More Scientific Discoveries Ruined By Fandom

Planet Made of Diamonds Likely to Have Oxygen, Carbon

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August 29, 2011 10:05 AM EDT

In what can be called a “gem of a discovery”, astronomers found a rare planet made of diamonds, which would likely have oxygen apart from carbon. The carbon-based planet lies 4,000 light years away, in the constellation of Serpens in our Milky Way galaxy.

The new planet, which is far denser than any other known so far, races around a tiny unusual star called a pulsar. The planet’s high density suggests that lighter elements like hydrogen and helium are not present.

Knock knock…

This Cannot Possibly Go Wrong, Mars Edition

NASA’s Phoenix Lander finds ice on Mars

The Mars Phoenix Lander has found ice on the surface of the Red Planet raising hopes of finding evidence of life forms.

Fandom ruins everything.

On the one hand, confirmation of the existence of water ice on Mars is a crazy big deal for science, and an amazing, fascinating discovery.

Unfortunately, though, the very first thought to pop into my mind upon reading of the Phoenix Lander’s find was that this:

Plus this:

NASA Planning One-Way Manned Mission to Mars

Oct 27, 2010 – 5:18 PM
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(Oct. 27) — We are going to Mars and not coming back.

At a recent event in San Francisco, NASA Ames Research Center Director Pete Worden introduced the Hundred Year Starship initiative, a project to embark on a one-way mission from Earth to Mars by 2030 and permanently settle the red planet.
Equals this:


So a few days ago I made this post.  Just horf dorf assing around, getting the hang of Tumblr, sharing my random bullshit fandom thoughts at 4 in the morning, as one does. 

And then I find out about this:

Junji Ito actually for real drew TTGL fanart.  Spirals, spirals everywhere.

I love the internet.

(Tip o’ Lordgenome’s eldritch chesthair to Tumblrite JunjiFrito for pointing me at this.)

Fridge Horror: A Thought Exercise

Here’s an experiment for you, fellow anime and manga fans.

I’m certain a great deal of you are familiar with this show, it having shot to memetic status almost as soon as it aired and hit the internets back in 2007.

I’m certain a great deal of you are also familiar with horror artist/writer Junji Ito, whose works have also attained memetic status on the Web.


I dare you, fellow Tumblrites, to read this manga:

And then go back and rewatch this show:

I guarantee you, you will be watching an entirely different series.