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11 Brilliantly Inaccurate Scientific Explanations

Colin Patrick

A few years back we wrote about a hilarious blog called Fake Science, which deals in intentional pseudo-science. Now, the creator of that blog is unleashing Fake Science 101, a 272-page textbook for the fake-fact-loving science nerd in all of us. We've teamed up with the man behind Fake Science, Phil Edwards, to share some snippets of the book.

1. The Wheel

2. Sir Isaac Newton

3. The Enlightenment

4. The Umlaut Galaxy

5. The Sun

6. Makin’ Babies

7. The Statue of Liberty

8. Oil

Known for its use in the manufacture of gasoline, oil is also popular in the hair of executives who sell it. Found underground and undersea, oil is easily detected through a little digging, explosion, more digging, refining, and a second series of explosions. Brave cowboys tamed the oil fields of Texas so we could drive ATVs.

9. The Ocean

10. Rivers

11. Friction