Amusing News Aliquots


Dieting?: Orange you glad we told you to smell this? Credit: gcardinal/Wikimedia Commons

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Craving that chocolate bar? Go smell an orange. Tempted by cookies in the office? Go smell an orange. [NPR] Studies have shown that tall people earn more money and have a better view at rock concerts. But short people live longer, giving them more time to spend their smaller salaries and to stare at the backs of tall people at rock concerts. [Slate] Another one from the “Who Funded This?” files: Researchers try to see if people really know what cats are meowing about. [Seriously, Science?] Gearing up for a vacation? Why not take one of these 25 road trips for nerds? [PopSci] Finally, a marathon-training tactic that doesn’t involve grueling exercise—or any movement at all, really. Just dream about the race in your sleep. [Guardian] Slow animal meets fast food: Man tries to sneak his turtle onto a plane by hiding the pet inside a KFC burger. [United Press International] How likely is a shark attack? More common ways to go: sinkholes, ocean tides, and tornadoes. Shark-free tornadoes, to boot. [Washington Post] An emu, native to Australia, shows up on the side of a British Columbia road. Somehow, its long legs don't entice passing cars to stop and give it a ride. [CBC] What's better than watching chimps at the zoo? Watching chimps on a sugar high at the zoo. [Metro]

Author: Jeff Huber

Jeff Huber is an associate editor at C&EN. He enjoys finding peculiar news stories that make him laugh and/or tilt his head in a thoughtful manner. This hobby has served him well as a contributor to the Newscripts blog.

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