Or, at least, I’m waiting for confirmation of my badges from The Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique.

Going through the list, I see that I have earned more badges than I ever did in the one dimly-remembered brownie troop year I had, and the significantly more embarrassing year as a regular girl scout in 3rd grade. (I also sucked at cookie sales, if anyone is interested.)

What badges can I claim?

There is also a page where you can suggest new badges of merit. I am both curious and afraid to learn more about the suggestion of “bat fluffer.” :D

I also like the suggestion for the “Big Stink” badge: “ever emptied out a lab or building with the odors of an experiment.” However, I’m not sure I’d qualify, since I just got told to stop the experiment, because it made the building smell too disgusting (blow fly oviposition choice expt, using rotting chicken livers).

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Entomologist. Educator. Writer. NERD.


  1. I’d like to hear more about the pseudo science course — is there a syllabus on line?

    Any good tales from the chalkboard?

  2. Not any more, unfortunately–when I left that college for a new job, the deleted everything I had online. I can try to find a copy of the syllabus and send it to you, if you’d like.

    The best part was getting a grant to bring James Randi one year.
    That was The Coolest Ever. The students loved him.

  3. Not worth digging for a print copy. I just wondered what you covered, what great examples you used.

  4. I found it! let me know if you want a copy (word format)

  5. Sure! Especially if all you need is e-mail (which you have, I trust, from WordPress).

    If not, it’s in the “about” section of my blog, at http://www.timpanogos.wordpress.com

    Thank you.

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