Friday, February 16, 2007

As if you needed another reason to love Vancouver

Besides being picturesque, temperate, clean, charming, and Canadian, it's also the home of the Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique.

If you are "possibly possessed of supernatural powers," "not in the business of total world domination," "committed to the constant and diligent presentation of science stories, be it to editors, producers, directors, educators, relatives and/or friends of various ilk, in an effort to lessen the gap that is this thing we call public scientific literacy," and "into badges," go check whether you qualify for the "I'm pretty confident around an open flame" badge, the "destroyer of quackery" badge, the "I can be a prick when it comes to science" badge, or perhaps the "I've touched human internal organs with my own hands" badge.

The Scouts are a creation of the Science Creative Quarterly, which seems to be something like a cross between McSweeney's and AIR. If you support their version of the truth, perhaps you can start your own Scout chapter.