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10 Dirtiest Jobs in Science…

Man, I am glad I am a high school science teacher. They couldn’t pay me enough to do these jobs. I know that they need to be done (and I am glad that people do them), but not by me.

From CNN.com:

Sometimes a job calls for a little dirty work, but when your job is in science, the dirty part can become increasingly literal.

Since 2003, Popular Science magazine has released an annual report detailing the “Worst Jobs in Science.” Among the psychologically demanding and dangerous elements of some of these jobs, these scientists must also be willing to get to the nitty gritty, even if it means going where no man or woman has gone before (or would want to).

Look at the list of jobs. Tell me that any of these are in the least appealing to you. (Although, the volcanologist sounds cool. And look at job number six. Gross! ewwww!)

Manure Inspector

Orangutan-Pee Collector

Hot-zone Superintendent

Extremophile Excavator

Dysentery Stool Sample Analyzer

Semen Washer

What they do: Take semen samples under microscopic observation to study their sperm count, then spin, separate, add preservatives and freeze the samples for in vitro fertilization.

Volcanologist

Carcass Cleaner

Fistula Feeder

Corpse-Flower Grower

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Man, I thought I was a nerd…

Scientists have created a Wearable Instrument Shirt

Now we can all play air guitar like out favorite ax-slinger. (My favorite is Yngwie Malmsteen; how many of you know about him?) They even have created an air tambourine and air guiro.

Using built-in sensors it allows you to pick and strum at the same time (does that sound as nasty to you as it does to me?), and the data is delivered to a computer program which then produces an audio sample.

That is just too nerdy. Someone took the time to think about this and then develop it. Wow. The wonders of science will never end.

    Air Guitar Shirt

These people have nothing better to do with their time….?

This past weekend saw the 5th annual Rock Paper Scissors World Championship. 5th! World Championship?! Christ, how bad is humanity that we have a championship for a dumb game like RPS? The worst part is that RPS has been around since the 1800’s. Of course, it started in England. So that tells you all you need to know.

From Yahoo News:

Think rock, paper, scissors is a children’s game? Think again. Top players from around the globe will gather in Toronto this weekend to compete for a C$10,000 ($8,840) prize and the title of world champion. More than 500 contestants, including national champions from Australia, Norway and New Zealand, are expected to attend.

Rock Paper Scissors Championship
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Update: We have a winner.

Bob Cooper, a 28-year old sales manager from London, UK, won the World Rock Paper Championship, hosted by the World Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) Society, last night in Toronto.