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Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf.

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Some sneaky chemists are swapping the fat in chocolate with fruit juice. [Futurity]

Belgian doctor finds most fertile uteruses have “mathematically perfect” dimensions. Who funds this stuff? [Guardian]

Cool kid news: 13-year-old homeschooler finds meteorite with homemade metal detector. [LA Times]

The Gates Foundation prepares its grantees with fake poop. [NPR]

This woman says the wizarding gene that explains Harry Potter’s world might be ”caused by an expansion of trinucleotide repeats with non-Mendelian ratios of inheritance.” [iO9]

Here’s looking at you, Cornell: School’s researchers scientifically analyze what makes memorable movie quotes memorable. [Technology Review/MIT]

Awww, man. Online marketplace Etsy says its vendors can’t sell human bones (skulls, skeletons, etc.) Newscripts is gonna have to find some new items for our Holiday Gift Guide. [iO9]

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news. Compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf

Credit: What We Do Media

Someone has actually clamped a frickin’ laser to the dorsal fin of a shark. Supervillains to take over Earth. [Wired Gadget Lab]

Smalleye pygmy shark groans in disgust. It already has a light-emitting belly and doesn’t need any frickin’ laser beam. [Christian Science Monitor]

Physics professor contemplates The Incredible Hulk’s energy requirements during his “getting angry” time, as well as whether he’d crack the pavement when jumping around NYC. [Wired Science Blogs]

Speaking of villains, polymer chemist admits to being the evil force who made snack bags so hard to open. [Gizmodo] via [It’s the Rheo Thing]

From the “Questions You Never Wondered About” files: What does one use to test a toilet’s flushing power? [Annals of Improbable Research]

The obesity epidemic has escaped into the wild, with fat pigeons, fat rats, and “genuine fat asses.” [Slate]