Friday, June 27, 2008

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid interview

Wow. Now i've seen it all. While searching some hilarious YouTube videos I came across this video of an interview with a Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. While I feel this information is important to get across to the public I just wish they had .... I don't know... maybe REHEARSED?! Still it's funny:

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Alternative Plant Names: Trail Penis

Originally uploaded by inyopfc
Throughout history, botanists have given plants vaguely inappropriate names. Some examples include the common name "blue dicks" and the scientific names "Lupinus succulentus" and "Trifolium fucatum". That's as far as it ever went, though.

Well, a real fake scientist doesn't just go half way. The plant pictured here goes by the names of "chaparral yucca" or the vaguely religious name "Our Lord's Candle". (Scientific name: Yucca whipleii). Well, we have abandoned these non-secular common names and have renamed this beautiful plant Trail Penis. Anyone who has hiked in California's chaparral in spring will know why.

Note, however, that this trail penis tends to bend to the left a bit.

For those of you who don't appreciate plants named after genitalia, please use the slightly modified alternative name, "Our Lord's Q-tip"

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Greenhouse Warming: What Doesn't it Cause?

Originally uploaded by inyopfc

Most scientists are quick to point out that no single weather event (Hurricane Katrina, the tornados this year, the tornado in LA, etc) can be blamed on greenhouse warming. After all, the atmosphere is incredibly complex and poorly understood. Who knows what would have happened if greenhouse warming were not occurring?

Well, by the same logic, EVERYTHING could be blamed on greenhouse warming. I mean, maybe hurricanes would have just stopped forming completely without greenhouse warming. Maybe unicorns would be shitting donuts down on the earth from above.

In this case, the fog pouring over the mountains is being caused by greenhouse warming. All of the CO2 emitting from the cars in LA (at the right side of the picture) is causing the air to rapidly heat and expand, which throws the fog over Mt Wilson in a frenzied attempt to escape the city. All of the other directions of escape for the fog are blocked by massive traffic jams.

When the fog gets into the mountains it sinks, because there are less cars there. See? It's simple. Also, in the back left you can see another tornado forming.

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