Science Scout Badges

I fear that finding this even remotely cool or amusing means that my level of geekiness has reached new depths. Seriously though. Science Scout badges? How could I resist? Well, ok, I could probably resist quite easily, but they amused me too much to not post!

Actually, I’m probably elligible for a couple more, but these entertained me the most. All badge names and descriptions are taken from the originating site. Feel free to point and laugh afterwards…

The “has frozen stuff just to see what happens” badge (LEVEL III)
“In which the recipient has frozen something in liquid nitrogen for the sake of scientific curiosity.”

Trust me. If you were bored in an undergrad lab and you happened to have a flask of liquid nitrogen handy, you probably would too.

The “I’ve set fire to stuff” badge (LEVEL III)
“In which the recipient has set fire to stuff, while fully aware of all thermodynamic principles at play.”

Not just thermodynamics, but quantum mechanics and combustion chemistry. Yeah, I know, I know…

The “totally digs highly exothermic reactions” badge
“Might be best to keep an eye on such recipients.”

Let’s just say there was a good reason why I chose chemistry as an undergrad…

The “quantum mechanics… I soooo get it” badge
“And not afraid to make fun of those who don’t.”

Actually, on Monday mornings, I exist as a probability density function.

The “I may look like a scientist, but I’m actually also a pirate” badge
“Drinks rum. Into pillaging and stuff. Soft spot for evolutionary biology.”

In truth, I’m not sure how much I actually look like a scientist. But I am rather partial to rum. And occasional pillaging.

The “has done science whilst under the influence” badge
“This can apply to both achieving moments of intellectual clarity or actual performance of an experiment whilst under the influence. It presumes talking about science under the influence a given.”

I probably shouldn’t confess to these things in public… (Seriously though, who hasn’t had a moment of clarity whilst innebriated?)

The “I’ve eaten what I study” badge
“Recipients have prepared their object of study as a cuisine item for eating. Hopefully, the majority of MD’s are ineligible for this one.”

Actually, if you’ve ever been to a barbecue, you’ve probably eaten what I study too…

The “inordinately fond of invertebrates” badge
“In which the recipient professes an arguably unhealthy affinity for things of this category.”

…and I don’t even study them!!

The “somewhat confused as to what scientific field I actually belong to” badge
“Also known as the transdiscplinary, interdiscplinary, multidisciplinary, or intradisciplinary badge.”

Yeah… *ahem*

The “I’m into telescopes astro” badge (LEVEL I)
“In which the recipient has used a telescope to view celestial objects.”

Still only level I… I should really submit some proposals, I guess.

The “I use twitter to spread science” badge
“Science in less than 140 characters is beautiful too.”

@InvaderXan, in case you feel like reading my daily rantings.

The “I blog about science” badge
“In which the recipient maintains a blog where at least a quarter of the material is about science. Suffice to say, this does not include scientology.”

Blog? Yeah, I’m sure I have one of them kicking about somewhere…

The “talking science” badge
“Required for all members. Assumes the recipient conducts himself/herself in such a manner as to talk science whenever he/she gets the chance. Not easily fazed by looks of disinterest from friends or the act of “zoning out” by well intentioned loved ones.”

Ask me about H3+ ions sometime… (Actually. Maybe you’d better not.)

This moment of pure unadulterated geekery was brought to you, courtesy of ravenofdreams who posted them first!

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Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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21 Responses to Science Scout Badges

  1. maxdwolf says:

    Re: The scouts actually did have at least one science badge
    Back when I got it I don’t think there was mention of quarks (though they were known to the general public). I think it just had a picture of a Bohr hydrogen atom back then.

  2. invaderxan says:

    Re: The scouts actually did have at least one science badge
    It’s got quarks on it! So cool!!
    Looks pretty impressive actually. I wish I’d had the chance to build a cloud chamber as a kid…

  3. Anonymous says:

    The scouts actually did have at least one science badge
    It’s now called the nuclear science merit badge. The requirements have stiffened in the twenty years or so since I got mine. I just remember having to talk about basically what the parts of the atom were. It’s the only merit badge I remember earning.

  4. invaderxan says:

    Mmmm… Cryogenic.

  5. invaderxan says:

    I’m seriously impressed!
    Actually, changing disciplines more than once is pretty impressive in and of itself…

  6. invaderxan says:

    Cool. :)
    Added you back, dude.

  7. invaderxan says:


  8. invaderxan says:

    You’ve drunk it pure…? :P

  9. invaderxan says:

    Seriously, who doesn’t? ;)

  10. invaderxan says:

    You have to qualify for a few… You’re probably elligible for the ninja badge. :)

  11. I must work out which of those I’m eligible for. I’m @DTL on twitter – now following you.

  12. The girl scout in me just died from badge overload!! I’m LOVING these!!

  13. 6_bleen_7 says:

    Don’t know; some of them are kind of ambiguous. I don’t drink, but I’ve done so much fun stuff with ethanol in the lab that I may qualify for the martini badge anyway.

  14. 6_bleen_7 says:

    I almost qualified for two badges at once by preparing an ultracold EtOH bath for flash-freezing bacterial cultures. Add enough dry ice and it gets syrupy. You’d probably get a lethal case of frostbite if you tried to drink it, though.

  15. I stopped counting about then Should we be worried about us?

  16. Kind of? Materials chemist who still runs reactions every once in a while. Maybe if I try to grow xtals from EtOH?

  17. 6_bleen_7 says:

    If you’re an organic chemist, yes.

  18. 6_bleen_7 says:

    Hee hee—having changed disciplines twice, I qualify for twenty-seven of those badges, not including the ninja nor the pirate ones.

  19. Does drinking ethanol qualify me for the “I’ve eaten what I study” badge?

  20. madsophia says:

    I LOVE exothermic reactions!

  21. Those are incredibly awesome, and I think I actually qualify for a few! ;)

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