The weekend coffee, featuring glow-in-the-dark cats and more methane


Volunteers at women’s health centres apparently get pelted with small rubber “dog-toy” like fetuses
The Psychology of Conspiracy
If you need proof that the UK’s libel laws are over-the-top, check out the manner in which criticisms of a person’s behaviour need to be expressed, in order to avoid lawsuits.
As a denizen of the Internet, you are no doubt aware of that annoying quiz in which your own writing is compared to famous authors. But be aware that it is flawed:

Input some Lovecraft, and it will identify it as Orwell-like.

Input some Orwell, and it will be identified as being similar to Margaret Mitchell.

Remember a few weeks ago when we linked to scaremongering over methane releases from the BP oil spill? Well, now the scaremongering has gone even more extreme — to doomsday scenarios!

Of course, these do not stand up to scrutiny. But excellent scaremongering nonetheless!

Historians say that they have located King Arthur’s table. And here I was thinking that King Arthur was just a myth.

Are the stories about Merlin true, too?

It has been shown everywhere I look on the Internet. Everywhere. But I will still link to it, because I continue to love absolutely everything that Improv Everywhere does.
Need a place to crash for a month? Like museums? Then apply to live at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry for a month.

Oh, you get paid, too.

On the downside, you’ll be expected to write. Scary.

The morning coffee with methane and moonwalks

Buzz Aldrin is awesome. In this interview, he talks about space poop and calls going to the moon and coming back “a stunt”.

(by Metin Demiralay)

In addition to all the oil that’s leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon leak, there is also a methane leak, too. For some scaremongering about the possible ramifications of such a leak, click here.

Of course, all the scientists whose opinions are solicited may be loopy from the hours they are asked to work.