Amusing News Aliquots

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Cat called up from the pen: Years of experience tossing around a ball of yarn will be put to the test on the pitcher’s mound. Credit: ABC

A cat named Tara will throw out the first pitch at a class-A baseball game next week in California. Tara says she can’t wait to approach the center of the infield and stand atop its giant litter box. [The Independent]

Maine marriages improve as margarine consumption decreases, and other reminders that correlation does not mean causation. [Spurious Correlations]

This week Dorothy Hodgkin received what is arguably the 21st century’s highest honor: a Google Doodle. [Washington Post]

This little piggie went to market. This little piggie stayed home. And this little piggie was ordered by a judge to leave town. [Crushplate]

Chipotle puts reading material on cups and bags to add a literary experience to your lunch. And to distract yourself from the fact that you are eating a burrito alone and are not in possession of a tablet, a book, or an imagination. [Gizmodo]

What’s the difference between club soda and seltzer? Thanks to this article, now we know. [Slate]

The diameter of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking rapidly–by as much as 580 miles a year–and it’s down to its smallest size ever recorded. Someone should warn the Man in the Moon! [Time]

In desperate need to find a wife, mathematician creates a formula for choosing which lady to propose to. This is, of course, assuming the ladies would all say “yes” to the math geek. [NPR]

YouTube users sometimes display questionable judgment. So too do some people who get tattoos. What happens when those two worlds collide? You get a video of an entomologist using a swarm of 1,000 bedbugs to give himself a tattoo. [io9]

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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