAL.

8.  Members in the upper echelons of scientology are, allegedly, routinely defrauded and their dirty secrets swept under the proverbial rug. *coughoperationsnowwhitecough*

9. Scientology believes that the field of psychiatry is destructive and abusive and must be scrapped. This may be true in certain circumstances, but I’d hate to know what a couple of people I have met in my life would become without their daily dose of lithium.

10.  Scientology markets its teachings and doctrines as fact and sound science. It nurtures ignorance and idiocy and treats natural inquiry as iniquity: as something to be punished.

Suitably horrified? There’s just one more thing…

Operation Freak-Out! Da da da-da da

 Great… now I have that song in my head.

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Operation Freak-out was a clandestine plan of the Church of Scientology to silence one of its more avid and eloquently spoken critics, Paulette Cooper. This author and journalist published a rather famous book in 1971 titled “The Scandal of Scientology” – I don’t suppose I need to tell you what it was about. Operation Freak-out was intended to either have Ms Cooper imprisoned or escorted in a straight jacket to a mental asylum!

It was upon reading this latter point that I ceased to be entertained by the ridiculous notion of scientology and actually began to find it quite terrifying and insidious. For a “modern” religion, scientology would seem to promote an extremely backward and dangerous way of thinking. Opposition, challenge and questioning are extremely healthy forces that drive democracy and the enquiring mind. They force us to examine what many take for granted and to gain a more sophisticated understanding of the world, both physically and spiritually. By gagging those who question it, this “religion” is resorting to bullying tactics to silence those who simply aren’t convinced. I’d like to think that they could handle criticism with a little more grace than going all “Lord of the Flies” on yo ass.

How was Operation Freak-out exposed? In 1977, the FBI uncovered documentary evidence of the plan whilst performing an investigation of the Church. This came on the tail of an all-out campaign of harassment against Paulette Cooper. Luckily they were caught in time and an out-of-court settlement was reached… hopefully involving a LOT of money.

Class Dismissed: Your Take-Home Message

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Tom Cruise is obnoxiously wealthy and all the credit in the world to him for it. He’s a fantastic actor, he can run really fast and he looks good without a shirt on, so he’s earned his slice of pie (albeit the size of a small galaxy). Tom Cruise also resides in the top echelons of the scientology hierarchy and this isn’t because he has dedicated decades of his life to planning sermons, providing wayward sheep with guidance, denying himself most worldly pleasures, inappropriately fondling choirboys and whatever else it takes to become a priest nowadays. It’s because he paid for it.

Scientology, or at least the founding principles laid out in the 1950’s bestseller Dianetics, has some truly winning concepts. If applied in the right manner, it’s easy to see how this “religion” can be a very good thing and a very good influence. However, these positives stand stark against the various approaches scientology takes in managing its members and in dealing with its opposition. Also, let’s not forget about the Space Opera.

The only thing that science and scientology share is a similar etymology (word origin) and that is -scio meaning “knowledge”. But where science is the rational pursuit of knowledge, scientology is another creature altogether and apparently a very dangerous one at that.

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We Are Star People!

No, that is not a Bob Sinclair song. It is a revelation of divine proportions. Only, THIS concept, which is grounded in the soils of the Big Bang Theory, bears more gravity than Creationism. A lot more.

What Exactly ARE Stars?

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Stars are actually tiny, tiny little fireflies trapped against a velvety blanket of night.

Bet they didn’t teach you THAT in Astronomy 101!

Seriously though… stars are aggregations of mass bound together by gravity. Immense gravity. Let’s take a look at our own Earth: the deeper you dig, the hotter it gets. Why do you think that is? The incredible amount of pressure exerted by the millions upon billions of tonnes of soil, rock and Kim Kardashian’s bum on the Earth’s core have actually rendered it so hot that it’s become a giant oozy ball of molten magma.

If the Earth was bigger, MUCH bigger – bigger even than Jupiter – the pressure exerted on the core of the planet would be so immense that it would initiate spontaneous nuclear reactions. Yes, as in atomic bomb-sized explosions. But instead of the singular blast that wiped out Hiroshima and instantly incinerated 70,000 people, these reactions would be continuous, with the prodigious amounts of heat generated by one nuclear explosion feeding several others in a chain reaction of fire and brimstone that would make Lucifer green with envy.

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And this is a star! Stars are giant accumulations of mass, just like a planet really. The key different is that they are far more massive than planets. And because of the incredible gravity, heat and pressure exerted on the core of the star, it initiates spontaneous and unending nuclear reactions, generating all that delicious light and heat we feel when we walk outside into the sun.

Here’s a fun fact: While our planet TOTALLY bombed out on its stellar exam, Jupiter only failed by a margin. Jupiter and Saturn, the gas giants in our solar system, could have been stars if they were a little heavier. But alas. Can you imagine that, though? Three suns? Norway would be stoked!

In the Beginning…

Alright, so you know what stars are and that a summer vacation on the Sun wouldn’t be all the tourist brochures paint it to be. But, how does this explain where we come from?

When the universe was formed a couple of seconds after the cataclysmic boom started the ball rolling, there was hydrogen and helium. The first thing you need to know is that protons, which are positively charged particles, occupy mass. So, as ridiculously small as they are, they do weigh something and therefore, the more protons an atom has, the heavier it will be.

With only one proton, hydrogen is the lightest element in the universe. Helium is the next in line to the throne with only two protons. Lithium is next with three and then beryllium with four protons and so on and so forth. Here, we come full circle. At the formation of the universe, there was hydrogen, helium and trace amounts of lithium and beryllium (and yes, God, there was light. Lots of it.)

But there weren’t any other elements, certainly not the heavier ones we know are necessary for life, like carbon and oxygen. Where did these come from?

Einstein Drops the Bomb (Metaphorically Speaking of Course)

Atombombe_Little_Boy“Atombombe Little Boy”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

On August 6th 1945, a 4,000 kg bomb sadistically dubbed ‘Little Boy’ was dropped on a city in southwest Honshu, Japan. Of the bomb’s 4,000 kg (8,900 lbs) mass, only 64 kg (141 lbs) consisted of uranium, a notoriously radioactive element coveted by innumerable comic book villains. But get this…

Of the 64 kg of uranium, only 0.7 kg (1.5 lbs) actually underwent fission. And of the 700 grams of super critical uranium, only 0.6 grams of matter got converted into pure energy. It was this energy – not ANYTHING ELSE – that instantly disintegrated 70,000 people, flattened the city and, as a result of injury and radiation, claimed a further 70,000 lives.

Think about that: 600 milligrams – 0.6 grams of matter – when converted directly into energy just about punched a hole in the face of the Earth.

How? How it is possible for this tiny amount of mass to liberate enough energy to level an entire city in Japan? And how does this bring us closer to understanding where we come from and that ridiculous title about being star people?!

 Because E = mc^2. That’s why.

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It doesn’t take very much matter to create explosions that even at a distance of 150 million kilometres could leave you looking like a boiled lobster. Just ask anyone who has ever fallen asleep in the sun.

Einstein’s famous equation explains this. The mass of matter multiplied by the square of the speed of light equals the amount of energy contained by that mass. In the case of the atom bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima 30 years ago, the mass that was converted into energy only weighed 0.6 g. But use Einstein’s equation to calculate the corresponding amount of energy and you’re effectively multiplying this mass by 90,000,000,000,000,000 m/s (the speed of light squared.)

The Answer: 54,000,000,000,000,000 Joules.

Holy CRAP that’s a lot!

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This brings us back to stars. In the very bowls of a star where these nuclear reactions are taking place, hydrogen atoms are smooshed together by pressure to form a helium atoms. But if you look closely at the atomic mass of these elements – their weight really – you’ll see that this equation doesn’t work out exactly. For every four hydrogen atoms mashed together to form helium, there is a tiny amount of excess mass and it is this that gets converted into pure energy via Einstein’s famous equation.

This is the energy that we see as light, feel as heat and, if we were within earshot of a star, would hear as sound too. Unfortunately space is a vacuum and sound doesn’t travel in a vacuum. So there goes that idea.

Honey, We’re Outta Gas!

Forget what happens in a single fusion reaction of 4 hydrogen atoms = 1 helium atom. Our star, the sun, is a main sequence star (middle-aged) that fuses 620,000,000 metric tons of hydrogen EVERY second! The equivalent amount of energy just boggles the mind and the zeros required to write that number down would occupy an entire book.

Now what happens? Well, the amount of hydrogen contained in a star is finite. Eventually a star will run out of fuel. Via the hydrogen fusion reactions we discussed, a star accumulates vast oceans of helium throughout its lifetime, which it will start to burn when it runs out of hydrogen. And via the same kind of fusion reaction, the immense heat and pressure in a star will mash together atoms of helium to form heavier elements, such as iron, oxygen and carbon.

Eventually, however, a star will burn out and when it does, it implodes upon itself. Then, depending upon its size, it goes supernova, which is science speak for “shit hitting the fan.” The dying star, in one last melodramatic gesture of sheer awesomeness, explodes outwards, sending a shower of heavy elements into the cosmos.

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Supernova: Ka-BOOM!!

Class Dismissed: Your Take Home Message

Hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, calcium and magnesium and so on… these are the elements from which we are made. All of these elements were forged in the hearts of stars over the millennia via nuclear reactions.

This is why we are star people: literally created from the guts of exploded stars.

Your homework is to watch this video. If it doesn’t make you smile then you were born without a limbic system. Now take it away, Neil!

Video Source: “We Are Star Dust” by Symphony of Science on YouTube channel https://youtu.be/8g4d-rnhuSg

Getting Back On That Horse

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Watch me whip, whip! Watch me neigh, neigh!

This blog has been somewhat of a beautiful, yet tumultuous relationship for me. We’ve had more break-ups than Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez and yet, undeniably, my life’s compass keeps pointing me back in the direction of science writing. Hopefully it won’t all end with us breaking up for good and me being arrested in Miami for drunken driving and assault.

Some of my more dedicated followers, fans and stalkers will recall that at the beginning of the year, I initiated a transition from “Why? Because Science” to a new entertainment website. This was to be a collaborative effort between a group of us with the end goal of creating a virtual space people could go to kill time by perusing our coffers of funny pictures, blow-your-mind videos and – of course – my awesome science blogs. However, upon viewing the vapid virtual fodder my colleagues were incessantly posting, I began experiencing mental allergies that had very real physical manifestations. The symptoms of this allergy included eye twitches, brain farts, hot ears and a tendency to channel great strings of obscenities at my phone every time I checked my news feed.

I don’t work very well in teams as a rule… but to share this virtual space with religious zealots, cute yet vacuous animal videos and puke-worthy inspirational quotes smashed through my tolerance boundaries. I want to write about science and the content I strive to share with my audience has got to be exceptional. Unfortunately, the intellectual standards I aspired to uphold were not compatible with those of my teammates and so, after transferring to this new website much of the amazing content I have worked on lovingly for years, I faced the rather embarrassing and depressing fact that it really wasn’t worth it.

I then flung myself into my daytime job, because I have this annoying habit of becoming Oprah when I go out on weekends and someone has to pay for the damage: “You get a tequila, YOU get a tequila, EVERYBODY GETS A TEQUILA!!” Now… all these months later, I feel the calling to pollute the virtual ether with my sciencey musings returning with a vengeance.

Here’s how it’s going to work…

I’m slowly, day by day, going to transfer all the content I sacrificed to that entertainment website BACK onto Why? Because Science. To many of you, these blogs will be familiar, but that’s okay… you’ve probably forgotten my bad tunafish analogies and crude Mexican food night jokes anyway. I will concurrently be working on some new material (Sweet Jesus!) so there will be ample entertainment for one and all. And, of course, I encourage you to share, comment, like and make your blog topic suggestions as always!

Until the next blog post drops, here’s something to keep you entertained…

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Why? Because Science Update

It’s that time of the week again! Time to reflect on the sheer genius that’s come to pass this week. Here’s a fresh blog roll, new and awesome science videos and some nerdy jokes…

Blog Roll

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Blog Post: Titanium – A whimsical look at the mega useful metal titanium, which is not only a great metaphor for emotional resilience, it’s also used to make dental implants, space shuttle and pro sporting equipment.

Blog Post: Fire and Brimstone – the Story of Volcanoes – When the Earth gets indigestion, interesting things happen to the local biology. Learn about the fiery personalities of volcanoes!

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Blog Post: Goodness, Gracious Great Balls of Ice! The Story of Hail – Learn about the dynamics of hail formation and the incredible feats of douchbaggery severe thunderstorms are capable of.

Blog Post: All Things Bright and Beautiful – Evolution Made Them All! The driving force behind Earth’s amazing biological diversity is evolution. Read about the theory that pissed off the entire world and then went on to save it from ignorance.

Amazing Sciencey Videos

Amazing Science Video: Glacier in Time Lapse Film – Glaciers are huge rivers of ice that – as locked and immobile as they may seem – are actually in constant motion driven by immense forces of gravity. This video shows the Mont Blanc glacier (Italy) moving as captured on a time lapse camera, which is AWESOME.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Tackles Pointed Religious Question – In a moment that will make you want to high-five the nearest available hand, intellectual giant Neil deGrasse Tyson tangoes with a religious zealot.

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Amazing Science Video: Volcanic Eruptions On Camera – Massive eruptions, sonic booms, pyroclastic flows and volcano tornadoes… if you find natural disasters sexy (from a safe distance), these three videos will definitely get your rocks off.

Amazing Hailstorm Videos – Hail is formed by severe thunderstorms and can range in size from super tiny pellets, which sound as though a mouse is tap-dancing on your roof, to massive grapefruits that plough straight THROUGH your roof. In this collection of three videos, we see just how large hailstones give tornadoes a run for their money in terms of the damage they can do.

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The Lion Whisperer: Do NOT Try This on Safari – This CBS documentary short is about animal behaviourist and “lion whisperer” Kevin Richardson who has managed to integrate himself into a pride of beautiful lions, including majestic full-grown males. He hugs their massive heads, scratches their chins and rough-and-tumbles with them like he is one of them and yet, displays no more fear than if he were playing with his own pet dogs.

Semi-Frozen Slushy Waves Roll Ashore in New England – This video shows a series of images of ocean waves breaking on the shores of Nantucket in New England (northeast USA), only, there seems to be something distinctly different about these waves! They’re slightly frozen and so they look like giant slushy or “slurpee” waves!

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Amazing Science Video: Orang-utan Behaving Like Human It’s getting hot in here, so soak a rag in your pond, wring it out and dab your face with it. Yes… it’s an orange-tan being super smart and humany.

Clouds of Hummingbirds Fed by Hand! This is just too darn precious!

Could This Be Evidence of Aliens and Other Unidentified Creatures? This video is a compilation of some pretty spooky images and video footage of unidentified creatures, hybrid animals and perhaps even aliens. It certainly raises questions as to whether or not we really know of all the animals we share this planet with and whether – by necessity – some large creatures have actually adapted to go virtually undetected by us.

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Sciencey LOL’s

Funny science pictures, memes and jokes to make you snort your morning coffee.

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Monday Morning Tonic: For the Depressed, Hung Over and Uninspired

Monday’s are crappy for most people. Here to alleviate the crushing depression of being back at your desk or behind the wheel, here’s your weekly Why? Because Science reading material!

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Science Blog Posts

Ebola Virus Apocalypse – It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Sneezes: Discover how the terrifying Ebola virus has claimed thousands of lives as it tears its way across West Africa, blithely ignoring attempts at containment.

The 6 Most Awesome Rock Minerals (For Various Reasons), PART 1: Beautiful diamonds, fluorescing fluorspar and fool’s gold: learn about the wonderful properties of these most amazing rock minerals in this funny science blog.

The 6 Most Awesome Rock Minerals (For Various Reasons), PART 2: We’re back for more! In the second installment, we explore absurd obsidian, bipolar magnetite and opulent opal.

Enlightening: The shocking and fascinating physics behind lightning and thunder explained in a way that even the most devoted of cretins can understand.

Can You Speak Whale? Is there rhyme or reason to whale song? Both, actually! Discover the science of whale song and the difference between the ocean’s mysticeti singers and odontoceti rappers.

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Amazing (and Funny and Creepy) Science Videos

Dolphins Blowing Extraordinary Bubbles: Toroidal bubbles are the best thing to happen since the movie Finding Nemo. Watch dolphins and whales producing these amazing bubbles for business and pleasure.

10 Ghosts Caught on Camera: Physical evidence of the afterlife? Watch 10 spooky videos of supposedly real ghost footage. Some scenarios may look staged, but others certainly make the hair rise!

Hummingbird Snoring: You’d better believe it. This real video of a tiny hummingbird peeping in its sleep will have grown, burly men squealing like little girls with sheer delight.

TED Talks – Nature’s Grossest Creature a Master of Motion: From the mad mind of a brilliant engineer comes a robot inspired by the incredible motor capabilities of nature’s most horrible little critter: the cockroach.

Lightning in Slow Motion: This spectacular video is not only a visual feast; it also holds the secrets to the precise physics of lightning. If you’re a science nerd like me, you’ll be braingasming all over your computer in five short minutes.

Drunk History – The Invention of Coca Cola: The first half of Drunk History’s explanation of the invention of our favourite soft drink, which is pure alchemy (hence its appearance on a science blog).

Today’s Biology Lesson – A Talking Squirrel: This video is the visual equation of cuteness cubed. The feelings of squish you’ll feel after watching it will increase exponentially with every viewing, so click replay at least three times!

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Sciencey LOL’s: Funny Science Memes and Pictures

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Previously on Why? Because Science!

… said in the voice of Survivor host, Jeff Probst.

Blog Roll

Click on the blue titles to expand your grey matter and blow your mind. Also, don’t forget to check out the new WBS at Fusion Viral Video!

Hasta La Vista HangoverIs it possible to prevent a hangover? According to science, it may be! Find out what the right mitigative techniques are and you could survive your 20’s.

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We Are Star People: How did the very atoms of our body come to be made from the guts of exploded stars? Find out why we are STAR people!

Scientology: It’s Not the Study of ScienceRead about the cult (calling itself a religion) that’s terrifying the crap out of Katy Holmes. Discovery the hilarity of scientology, the Space Opera and megalomaniacal science-fiction writer, Mr. L. Ron Hubbard. 

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What’s In A Name? Bad Science, That’s WhatThe bad science behind expensive brand-name cosmetics is exposed! Consider this next time you get swayed into spending unnecessary money by the promise of “the oil of exotic orchids that only grow on a particular rocky outcrop of Hawaii’s Kahoolawe island.”

Sciencey LOLs

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Like, Totally Awesome Science Videos:

Top 20 Unexplained Photos of Human HistoryThis is a top collection of eerie unexplained creatures, phantoms, deep-sea monsters and other phenomena performing elegant photobombs that – to this day – remain unexplained. Some photographs may look a little suspect, but others make your hair stand on end.

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5 Crazy Science Stunts You Weren’t Taught at SchoolFor a quick and entertaining peak at the world of chemicals and one man’s death wish to get his hands blown clean off, watch this amazing science video.

Symphony of ScienceThe “Symphony of Science” series puts together beautiful graphics and music with the auto-tuned voices of some of the most eminent of modern scientists, notably Neil DeGrasse Tyson, for us to learn from and enjoy.

Also, Neil DeGrasse Tyson… what a rock star.

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And that’s your reading material for the week, folks!

 

Weekly Science Update

Hello friends, fans, followers, stalkers and hecklers!
I trust your weekend left you suitably slaughtered and that you had ample time on Monday to recover at your desk, much to the boss’ chagrin. Now that your brains have mostly sifted out the tequila, tabacco and other toxins you steeped it in all weekend, it’s time for an update of what’s been going on in the new Why? Because Science!

Please like my new Facebook Page – Fusion Viral Video – and you’ll see our activity all of your Facebook wall like a pervert living next to a colony of nudists. Look out for the science posts!

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Blog Posts: Old Favorites and Familiars

Astrology Owes You An ApologyAre the stars more concerned with being catastrophically nuclear than with influencing your love life? This blog exposes astrology’s not-so pink bits.

Notes on Aeronautics and Becoming a Member of the Mile High ClubWant to join the mile high club? Find out how with a superior knowledge of the mechanics of flight and how your airplane manages to stay in the sky.

TsunamiGetting wet was never this intellectual! Find out how tsunamis are formed and why they cause so much trouble for onshore biology.

Sciencey LOL’s: Short and Sweet, Funny Memes

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Daily Dose of Funny Science: Which post-nookie comment is yours?

Daily Dose of Funny Science: Drop the bass.

Daily Dose of Funny Science: Why does ice float, when most matter in the solid state sinks? Are trapped fish farts to blame?

Amazing Sciencey Videos: “Oohs” and “Aahs” and “Ughs”

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Amazing Science Video: Sheldon DOES IT AGAIN! For the ultimate retort against astrology-lovers…

Amazing Science Video: Take it Down Sloooooooooow Slow-mo camerawork at its  finest.

Amazing Science Video: Queen and Quantum Mechanics Is string theory right? Is it just fantasy? Brilliant…

That’s all folks! Have a wonderful week!