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This BBC Science piece on how Neanderthals must have sounded comes with the beats, timing and physicality of some of the greatest British humor we've seen to date. Who knows how they managed to film this completely straight-faced, but the fact that they did just makes it so much better.

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Fair to say that Neil deGrasse Tyson wasn't ready for Bill Nye to come in there and tease his lengthy rant about how consciousness doesn't exist. 

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Scientific Diagrams That Look Like Jokes

Sometimes it takes a doodle to make a textbook funny, and other times it just takes a lack of context. Here are some scientific diagrams that probably serve some actual purpose when placed in their original context, but otherwise look weird, stupid and creepy. Without that though, boy do they look dumb and awesome.

Funny and weird scientific diagrams | Unwanted sexual urges? Have graham cracker and calm yourself down. stack of cardboard looking snacks
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Twitter Thread: Importance Of Science And Technology Education

There are people in this world that think that Wi-Fi and internet are the same thing. Just let that percolate for a second. Okay, moving forward, we live in an era completely dominated by technology, and that very technology continues to evolve at the kind of rapid pace that makes it pretty much impossible to keep up with. I mean, sh*t, we're looking at a future where we'll have the option to put actual computer chips in our brains thanks to Elon Musk. How about we don't go there? 

A Twitter thread about the importance of science and technology education | Sulka Haro @sulka think Clarke's Third Law Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable magic" has emerged full force during last 10 years and its having profound effect on society thread:
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Twitter Thread: Minerals That Look Like Food

The mineral world is vast and full of diverse colors, shapes and textures, and it just so happens that a few of them end up looking like desserts, meat and fried food. It's uncanny how something that could look so much like a nice piece of food could literally break all your teeth. There's tons of things that look like tasty food but aren't. 

Twitter thread about minerals that look like food | GarlicPowder @fartpowder EX CRYSTAL LOOKS LIKE CHICKEN TENDER ALERT O 281K 5:14 PM Jun 27, 2020
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Everyday Things that are The Placebo Effect at Work

For everything that humans are good at, we can be pretty dumb sometimes. For a lot of people, the process of thinking something is working is more important than it actually working, so we get weird things like unnecessary loading screens and needless weights in headphones. For more intriguing behind-the-scenes work, here are sketchy secrets from various industries.

Things that are the placebo effect | hibikikun 11.6k points 2 days ago Loading spinners on web pages once had user complain web app too slow (and pretty fast So tested him by making animation spinner spin much faster. He went my boss praise much faster web app spin.js is using)
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Tumblr Thread: The Cold-Blooded Freak Devil Cave Goat

Tumblr looked at this evolutionary dead-end of a forward-eye-facing cold-blooded cave goat and decided: "good." Sometimes tumblr gets ahold of some biology or history knowledge and extrapolates the ever-loving reality out of it like when they went full mythological science on dragon evolution. For another interesting learning experience here's Tumblr's thread on Kudzu, the monster plant waging war with everything.

Tumblr thread on strange cold-blooded cave goat | RE tilthat Follow TIL cave goat went extinct approx. 5,000 years ago is first known mammal have become cold-blooded. Their bone growth rate is unlike any other mammal, and more similar crocodiles showing slow and adaptive rates environmental temperature. via http ift.tt/2vtQOYg r-evolution-aries Follow goat's binomial name is Myotragus balearicus kind an oddball lot other ways, too, an example being had forward-facing eyes, giving stereoscopic vi
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When we saw the milk go on we thought it was just an extremely dumb joke, but nah, those toothpicks are doing some cool-ass physics junk.

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Here's a skilled craftsman showing a handy little trick to cutting string when there's no knife around. He makes it look way too easy. Depending on how soft your hands are this will probably go differently.

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Tumblr Thread: Scientific Language Is A Punny Goldmine

This fun Tumblr thread highlights how scientific language is way more punny than it gets proper credit for. Just think, if some of us had paid more attention in science classes growing up, we might've noticed all these gems. Fruity fly people sound like a whole lot of fun. 

Check out another fun thread from the brilliant minds of Tumblr that highlighted how Pokémon's probability system is madness.

Tumblr thread highlights how scientific language is full of hilarious puns | fuckingflying hate linguistic anthropology. Why? One most influential experiments linguistic anthropology involved teaching chimp asl. One most influential linguistics is named Noam Chomsky know chimp's name Nim Chimpsky. Fucking monkey pun. | There's group very important genes determine if body develops right shape/ organization they are called hedgehog genes, because fruit fly geneticists are all ridiculous different
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Tumblr Thread: Humans Are Team, "Hold My Beer"

This fun Tumblr thread points out how humans are absolutely team, "hold my beer." Tumblr never fails to get the strangest and most disorienting rabbit holes going. If you're looking for more gold from Tumblr, check out these Tumblr comedy gems to keep your day rolling.

Funny Tumblr thread points out that humans are team, "hold my beer." | lyrangalia Follow prokopetz Random Headcanon Federation vessels Star Trek seem experience bizarre malfunctions with such overwhelming frequency isn't just an artefact television serial format. Rather s because Federation as culture are bunch deranged hyper-neophiles, tooling around ships packed full beyond-cutting-edge tech they don't really understand. Endlessly frustrating if have fight them, because they can pull an effect
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"I'll Do It Myself" Moments in History

When it comes to a particular scientific breakthrough, or generally trying to prove something can be done, sometimes it comes down to one person putting it all on the line and hammering it out themselves. History is pretty wild, but also this Tumblr thread proves why mundane people are incredibly important to history. Also, here's the very fast story of the first soldier to take way too many military-grade amphetamines.

Stories from history of times someone just did something themselves | pyrangarlit 35.0k points 1 day ago edited 1 day ago John Snow (not one father epidemiology No one believed him Cholera outbreak is now Soho because contaminated water pump. He broke They arrested him vandalism and held him until outbreak suddenly ended
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Tumblr Thread: Absurd Realities Of The Scientific Language

This is one of those Tumblr threads that's just pure comedy gold. We get a look at how ridiculous the realities of the scientific language are. Scientists would seem to enjoy using a rich vocabulary to illustrate various mishaps and occurrences within the lab. 

A Tumblr thread about how the scientific language makes for ridiculous reports | if read frog paper "specimen released field immediately after capture" chances are very good actually means is dropped damn frog and despite fact fell all over each other no one could recapture "
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Ridiculous Individuals Who Believe They're Geniuses

The internet isn't lacking absurd individuals who think they're utter geniuses. It's full of folks who are convinced that they're so enlightened that it gives them an excuse to be a jerk, ruin jokes and call very normal strangers morons. The web is smeared with their cringeworthy bragging. It's like some folks think using a new word they learned yesterday will give them psychic powers.

People who aren't smart but brag about being intelligent online | Laugh away know divide by zero haven't figured out mathematical/physical ramifications my discovery all way, yet, but needless say feel great responsibility research its effects on reality before publishing my work. Like said, laugh away, but outpaced Einstein and Steven Hawking by discovering math they couldn't envision *and withholding my ideas until ok with understanding will happen public expect release this new, outrageously
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Psychology Experiments With Fascinating Results

This weird and educational AskReddit thread has folks sharing various psychology experiments that turned up interesting results. A whole lot of these results just illustrate a larger picture that our brains are these strange instruments that are doing the best they can, in a reality they're taking their best guesses at. Some studies are more unsettling than others, so proceed at your own risk. 

People describe various psychological studies that turned up interesting results | AverageJames23 1y Not psychologist, but one where given choice between sitting down doing nothing and shocking oneself, people tend choose shock. Ergo would choose pain over boredom.
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