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We thought our interest in liquid nitrogen would end in high school, but clearly it hasn't, because we're watching grime boil at room temperature while hooting like morons. Will we compare every sentient-looking mass to Venom forever? Yes. Does that make us look like uncultured cretins? You bet your doodle. Does this look wacky nonetheless? Yes also.

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Twitter Thread: The Appalachians Are Older Than Most Things

Like this tumblr thread on the age of the Appalachians says, those mountains are older than bones. Not individual bones, but like the advent of bones. Alex Petrovnia gets into the geological wonder of a mountain range that spans continents and eras. It's weird how sometimes the most mundane things can be extremely interesting, like this thread on lobsters orthe electric story on the naming of Triscuits.

Twitter thread about the fossils found in Appalachian mountains, which are older than vertebrate animals
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Beauty product makers love to make all sorts of dubious promises regarding the alchemical properties of their pastes and creams, so it's nice to see one that does at least a little bit of what it says it does. Will an iron based cream pull the "toxins" out of your pores? Who knows. Can you pull it off with a magnet? Hell yeah.

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Fumed silica is made of microscopic droplets of silica fused into chains. Its low density and high surface area makes it a thickening agent, but it has a lot of uses. It's used in toothpaste, cat litter and as a viscosity adjuster for paint, adhesives and other tons of other stuff. At least that's what we got from a cursory glance at Wikipedia. The more wow/science/fun/cool aspect of it is that it can make water hydrophobic.

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Twitter Thread: Fascinatingly Wrong and Fake Facts About the Moon Landing

Maybe it's a commentary on how easy it is to believe confidently presented pseudoscientific conspiracy theories. Maybe it's just fun to say really stupid things. Either way, David Hughes presents a set of dumb non-facts about the moon landing. It's like this tumblr thread on the Titanic that's as fascinating as it is made up.

twitter thread about stupid moon landing filled with fake information
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Creepy Science Facts to Feel Weird About

It's not like we should be constantly disgusted just walking around the world we live in, but there are definitely some parts of it that are hard to process. They say that ignorance is bliss, and that certainly feels more true when learning about all the strange and gross weirdness of everyday life. Knowing this kind of junk doesn't even make someone more likeable. Anyway, here's more un-fun facts to quote around respected colleagues.

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Scientific Diagrams That Look Unintentionally Hilarious

Maybe these would makes sense with a few pages of physics or psychology textbook before and after, but as is, these scientific diagrams just look like jokes. The sheer lack of context is the engine that drives forward the strangeness, but it almost seems like textbook writers wanted to make this stuff as weird as possible.

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Tumblr Thread: Grasping The Age of The Appalachians

For most people, geology is pretty uninteresting. Considering the vast ages of comparable piles of rocks shouldn't be that captivating, but then of course tumblr has its way of making seemingly boring details extremely interesting. For instance here's a tumblr thread about various sciences judged on their lickability.

Tumblr thread on ages of Mountain ranges in America | archosaur-automaton Rockies are new, young and virile and fresh Laramide orogeny, tall and lanky teenagers on geological scale Appalachian mountains are old, formed hundreds millions years ago before dinosaurs walked Earth. They are ancients, elders, witnesses half billion years life coming and going.
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Most Obvious Scientific Conclusions People Witnessed

Someone on AskReddit fired up a thread about the biggest "well duh!" scientific conclusions that people have ever witnessed. Sometimes it seems like folks spend all this time and energy on reaching big old scientific conclusions that a whole lot of other people already considered common knowledge. Oh well. At least their scientifically confirmed. 

The most obvious scientific conclusions people ever witnessed. | DoctorSneak• 3h Most sharks attacks happen shallow water close beach. Makes sense as 's where all people are.
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As explained in this video, the mouth movements you see can influence how you hear a particular sound, even if it's the same sound. It's the McGurk Effect at work, and much like Yanny/Laurel or that damn blue/gold dress it just makes us feel stupid to know how dumb our brains are.

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Twitter Scientist Air Fries a Hotdog For Two Hours

Ask around, visit a friend's house, and it seems like everyone has an air fryer all of a sudden. They seem pretty cool, but such new technology has yet to be experimented upon by the home scientists among us. @KLobstar went ahead and did some cutting edge science, seeing what would happen if you left this newfangled device to operate on a hot dog for 120 minutes. For some more loose handling of the science, Here's a handy tumblr list of the lickable sciences.

funny twitter thread of guy air frying a hot dog for two hours pretending it's science | kendrick lobstar @KLobstar 50 minutes has elapsed, 70 minutes remain. My wife and son have gone outside and have opened kitchen window | kendrick lobstar @KLobstar 60 minutes has elapsed, 60 minutes remain have been advised by fellow scientists allow hotdog and air fryer cool off before continuing air is thick with hotdog flavor.
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Tumblr Thread: Sciences Judged By Lickability

Tumblr will have fun with scientific concepts, whether it's a thread on the collateral damage of the mythbusters or going full mythological science on dragon evolution. In this case users decided to judge the sciences on how well they can be licked, and whether or not you should lick that science. It makes perfect sense.

a tumblr list of sciences and how well they can be licked | snowysauropteryx Can lick science? An abbreviated list. Genetics: Do not. Unless cheek swabs? Chemistry: NO DO NOT Archaeology: Perhaps. But might be human bone. Geology: Sometimes needed, sometimes dangerous
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They say you can't get to Mars without breaking a few eggs. While the most recent SpaceX Starship attempt didn't exactly have a perfect landing, watching the thing from far away lets you see exactly how it straight up looks like a sideways building falling to the earth before very nearly re-righting itself and (almost) sticking the landing.

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We may be a few years away from a complete robot takeover of the world, but now we know that when it happens, the descendants of these creepy-ass, bolt-sucking electricity munchers will be able to replace you and your family while making full and completely realistic eye contact. Go back to EPCOT you future-snatching wire-men.

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Things That Are Way Newer Than People Think

Life looks a lot different now than it did even twenty or thirty years ago. As recently as fifty years ago, even scientists had a hugely different idea of how the world worked. And a hundred years ago? Screw that, no one wants to live in a world without functioning toilet paper or high fives. On the flipside, there's also tons of stuff that's way older than people think.

ideas and things that haven't been around for as long as people think | BetterThanHorus 40.1k points 13 hours ago 2 e 32 Hallways weren't widely used until 1800s. Rooms would just open into next room
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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.