Top Ten Dubious Science Facts

Yesterday evening I joined in a bit of fun on Twitter posting dubious science facts which you can find by looking for the hashtag #dubioussciencefacts if you’re a person who tweets. The idea was to come up with amusing, misleading or just silly statements about science, with as thin a veneer of truth as possible.

The 140-character limit on Twitter makes this kind of game quite challenging, but also quite enjoyable to join in. Anyway, for those of you who don’t tweet, I thought I’d post ten examples of my own creation along with an invitation to contribute your own through the comments box by way of audience participation. Please try to keep your contributions shorter than 140 characters…

Here are my ten:

  1. Galileo is a much more famous scientist than his co-workers Figaro and Magnifico
  2. If the Earth were the size of a golf ball, Jupiter would be as big as Colin Montgomery
  3. It is possible for a spaceship to boldly go faster than light, but only if it uses a split infinitive drive
  4. Organic chemistry is a lot tastier than normal chemistry but also much more expensive
  5. Parity is an important concept in particle physics: PhD students get the same salaries as professors in that field
  6. Galaxies appear to have a flattened shape because they are usually observed using Cinemascopes
  7. Dyson spheres are sources of vacuum energy
  8. The Earth’s rotation means that it will soon have to leave the Solar System in order to throw up
  9. The Coriolis Effect is called the Siloiroc Effect in the Southern Hemisphere
  10. Physics used to be called “natural philosophy”, which means it is philosophy without any bits of fruit in it

7 Responses to “Top Ten Dubious Science Facts”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Quantum theory is both true and false at the same time.

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    Is a light beam made of photons or balsa wood?

  3. Bryn Jones Says:

    Ernest Rutherford disproved the plum pudding model of the atom by firing gold atoms at his dessert.

  4. Alexander Murphy Says:

    The ‘urg’ unit of energy is the amount of energy needed to lift a US-standard dumbell.

  5. Bryn Jones Says:

    The Steady State theory of the Universe has been in a steady state for years.

    [That’s arguably true.]

  6. Bryn Jones Says:

    Steven Hawking’s wheelchair is the prototype for the Curiosity
    rover on Mars.

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