Monday, 19 April 2010

Skeptic Zoo

Blame this on @SkepticSheep . . .

The Zoo has just launched a new project: Animal Skeptic Zoo. There is a worryingly insane panda on the rampage, chomping bamboo and hugging slandered politicians, as well as a chimp, cat, black duck, and penguin. That's quite a lot of skeptic animals on the loose, so we thought it best to round them up and get them classified.

This is what the classification pages look like (click on the pictures to enlarge them if necessary).

You'll need to determine the animal species:


The amount to which the animal annoys the quacks:


The animal's general activities:


The sanity of the animal (for health and safety reasons):


And, finally, before going on to the next animal, tell us if you spot anything unusual about the galaxy - does it have a ring, or is it disturbed or irregular? Sorry, um, I mean . . .


To find out more about the animal, you can go into the CRISPIAN database and find the reference number. The Jagoscope has not yet finished tracking the entire Internet, so some may have to wait until later . . .

Seriously, though, Galaxy Zoo has recently set up Solar Stormwatch and Moon Zoo, and now a third project has taken off! So *cough ulterior motive cough* I hope this has actually given you an albeit very silly taste of what you'll get if you actually start classifying some galaxies for us. Go on. It's so beautiful and relaxing. And if you're a skeptic, citizen science is probably just your thing.

6 comments:

Podblack Cat said...

*ahem!* :)
www.twitter.com/podblack

SkepticPanda said...

*claps paws in delight"

Alice said...

Welcome to the zoo Podblack Cat :-D

Jules said...

You're quite mad Alice.
But I knew that!!
So that's what you have been up to.... :0)
Genius!!!!

theskepticblacksheep said...

Alice, I LOVE it! *prances around*
:)

Owen "01" Swart said...

Don't forget Acinonyx Scepticus, the Sceptical Cheetah!