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Fake Science: Fun with false factoids

"Top zoologists concede that the penguin would be more widespread if it guarded its eggs instead of its bow tie," reports Fake Science, a repository of old science illustrations with new captions.

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Look out! Fake Science provided my new Timeline cover photo. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Some people think of scientists as quiet people in white coats secreted away in labs, rarely seeing the light of day. I know better than that.

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Meet Nikola Tesla and his most famous invention. (Click to enlarge.) Fake Science

As the daughter of a chemistry prof, I'm well aware of the humorous side of science, with its jokes about atoms, geology innuendos, and mathematics puns. Fake Science is where Nobel laureates go for an online laugh.

Fake Science's bread and butter is old textbook and scientific illustrations equipped with new captions and a little Photoshopping love. It's LOLcats for scientists.

Your many questions about kinetic energy, dinosaurs, and the habits of squirrels will be answered as you browse through the Fake Science archives. Did you know that squirrels prepare for winter by storing nuts and signing their Florida timeshare contracts? You do now.

There are also quizzes and Facebook Timeline profile banners to keep you busy. I've learned quite a bit about myself through Fake Science. If I were a dinosaur, I'd be a triceratops.

Thank you, Fake Science, for helping me understand why my cats clean themselves with their tongues. It's because they aren't strong enough to turn the faucets, in case you were wondering.