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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Snooki Knows Why The Sea Is Salty

In the Aug. 6, 2011 edition of the New York Post, Snooki Polizzi said, "I don’t really like the beach. I hate sharks, and the water’s all whale sperm. That’s why the ocean’s salty."


The organization Sense About Science asked oceanographer, Dr. Simon Boxall of the University of Southampton to comment.

Snooki – it would take a lot of whale sperm to make the sea that salty! The salt in the sea comes from many millions of years of water flowing over rocks and minerals. It slowly dissolves them leading to the ‘salty’ nature of the seas – it’s not just salt but every material on the planet including gold. Salt water actually keeps our oceans free from many human pathogens (microorganisms that cause disease) – so why not give the beach another try and get back in the water?

For more celebrities spouting about science, see this pamphlet from Sense About Science.

Some highlights are
  • Suzi Quattro (teenage males from the 70s know who she is) thinks that colon cleansers prevent sore throats.
  • A former Presidential candidate believes vaccines cause mental retardation.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow 'gooping' on detox diets.
  • Bill O'Reilly knows that no one can explain the cause of tides.

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