We typically do our #SCInema sciencing of movie quotes on Friday. This past friday happened to be Halloween. So, we took a whack at the classic film Ghostbusters, which turned 30 this year*. If you have not watched Ghostbustersrecently, you are cheating yourself. It holds up.
Bill Murray. Dan Aykroyd. Harold Ramis. Sigourney Weaver. Rick Moranis. Directed by Ivan Reitman. You owe it to yourself.
The first act of the film centers on a trio of disgraced, academic parapsychologists losing their faculty positions and starting a company to catch ghosts. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that many lines need no alteration to be applicable to today’s scientific world.
This also suggests that a plausible backstory for an all-female Ghostbusters 3 team would be composed of graduate students/post-doctoral fellows who are unable to find faculty positions due to the oversupply of PhDs, undersupply of faculty spots, and disparity between the gender equality in some graduate school fields with the gender inequality among faculty.
The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is the very definition of narsty. A nocturnal solitary lemur so weird that it is not only the sole living species in its genus, but also the only member of its family. They lead a solitary existence and try to avoid mirrors, because when you’re this ugly you don’t need a reminder.
Beyond their homely looks, these guys have rodent teeth and the creepy-best middle fingers ever.
Watch this National Geographic video to see them in action:
If you want to learn more check out the Duke Lemur Center website, but do yourself a favor and plan to visit this place to see the aye-aye and other lemurs.