Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber.

Mr. Delaney celebrates wedding anniversary. Not pictured: Mrs. Delaney. Credit: WILX

Who says romance is dead? Man gives wife a giant mushroom as an anniversary gift. [NY Daily News] The fact that the U.S. now has a National Pet Obesity Awareness Day (Oct. 9) is really not helping our fat American image. [NBCNews] Are you an Internet-savvy hypochondriac looking for a new ailment to worry about? Well, look no further. "Cyberchondria" is here. [Telegraph] Rest in Peace, Ruth Benerito. And thanks for helping to save us from hours of ironing. [New York Times] Males of several species will do a lot for sex. Some marsupials will die for it. [National Geographic] Why use MRI for medicine when you could use it to make a better pork pie instead? [Annals of Improbable Research] Chincoteague, Va., fire department is forced to cancel this weekend's wild pony roundup as a result of the government shutdown. Disappointed firefighters may resort to playing with My Little Ponies instead. [WHSV-TV3] They tell us cheating leads to guilt. Turns out, it also leads to upbeat feelings, self-satisfaction, and even thrill. [New York Times] Like "Breaking Bad" but wish it had more opera music? You're in luck! [Classic FM]      

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. I hope Leslie is okay.

  2. Is the theme song of the male antechinus Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U”? If the male antechinus drinks alcohol, every fraternity should make it an honorary member.

  3. haha! I totally missed the awkward caption on that TV screen shot. And good call on the theme song, qvxb!