Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber.
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"Breaking Bad" gets the Lego treatment. Credit: Citizen Brick

Hey process chemists, any comment on the accuracy of this Lego “Breaking Bad” meth lab? [ArsTechnica] Just what you need after a long, stressful, tiring day: A shower head that berates you for taking too long in the shower. [NPR] English newspaper wonders if a newborn foal looks like David Bowie. Newscripts wonders if English newspaper knows what news is. [Brentwood Gazette] Someone was certainly thinking of the Newscripts gang when they came up with the Periodic Table of Alcohol. [Shortlist] The more scientifically accurate "Finding Nemo" story: Nemo’s widower dad would’ve turned into a female fish so that Nemo—born an undifferentiated hermaphrodite—could grow into a male fish and eventually mate with her. How’s that for a happy ending? [Slate] W. “Mittens” Bloomfield the cat reviews cat food and savors "the experience as one might a firm scratching behind the ears." [Cat Critic] Often stuck in the past, museum curator applauded for discovering something new. And it’s cute and fuzzy to boot. [Guardian] Who knew all you need to make cool-looking art was balloons, paint, and a high-speed camera? [Wired] How to build your own centrifuge in an hour with a Dremel power tool and a 3-D printer. [PopSci] Giant cabbage cut down in its prime by fame-seeking chefs. [Mirror]  

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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  1. So clownfish can have an Oedipus and an Electra complex, probably like Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”, and are not allowed to marry in red states.