Time-Wasting Tip #14 for the Overworked Grad Student

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Graduate Division

Got a long incubation time to kill? Waiting for your cells to spin? Bored in-between classes? In class?

This week, check out the latest news in fake science at fakescience.org, a blog with many “science lessons” in the style of 1950s cartoons, with science tips and stories.

As the blog advertises itself: “Fake science—when the real facts are too confusing”! I might add that fake science is equally satisfying for when the real facts are too exhausting, too esoteric or buried too deeply in someone’s unread dissertation.

Also, for those of you with money to spare (joke! grad students are poor), Fake Science has also published “the most important textbook ever” — an archive of its best fake facts bound in book form. It’s worth giving the blog a look — it’s been around for a couple of years, so there are lots of “facts” to peruse during those incubation periods.

Check next week for another grad-student approved distraction — suggestions are welcome!