Update: There's been quite a bit of pushback about the actual scientific merits of Dwyer's experiment. We've followed up with a roundup of the criticisms . Original: Aidan Dwyer did a much better job on his 7th grade science project than any of us. While on a wintertime hike in the Catskills, he noticed the branches of trees held a spiral pattern as they ascended. He wondered if that could possibly serve some purpose, looked into it, and learned about the Fibonacci sequence , which is a mathematical way of describing a spiral. Then he studied tree branches more closely and found their leaves adhered to the sequence. 13-Year-Old Looks at Trees, Makes Solar Power Breakthrough
Fridtjof Nansen If you can look at this picture and tell me that this isn't one of the sweetest photos of a dude with a 'stache that you've ever seen, then you obviously need to learn a little something about facial hair and being awesome. This picture alone makes the guy badass, even if you didn't know the story behind it. You will be pleased to learn, no doubt, that the man behind this vicious strip of solidified testosterone is sufficiently badass to pull off a soup strainer that epically righteous.