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This week my favorite slackers, Kip and Dredge, found some back issues of Science and Discover magazines while dumpster diving. Fortunately, there are lots of cool pictures in these publications, which helped the guys get through all the science-y stuff.
Kip and Dredge Get Down with Science
by Jan Brown
“Hey, Dredge! It says here they found a mushroom on Mars!”
“Read the article, dumbass. It’s just a rock.”
“Well, this other article says they found meth on Mars!”
“I think you mean methane.”
“They say it could have come from Martian bugs.”
“What kinda bugs are on Mars? I thought it was all frozen.”
“I dunno, but they must be HUGE. Look at the size of the hole they made!”
“That’s a crater, dumbass. Anyway, it’s not living things that make methane. It’s their poop.”
“Where do bugs poop?”
“On Mars, apparently.”
There has actually been a frivolous, but amusing, lawsuit filed against NASA for “covering up” the existence of the alleged mushroom. See the links below for more info about some of the Curiosity rover’s discoveries.