Monday Morning Tonic: For the Depressed, Hung Over and Uninspired

Monday’s are crappy for most people. Here to alleviate the crushing depression of being back at your desk or behind the wheel, here’s your weekly Why? Because Science reading material!

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Science Blog Posts

Ebola Virus Apocalypse – It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Sneezes: Discover how the terrifying Ebola virus has claimed thousands of lives as it tears its way across West Africa, blithely ignoring attempts at containment.

The 6 Most Awesome Rock Minerals (For Various Reasons), PART 1: Beautiful diamonds, fluorescing fluorspar and fool’s gold: learn about the wonderful properties of these most amazing rock minerals in this funny science blog.

The 6 Most Awesome Rock Minerals (For Various Reasons), PART 2: We’re back for more! In the second installment, we explore absurd obsidian, bipolar magnetite and opulent opal.

Enlightening: The shocking and fascinating physics behind lightning and thunder explained in a way that even the most devoted of cretins can understand.

Can You Speak Whale? Is there rhyme or reason to whale song? Both, actually! Discover the science of whale song and the difference between the ocean’s mysticeti singers and odontoceti rappers.

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Amazing (and Funny and Creepy) Science Videos

Dolphins Blowing Extraordinary Bubbles: Toroidal bubbles are the best thing to happen since the movie Finding Nemo. Watch dolphins and whales producing these amazing bubbles for business and pleasure.

10 Ghosts Caught on Camera: Physical evidence of the afterlife? Watch 10 spooky videos of supposedly real ghost footage. Some scenarios may look staged, but others certainly make the hair rise!

Hummingbird Snoring: You’d better believe it. This real video of a tiny hummingbird peeping in its sleep will have grown, burly men squealing like little girls with sheer delight.

TED Talks – Nature’s Grossest Creature a Master of Motion: From the mad mind of a brilliant engineer comes a robot inspired by the incredible motor capabilities of nature’s most horrible little critter: the cockroach.

Lightning in Slow Motion: This spectacular video is not only a visual feast; it also holds the secrets to the precise physics of lightning. If you’re a science nerd like me, you’ll be braingasming all over your computer in five short minutes.

Drunk History – The Invention of Coca Cola: The first half of Drunk History’s explanation of the invention of our favourite soft drink, which is pure alchemy (hence its appearance on a science blog).

Today’s Biology Lesson – A Talking Squirrel: This video is the visual equation of cuteness cubed. The feelings of squish you’ll feel after watching it will increase exponentially with every viewing, so click replay at least three times!

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Sciencey LOL’s: Funny Science Memes and Pictures

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Your Weekend Brain Food

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I would like to think that the kind of people who enjoy Why? Because Science also enjoy a good glass of wine or seven over the weekend. I imagine that during the week, you’re all hard-working and hard-reading folk, but that the weekends turn you into debauched, raging party animals with an insatiable appetite for pole-dancing, vodka and name-soiling.

Oh wait, that’s me!

Regardless of your weekend shenanigans, however, what we should all do is be sure to keep our brains stimulated and happy and what better way to do that than reading blogs and watching videos that are educational AND funny.

FUNNY… did you get that? Most people tune out the minute they hear the word “educational.” What a terrible, terrible word. So, without further ado, here’s your weekend brain food my dear readers! Happy Friday!

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Blog Posts

It’s Just Not Natural! Actually, being gay totally is! With more than 1,500 animal species in which homosexuality is well documented, being queer is not only fabulous, it’s totally natural!

How to Bake a DiamondLearn how to make your very own diamonds in this funny science blog with ingredients that include carbon, a shovel, patience and a degree in town planning.

Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters! What does science have to say about the existence of ghosts and should we believe the “evidence” put forward by shows like Ghosthunters? I know, dumb question, but this blog provides the sciencey answers.

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Amazing Science Videos: Funny, Spell-binding, AWESOME

Eddie Izzard – Death Star CanteenEven Darth Vader has to eat, and so logically the Death Star would have had a canteen… or at least that’s the reckoning of comedian Eddie Izzard in this hilariously funny video with animated lego.

Fire in the Sky! National Geographic filmmakers Claus and Anneliese Possberg put together this outstanding time lapse video showing the aurora borealis (northern lights) dancing and crackling across the evening sky in Norway.

A Drunk History of Benjamin FranklinIf you found your own history lessons at school mind-numbingly boring (who didn’t?) then this epic and inebriated telling of the story of Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment will have you paying attention like never before. Features funny actor Jack Black.

TED Talks: New Research Stops Bleeding ImmediatelyMedical inventor and a fellow of TED Joe Landolina explains his amazing innovation, which is a gel that can instantly stop bleeding in even life-threatening arterial wounds. Gross, but awesome demonstration!

Epic Rap Battles of History: Thomas Edison Vs. Nikola Tesla: Giants of science and industry, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, verbally battle it out to a sick beat. In the end, you get to decide who wins!

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Sciencey LOLs

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Previously on Why? Because Science!

… said in the voice of Survivor host, Jeff Probst.

Blog Roll

Click on the blue titles to expand your grey matter and blow your mind. Also, don’t forget to check out the new WBS at Fusion Viral Video!

Hasta La Vista HangoverIs it possible to prevent a hangover? According to science, it may be! Find out what the right mitigative techniques are and you could survive your 20’s.

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We Are Star People: How did the very atoms of our body come to be made from the guts of exploded stars? Find out why we are STAR people!

Scientology: It’s Not the Study of ScienceRead about the cult (calling itself a religion) that’s terrifying the crap out of Katy Holmes. Discovery the hilarity of scientology, the Space Opera and megalomaniacal science-fiction writer, Mr. L. Ron Hubbard. 

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What’s In A Name? Bad Science, That’s WhatThe bad science behind expensive brand-name cosmetics is exposed! Consider this next time you get swayed into spending unnecessary money by the promise of “the oil of exotic orchids that only grow on a particular rocky outcrop of Hawaii’s Kahoolawe island.”

Sciencey LOLs

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Like, Totally Awesome Science Videos:

Top 20 Unexplained Photos of Human HistoryThis is a top collection of eerie unexplained creatures, phantoms, deep-sea monsters and other phenomena performing elegant photobombs that – to this day – remain unexplained. Some photographs may look a little suspect, but others make your hair stand on end.

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5 Crazy Science Stunts You Weren’t Taught at SchoolFor a quick and entertaining peak at the world of chemicals and one man’s death wish to get his hands blown clean off, watch this amazing science video.

Symphony of ScienceThe “Symphony of Science” series puts together beautiful graphics and music with the auto-tuned voices of some of the most eminent of modern scientists, notably Neil DeGrasse Tyson, for us to learn from and enjoy.

Also, Neil DeGrasse Tyson… what a rock star.

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And that’s your reading material for the week, folks!

 

Weekly Science Update

Hello friends, fans, followers, stalkers and hecklers!
I trust your weekend left you suitably slaughtered and that you had ample time on Monday to recover at your desk, much to the boss’ chagrin. Now that your brains have mostly sifted out the tequila, tabacco and other toxins you steeped it in all weekend, it’s time for an update of what’s been going on in the new Why? Because Science!

Please like my new Facebook Page – Fusion Viral Video – and you’ll see our activity all of your Facebook wall like a pervert living next to a colony of nudists. Look out for the science posts!

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Blog Posts: Old Favorites and Familiars

Astrology Owes You An ApologyAre the stars more concerned with being catastrophically nuclear than with influencing your love life? This blog exposes astrology’s not-so pink bits.

Notes on Aeronautics and Becoming a Member of the Mile High ClubWant to join the mile high club? Find out how with a superior knowledge of the mechanics of flight and how your airplane manages to stay in the sky.

TsunamiGetting wet was never this intellectual! Find out how tsunamis are formed and why they cause so much trouble for onshore biology.

Sciencey LOL’s: Short and Sweet, Funny Memes

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Daily Dose of Funny Science: Which post-nookie comment is yours?

Daily Dose of Funny Science: Drop the bass.

Daily Dose of Funny Science: Why does ice float, when most matter in the solid state sinks? Are trapped fish farts to blame?

Amazing Sciencey Videos: “Oohs” and “Aahs” and “Ughs”

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Amazing Science Video: Sheldon DOES IT AGAIN! For the ultimate retort against astrology-lovers…

Amazing Science Video: Take it Down Sloooooooooow Slow-mo camerawork at its  finest.

Amazing Science Video: Queen and Quantum Mechanics Is string theory right? Is it just fantasy? Brilliant…

That’s all folks! Have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have You Taken Your Daily Dose of Science?

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I sincerely hope you’ve been doing your homework by keeping an eye on the new “Why? Because Science.” Here’s what’s been happening this week:

Amazing Science Video: Epic Rap Battle # 2 – You absolutely have to watch this CLASSIC and utterly hilarious staged battle between Sir Isaac Newton and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Look out for Neil DeGrasse Tyson towards the end!

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Blog Post: Life on Mars – Relocation, Relocation, Relocation! – Would YOU relocate to Mars? With soaring mountains, plummeting canyons, skiing at the polar ice caps and a 17km high volcano, your tourist itinerary would be full.

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Daily Dose of Funny Science – Your Sciencey LOL of the day

Blog Post: Gravity and the Laws of Attraction, Somewhat Revised – How “heavy” is your attraction to your sexy crush? Figure it out using Newton’s elementary equation.

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Amazing Science Video: Queen and Quantum Mechanics – Check out this brilliant rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody with one heck of sciencey kick in the proverbials!

Once again, my dears, please follow the new site, sign up for emails, LIKE our Facebook Page (you can check it out by clicking on the link) and join me on my new venture to infinity and beyond!

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The Great Reveal (Oh Behave!)

Marilyn-Monroe-White-Dress-Seven-Year-ItchThe time has come to reveal the new address of “Why? Because Science” to you all! First, however, a brief explanation:

Writing this blog has been somewhat of a dream of mine, but one that has never been fully realised until now. This is because my affiliation with a new media website – Fusion Viral Video – has permitted me to make this science blog the focal point of all my creative endeavors. With the transition of my blog to the science pages of Fusion Viral Video, I can now make “Why? Because Science” my passion and my JOB and what that means for me is something I felt was beyond my reach for so long: it’s a dream job realised.

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So, I beg all of you not to mourn the phasing out of a website you have become so familiar with, but rather to celebrate the fact that this floozy (that would be me) will be celebrating with a LOT of champagne this weekend. And also that I will be posting so much more regularly and with renewed vigor on Why? Because Science – Fusion Media, which you can view by clicking on the link provided!

I also implore every one of you to follow my activity on this new site; to like our Facebook Page and even to subscribe to the hilarity via email. You’ll find everything you’ve come to know and love about “Why? Because Science” on the Fusion Viral Video website, as well as other funny, interesting, awe-inspiring and HOLY CRAP videos and pictures, courtesy of Fusion Media’s team of writers.

The science, however, will be brought to you by me. Thea.

What Happens Now?

horrified cat funny cat pictureDON’T PANIC! The transition has begun and you can start reading more “Why? Because Science” on Fusion Viral Video and tune in every day as more and more posts make the move or get added:

Daily Dose of Funny Science. Yep, it’s the new “Sciencey LOL of the week!”

Aurora Northern Lights: The Most Amazing Thing You’ll Ever See. And it’s not Mila Kunis’ rack!

Battle of the Epic Whirlwinds. Does size really count? The weatherman thinks so…

Bird Watching: Making Your Safari Way More Awesome. Because there’s something visceral about bonking in a tent.

Awesome Science Video: Epic Rap Battles of History # 1. Watch the impossible: Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawkins tearing each other a new butthole.

More to follow in the coming weeks as the fruition of this long-standing dream is realised! Maybe if I apply the same work ethic to my other dreams, Dr. Addison Montgomery will show up on my doorstep in a lab coat…

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It’s a New Dawn, a New Day, a New Life…

Sunrise from an aeroplaneSilence is golden, especially after road tripping across country with your mother-in-law; especially after forgetting to renew your child’s Ritalin prescription and ESPECIALLY after George Bush Junior wraps up yet another hit YouTube speech. But when it comes to “Why? Because Science”, silence is not golden. As the days fly by since last I posted an intellectual offering, I begin to see cobwebs gather at the corner of my beloved blog’s virtual pages… and it’s not the work of Google spiders.

On any other occasion this would have depressed me terribly, but just as one sees the sun crack the horizon in unimaginable shades of crimson from the tiny port-hole on a commercial flight, so too have the horizons for “Why? Because Science” begun to glimmer with new life. This blog, which I have loved and nurtured since the blustery southern hemisphere winter of 2012 has a new destination and it is no longer here. It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new life… and I’m feeling good! Why? Because Science I have joined forces with someone of great intellectual and inspirational standing: someone for which and with whom I have worked since 2010. “Why? Because Science” is to become a part of a new venture into the world of online entertainment, which, in addition to daily science musings, funny pictures and awe-inspiring videos, will include:

  • News from around the world
  • Hilarious internet memes
  • Funny videos of people being idiots, in other words, natural selection at work
  • Videos of animals being ridiculously adorable
  • Videos of news anchors dropping accidental F-bombs
  • No-way videos, awe-inspiring videos and more funny videos.

And so, our new site is to become the premier destination for the bored at work, the ignorant seeking enlightenment and the needing-to-kill-some-time-while-they-wait-for-their-girlfriend-to-get-ready. taking-a-long-time-to-get-readyWhat you have known “Why? Because Science” to be and much of its integrity will be preserved. In fact, it will be greatly enhanced through multiple daily postings, as opposed to twice a week (at its busiest) and once a bloody millennium (of late). There will be a greater variety of media, too and if your mind begins to overheat, you can always check out some of the site’s other pages, which will be packed with entertainment of a deliciously brainless nature.

“Why? Because Science” will occupy it’s very own page on this website. But for now, my beloved readers, these are all the details I can provide until the plan is set correctly in motion. When the time comes, I will provide you with a new pathway to greater knowledge and it is my most ardent hopes and desires that you will follow me across to my new platform. Just as Frodo took on an epic journey across Middle Earth to save the world from destruction by an angry and inflamed gash, so too must I fly with the winds of change.

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I’ll Be Back…

To my dearest minions…

If there’s one thing I LOVE more than writing about science, it’s travelling. Okay, and sex, but that goes without saying (God, I hope my parents don’t read this one). In an effort to squash the gnawing travel bug within me, I have spent the past few weeks drinking wine in and wandering the strees of Paris and Barcelona, two very large items on my bucket list.

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And TICK!

I am back in my mother city, beautiful Cape Town, but it has taken me some time to recover and get back on my feet. Also, I do have a day job, you know. Anyway, this is a public announcement to all of my wonderful readers who have been pestering the hell out of me to post another blog: I’m on it and you can expect brain fodder soon!

In the meantime, here’s my favourite nerd in the whole world, aside from my brother:

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Happy Monday, y’all!

Dynamic Planet Earth

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Earth’s massive shifting tectonic plates are visible in this gorgeous diagram of our planet showing the location, intensity and frequency of earthquakes since 1898. The brighter the fluorescent green, the more seismically active the location. The Pacific plate, smack bang in the centre of this map, certainly prefers its martinis shaken and not stirred, with some of the biggest earthquakes in recorded history originating along its western boundary.

For more mind blowing maps that give you a real perspective on our planet, check out the following post on The Mind Unleashed