An Open Letter

To the Lab Person who Stole my favorite fine-tip Sharpie,
You horrible, cruel person! How could you!?! I mean, really. Everyone in science knows the power of a really good Sharpie. We have them in all shapes, sizes, and colors. I love them all.
Really, scientists live by the sharpie. When you need to mark those really teeny vials with your initials, the date, the drug, and the concentration, Sharpies are there for you. When you have to write on something you KNOW it going to get wet, nothing works better (well, unless you get it wet with Methanol, in which case you’re just screwed anyhow).
And SOMEONE, a sneaky, mean little someone, stole my favorite ultra fine point black sharpie! It was classic. It was sleek. It was LABELED. With a big note on it saying “[Sci’s] Sharpie of Wonder and Might”. And you STOLE IT. You went into my DESK and STOLE IT.
Well, I don’t know who you are yet, but I will, Sharpie-stealer, I WILL. And when I do, I will find you. I will hunt you down. And I will write ALL over you in Sharpie. And if you’re really unlucky and I’m really mad, I’ll use the nasty one from the hood. So there.
All my love,
Ooooh, and for those who don’t know the love: some Sharpie porn.
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(Great for carrying in bags or lab coats! The top’s not going to fall off and get ink everywhere)
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(This one goes everywhere. Sci wore one clipped to her keys for a while. That thing came in handy.)
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(Sci’s favorite. Double ended means you don’t have to carry two! Careful, though. Do NOT stick the large cap on the small cap. You’ll be sorry and your Sharpie will die.)
Hits the spot, doesn’t it!

Friday Weird Science: Heeeere, lizard lizard lizard…

Sci is unfortunately coming down to the wire on several projects (including approaching Super Awesome Conference at which Sci is going to BLIND PEOPLE WITH SCIENCE), and so there was no time to cover a paper this week, even though I had several in mind. Instead, Sci will show you…this:
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The image is courtesy of You Suck at Craigslist (which is a GREAT site), and if I knew from whence this lizard came, I would truly like to barter…something…for it, and then I would give it as a gift to Laelaps, because he is awesome and clearly would know how to take care of a lovely mummified lizard that has “Numerous other detailed parts that you would find on any of today’s Lizards” (because this species apparently died circa 1997…). In fact, I bet Laelaps and Mrs. Laelaps would find this gift pretty awesome for their anniversary. And I owe Laelaps. He’s the one who introduced me to You Suck at Craigslist. I mean, it’s got all these FEATURES:
Toes = 10
Fingers = 10
Tail = one complete
Eye sockets = two GOOD’URNS
No cracks, scratches or broken parts. 100% Complete!!!
Additionally, the seller asserts that he harmed no lizards in the obtaining of this mummy, he found it…in a car. An old, broken car.
Seriously, I think this thing is awesome. Sci would totally put it on her mantle. But she would be nice and give it to Laelaps. Happy (belated) anniversary, Laelaps!!!
So today, Sci has a weird science question for YOU: how would such a lizard come to be mummified by being in a car? And what kind of lizard IS it? Anybody? And who wants to send the awesome mummified version to SCI?!?!