Amusing News Aliquots

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

Buried at sea: Everyone's all smiles following the death of 18-foot oarfish. Credit: Catalina Island Marine Institute

Discovery of elusive oarfish terrifies Internet, but NOAA says this 18-footer is 30 feet shy of some of its cousins. [NBCNews] How backlogged is EPA? It was only during the government shutdown that they found enough time to remove a 13-year-old soup can from an office refrigerator. [Washington Post] Study suggests Oreos are as addictive as crack, gives new meaning to teens asking for the hard stuff. [Time] Forensic scientists discover that 5,300-year-old mummy Ötzi the Iceman has 19 living male relatives. You just got schooled, [Yahoo!] Planet-sized asteroid hurtling toward Earth is named 2013 TV135. No word yet on whether or not the asteroid will make a grand appearance during television's sweeps week. [io9] Scientists divided over whether DNA sample proves yetis are a relative of ancient polar bears. Yetis divided over whether they should just come out and let us know they’re real. [The Guardian] Study finds that social media encourages gang violence. Whoa, whoa. So you're telling me that websites like Facebook and Twitter, which I spend 14 hours a day on, are somehow detrimental to society? I don't believe it. [Government Technology] Florida man is arrested after keeping an alligator in his hot tub. Helpful article describing the arrest states, "Alligators typically are found in lakes and swamps as opposed to hot tubs." [TCPalm]  

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. As a QA person, I’m happy the soup can had the “date placed in fridge” written on it. The asteroid is due in 2032 so people still need to update their SOPs.