Nigerian Scammers Now Posing as US Soldiers in Iraq | Main | It's Rigged or Something
November 25, 2008

Stupid Headline of the Day: "Oceans Ten Times More Acidic Than Thought"

My first response to the headline: it's not a big deal, thought is very basic. Get it? Basic? Okay, tough crowd. Don't we have any chemists in the house?

If this article is any indication, the crisis of national scientific illiteracy has reached the hallowed halls of National Geographic. The writer, Helen Scales, and her editors should be ashamed.

Her headline is shit. She (or her editors, whoever picked it) get "ten times more acidic than thought" from this:

Since 2000, scientists have measured the acidity of seawater around Tatoosh Island off the coast of Washington state. The acidity increased ten times quicker than climate models predicted.

First of all, the ocean is not ten times more acidic than previously thought. We had a pretty good idea how acidic the ocean was because, like, we measured it. That's the dumbest thing I've heard all day (and I work with lawyers, so you know this shit's pretty dumb). It doesn't even pass the smell test. Really? The giant frikin' ocean out there is ten times more acidic than we ever were able to measure before?

So what's happening here? The process of acidification near Tatoosh Island is occurring ten times more quickly than the scientists' models called for. This may be an issue of off-the-chart atmospheric carbon in the vicinity (cue the Global Warming hysteria) or a really shitty model based on almost no data.

Take a wild guess.

digg this
posted by Gabriel Malor at 09:59 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
ScoggDog: "[i]151 I thought you were more of a Hypatia Lee ma ..."

Dog flying to Japan instead of KS: "Posted by: steevy at March 19, 2018 01:48 PM (LiyE ..."

JoeF.: "I should point out that the porn industry doesn't ..."

Serious Cat: "I see an advantage in that you can see through fro ..."

LeftCoast Dawg: "Rush talking now about the Swamp Media lies about ..."

[/i] [/u] [/s] [/b]An Observation: "You do know that Heroin is a naturally occurring e ..."

Margarita DeVille: "77 It was all Tiger Woods yesterday even though he ..."

Sandra Fluke: ">>The Buffalo Bills have The 12th Man on their sta ..."

BackwardsBoy likes lobster [/i][/s][/b]: "[I]I think Jesse Jackson explained it best in his ..."

Steevy's Uncomfortable Parents: "143 They need an IMDB for pornstars so we can fin ..."

Religion of Pieces That Don't Fit: "Blessed are the Pre-Fab Shelf Makers Posted by: g ..."

Grump928(C): "[i]I thought you were more of a Hypatia Lee man.[/ ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64