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Insane Clown Posse Dissed Scientists; Lab-Coated Geeks Strike Back

DiscoblogBy Joseph CalamiaJul 16, 2010 8:24 PM

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In 2009, the hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse released the song "Miracles." The song asks how certain things work: stars, rainbows, inherited genetic traits, magnets--and other stuff to "shock your eyelids." The exact lyrics are a bit off-color for this blog, but the two singing clowns certainly ask some valid questions. Unfortunately, the song attributes these scientific happenings to "magic" noting, "I don't wanna talk to a scientist."

For members of the somewhat nontraditional science outreach group Nosebridge, that simply wouldn't do. Surely, Insane Clown Posse fans--called juggalos--wanted to know the real answer to how a "[expletive] magnet" works! So earlier this summer, the Nosebridge crew brought their posters to a crowd of fans waiting to go into a concert. Surely those fans would be interested in understanding the science behind apparent miracles like magnetism. The videos and other pictures, available on the blog Laughing Squid, show the real magic that unfolded that evening. The Nosebridge team reports that many juggalos were very receptive to learning, for example, why a solar eclipse happens, but eventually San Francisco police had to step in to make sure things didn't get too physical. Related content: Discoblog: Evolution, With Dope Rhymes and a Funky Hip-Hop Beat Discoblog: Sneak Preview of Darwin: The Musical Discoblog: Worst (and Best) Science Rap of the Week Discoblog: Buzz Aldrin, Rapper?

Image: flickr /michiexile

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