Science badges

The wits over at the Science Creative Quarterly — a science-humor publication that started up back in 2005 — have posted a funny parody: A version of the Boy Scouts for scientists. The official name is the “Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique”, and they have a truly hilarious list of badges. I went down the list and figured out which badges I qualified for, and listed them above. They are:

The “talking science” badge: “Assumes the recipient conducts himself/herself in such a manner as to talk science whenever he/she gets the chance.”

The “MacGyver” badge: “In which the recipient has demonstrated that his/her science communciation prowess was handy in simplifying a potentially challenging scenario.” Among other things, I frequently draw up equations to add ludicrous levels of precision to otherwise mundane tasks.

The “I blog about science” badge: Self evident.

The “inordinately fond of invertebrate” badge: “In which the recipient professes an arguably unhealthy affinity for things of this category.”

Go check out the rest of the list! I wonder if there’s any sort of Cafe Press-like operation online that could actually physically make copies of these badges on an a la carte basis? I would so totally order those four.

(Thanks to Debbie for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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