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Hot Men of Science: Round 2

I apologize for the absence of another entry in this series, especially since my 2 buddies who helped me come up with the concept have been anxiously waiting, so…drumroll, please……….!

Our next “Hot Man of Science” is actually two men.  It’s Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters!

Adam and Jamie

Now, nerdy and geeky women have always had a soft spot for these two mischief-makers.  Speaking as a scientist, I can tell you that we love the Mythbusters because of their use of the scientific method when testing myths.  They make sure that there are controls, and they test all the variables separately (to the best of their ability).  I love it! (P.S. If you are not a Discovery Channel nerd like myself, read all about their show and what they do here.)

Everyone has their favorite Myths that have been tested by the team…one of mine is the whole episode of Shark Myths based on “Jaws”– I show that one to my Marine Science classes all that time. In fact, my co-teacher was going to try and make a “Sha-rammer” one summer so that we could use it to decorate our classroom, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Another great one is the recent episode where Jamie flew with one of the Blue Angels (U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron- GO NAVY!). Actually, I can’t even remember what myth they were testing there, it was so entertaining…(edit: I looked it up, and it’s testing if a sonic boom can break glass.)  Check out the video “Savage Test Flight” (warning – as is usual with the Mythbusters, there are many gratuitous “cookie-tossing” scenes, as they put it).

Lastly, for the total Mythbusters geeks, here is a website that lists all the outcomes of their tests. And they have many!

mythbusters

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Hot Men of Science: Round 1

This came out of a discussion between me, my co-teacher, and my student teacher…while watching “Dirty Jobs” today (hey, it’s testing week and their brains are fried) we were discussing hot male science types, much to the chagrin of the students.  Anyway, we came up with at least 3 hot men in science or pseudo-science related jobs (aka TV) and I joked that I should put it on my blog….ta-da!

So, on to it.  The first “Hot Man of Science” comes from the suggestion of my friend and co-teacher, and is Bill Nye!

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye the Science Guy

(Remember, in case you are rolling your eyes right now, that part of being a Hot Man of Science involves smartness- I personally think Bill’s a little scrawny, but to each her own.)

Bill Nye is perhaps most famous for his TV show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”  Here’s a clip from the Evolution episode of his show:

He’s also done some other shows aimed more at older students (and their teachers who are highly annoyed by his propensity to repeat things 3 times in a row, in a successively louder voice each time), but my students always want to watch the “old-school” stuff.  Classic Nye, if you will.

Here’s a quote: “The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.” (interview with Wired.com in April 2005)

He’s also a pretty funny guy. I think it comes through in his videos and also a little in this interview:

Random Bill Nye Facts: (mostly from Wikipedia, rest from my mad Google skillz)

  1. He attended the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.
  2. He is an occasional guest star on “Numb3rs”.
  3. He holds several patents.
  4. He has been the subject of a parody in The Onion.
  5. He loves and plays baseball, and has been rumored to be a Washington Nationals fan.
  6. There’s a rumor in the science-teacher crowd that his ex-wife tried to poison him.  This article is the closest thing I could come up with.  Either way, she clearly did not appreciate him.

So, there it is- the first in the occasional “Hot Man of Science” series.  I already have 2 more lined up, unfortunately- that uses up all the ones I can think of off the top of my head.  Suggestions are welcome!

somehow cute and geeky at the same time…

These. Are. Awesome!  Check it out: Star Wars-themed My Little Ponies!  Heehee.

Slave Leia, Luke Skywalker, and my personal favorite….Han Solo in Carbonite.

I first heard about them on the Star Wars Blog and they are too funny to keep to myself.  🙂

Also, I totally played with My Little Ponies as a kid (even though I had real horses, for some reason)- but they would have been even more awesome if they were STAR WARS My Little Ponies!