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February 19, 2007

Order of the Science Scouts

Some of Science Creative Quarterly's merit badge

Like lots of kids in America, I had a brief, unpleasant stint in the Boy Scouts (I don't mean I got sexually assaulted by a scoutmaster or anything, I just mean I wasn't all that into taking part in fake Indian drumming ceremonies or picking up litter at neighborhood parks, or being hazed by troop members who had a maniacal jones on to get to Eagle Scout).

But I'm completely excited about The Order Of The Science Scouts Of Exemplary Repute And Above Average Physique, a re-imagining of the Boy Scouts created by the folks at The Science Creative Quarterly blog. They've created a funny series of merit badges acknowledging specialized and arcane branches of scientific skill.

Above are some of the merit badges I've qualified for over the years. I'm particularly proud of the level II ice-cube, which means that I've frozen things in dry ice just to see what would happen; and the one in the upper right, indicating that I have laboratory experience extracting semen from more than one species.

Got a suggestion for a science merit badge? Tell Science Creative Quarterly about it.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at February 19, 2007 01:21 PM