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The Tadpole Badge

Peter In my web meanderings, I’ve come across a club I think Laura and I should join: the Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique. More or less a gang of scientists—profs and students—at UBC, who have founded a growing collective to network, discuss science communication, socialize, and drink, not necessarily in order of importance. They preach the “truth”. And they have some really nifty badges, as shown on their home page. (And yes, they have a group on Facebook.)

By way of our education and our books, Laura and I qualify for a few of them badges already. Heck, if you are reading this, you probably qualify for the tadpole badge yourself. And if we just upped the science content of this blog a bit, another one could be ours. Not sure I want the monkey one though.

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  1. Laura says:

    Or if you’re a scientist and badges aren’t your thing, you could join the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientistsâ„¢. Assuming you have luxuriant flowing hair, that is.

    This bit of nuttiness comes courtesy of Improbable Research, the folks who award the Ig-Nobel Prizes. They’ve just put their entire back catalog of their magazine Annals of Improbable Research online for free. Check it out for a laugh!

  2. Laura says:

    And hey, Tamiko (and other DNA-savvy types), check out the nifty song linked here—you might get a chuckle out of it.

  3. Jude says:

    Badges? We don’t need no stink’in badges.
    Gingerbread house contest?
    Got to go!
    I see a badge in my future – crap no badge but you do get a t-shirt. (if top 3)

  4. Mireille says:

    Wait a second. You guys can’t join. You ARE in the business of world domination, are you not? See, you’re not eligible. See! See!
    Ah-ha I get the badgering badge (-;

  5. Peter Cook says:

    Mireille, when we’re in charge, you’re SO gonna get yours. 😉

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