Friday Weird Science: Honey, that wasp is back! Hand me the…earwax?

First of all, did you know that the scientific word for ear wax is “cerumen”? Learn something new every day.
I’m sure we’ve all had ear wax encounters. Sci has often wondered, if she let her ear wax build up enough, if she could make a candle out of it like that Shrek guy.
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(Image via imdb. For the record, Sci LOVES Shrek. A lot.)
Unfortunately, I always got too grossed out by myself before ear wax levels ever got close to candle level. But what if there was a good use for earwax? What if…you could use it for insect repellent?
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(Via wikipedia. This image grosses Sci out a lot.)
ResearchBlogging.org Ahmadian S, Fakhree MA. “Earwax (cerumen) might be formulated into a safe and biodegradable insect repellent.” Med Hypotheses. 2009 Mar;72(3):370-1. Epub 2008 Nov 13.

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