Thursday, January 12, 2006

scientists find candy in space

Dark candy.

Not content with making us cringe as we walk down the supermarket aisle, scientists have boldly taken a terrible naming trend where no one has gone before. Yes, from the good folks who brought you fruit twisters, milk chillers, salad shakers, and jalapeño poppers comes that new taste sensation, gamma ray bursters!

I’m sorry, maybe there’s a good scientific reason for using this construction, but the now well-established consumer product naming trend of taking a verb and adding “ers” to it is like nails on a chalkboard to me (actually, nails on a chalkboard don’t bother me that much, but anyway). It’s the worst thing since the croissan’wich. Is anybody with me on this one?

By the way, gamma way bursters are one of the latest entries in the “why is the universe expanding and why is it getting faster” derby. (My theory? It’s all rolling down hill.) I don’t know much about quantum physics, but it sounds like a big deal (you’ll have to listen to the audio stream to hear the scientist use the term “bursters.” The good writers over at NPR couldn’t bring themselves to actually scrawl it on the web page). In fact, there are more than a couple of people out there (OK, on the Internet) that think we will all be killed by gamma ray bursters!

Is that sort of like death by chocolate. . . dippers?


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