Amusing News Aliquots

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


Road trip: Man’s traveling companion just happens to be a ginormus shark. Credit: West Calhoun/Grind TV

If you’re going to catch an 800-lb shark and hope to keep it quiet, best to have a full tank of gas. [Grind TV]

The powdered alcohol saga continues to confuse the Newscripts gang. [Time]

It took thousands of years of chopping to design this physics-exploiting, high-tech wood ax. How many more before we don’t have to manually chop wood? [Geek]

Detroit’s airport has just added an indoor dog bathroom to one of its terminals, because if there’s one thing that takes away from the stress of having to catch a connecting flight, it’s the smell of dog urine. [Gizmodo]

The dress code at this giant panda research center in China was not exactly what we expected. [Guardian]

Yeah, yeah, correlation doesn’t equal causation. But chocolate consumption clearly doesn’t hurt your chances of winning a Nobel Prize. [Business Insider]

This week, a Boston couple gave birth to the second-biggest baby ever born at Massachusetts General Hospital: 14 lb, 8 oz. The prodigious size of the infant’s feet means that the child is already a huge Sox fan. [Boston Globe]

There are vegetable gardens. There are flower gardens. And then there are boozy cocktail gardens. [WTOP]

Bird couples are all over the map in terms of divorce rates. Flamingos? An laughable 99%. But albatrosses? 0%. Danggg, ‘trosses. [NPR]

The owner of an pet duck is being sued for $275,000 after a neighbor sustained injuries during a violent encounter with the animal. Representatives for the duck’s owner say the level of compensation demanded is unfounded and that they hope to negotiate down to a smaller bill. [KATU]

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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