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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The League of Extraordinary Rodents

I feel like the League of Extraordinary Rabbits would have a similarly robust lineup. (via Bobby Timony)


We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

The Number of Physics Students Has Increased Since The Big Bang Theory — How Many Are Girls?

So, this is great news for science! Some experts think that a recent uptick in UK students signing up to study physics is due to a positive influence by geek-friendly sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. But while it’s great to see kids expressing an interest in studying physics in school, what is the percentage of girls signing up? And if there are less girls signing up than boys, is it because the show was so late in bringing good intellectual female characters into the geeky mix?


And Now For Something Completely Different

A Thing Only A Nerd Would Say

I really like being pregnant. I’m in awe of the process and the science. And seeing my belly move is pretty amazing; it’s like in the movie Alien. – Emily Deschanel, star of Bones.

I may think that Bones is one of the most predictable and sappy of the crime scene dramas out there, but I will happily give it credit for this one thing: it has made seven seasons of successful television by presenting a vastly intelligent, socially awkward, independently successful woman as its main character. A female Spock, if you will, the very kind of character that Gene Roddenberry was forbidden to put into original Star Trek.

But I digress: only a true nerd would liken being pregnant to Alien and mean it in a good way. Emily Deschanel, we salute you.

(via Digital Spy.)

Power Grid

10 Female Characters We Love, Even Though They’re Barely Geeky In Any Way

While we like to spend the bulk of our time at The Mary Sue celebrating the characters and stories of geek fandom, every once in a while, other characters sneak in. And they aren’t geeky. In fact, some of them are downright mainstream. But since we are a geek site, we don’t really have any cause to write about these characters aside from the occasional mention if the topic calls for it. But today, allow us to indulge in a few mainstream guilty pleasures.


The Human Machine

Modern Men and Women Look More Similar to Each Other

Skeletally speaking, that is.

According to anthropologists at North Carolina State University, who have been studying skulls of men and women in Spain and Portugal from centuries past, the craniofacial structure of women changed over the years to become more similar to those of their male counterparts. While changes were found for both men and women, the most pronounced and significant changes occurred in women since the 16th century.

This makes sense because when you consider the physical toll that childbearing has on women. The nutrients lost by women who gave birth and breastfed — and how little we knew about it — probably would account for their skeletal structures being significantly smaller then than they are now. Over those centuries, a lot of trial and error, and eventually science and medicine, would point women in the direction of properly taking care of their bodies before, during, and after childbirth. Researchers also cite changes in nutrition and environmental changes. But why was the study done in the first place?


No. No no no no no no no. no.

Hollywood Is Threatening to Make a Movie About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Annnnnnd … that was that. Hollywood ran out of ideas. And the only thing it’s coming up with is a movie based on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Seriously, they were so serious about this that it made it into the press where people might find out about it, read about it, and digest it with their precious brains. Apparently, Macy’s is “always looking for the next Miracle on 34th Street” and wants to turn the parade into “a four-quadrant, family-friendly film somewhere in that Night At The Museum, Elf sweet spot.” Yeah. I like all three of those movies. Please, let me speak on behalf of all moviegoers when I say that no one wants these movies to mate. Everyone involved will wake up dirty, regretful, and thinking they were so much better off as just friends.