Wearing your heart on your sleeve can be risky, but a little science on your back can be fun. That's why the editors and writers of LiveScience and it's sister science and technology websites brainstormed a list of our favorite funny science T-shirts, some cool, some just downright hilarious.
SCIENCE is SATAN T-Shirt
This anarchic take on a microscope comically suggests science is pure evil. Proof? "I know because my religious leader told me so! And this shirt is all the proof I need," reads the shirt's description.
"This is my favorite one," said Marshall Honorof, staff writer at LiveScience sister site Tom's Guide. "I wore it to every Cell Bio test I ever took."
Calling all physics fans, this Tee has your name written all over it. Why be the life of a party when you could be the half-life of the party? For radioactive compounds, a half-life would be the time it takes for half of its radioactive nuclei to decay. What's your half-life?
The blog The Oatmeal popularized this notion of a rivalry Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Whether or not the rivalry existed, they were heavyweights of electrical innovation, with Tesla suggesting alternating current (AC) as a superior way to bring electricity to the masses, and Edison fighting for his own creation, direct current (DC). So perhaps you wear the Tee and feel the currents. (Another version of the shirt shows the two in an electrifying battle. BUY >>>)
More science fights, oh yeah! Schrödinger's cat (which is the name of a thought experiment revealing an uncomfortable truth about quantum physics) may have the ability to be "alive and dead" at once, but Pavlov's dog can salivate at the ring of a bell. Which furry beastie will win? [Read more about the science of Schrödinger's cat]
A possible conversation starter for guys and gals (or Bond villains) who spend time in a lab? In addition to separating the men from the boys, centrifuges spin like crazy to separate out elements by their densities and allowing scientists to ditch the unnecessary glop.
So this one would be under the "downright hilarious" category. But in all seriousness, hadrons are atomic particles made up of quarks; these particles zip around at near light-speed inside CERN's Large Hadron Collider to produce all sorts of exotic particles. BUY >>>
These are "intelligently designed sarcastic t-shirts," according to the company's website. One design shows a birthday cake with the number 6,000 on it and Earth hanging in the background; this one sarcastically suggests the planet is 6,000 years old, as some creationists assert, rather than the scientifically proven 4.5 billion or so years old.
Quit following me, and Evolve already!
More fun with Darwin's theory of evolution, this one with a quirky cast of humanity's ancestors with all-too-primitive weapons of choice in hand. BUY >>>
'Available to Populate Mars'
If Earth seems so beneath you, perhaps a trip to the Red Planet may be in order. Or at leas you can dream. In reality, thousands of aspiring Martians have already volunteered for one-way Mars colony missions starting in 2023. BUY >>>
This one would fall into the "just plain cute" category.
I lost an electron! Are you positive?
A T-shirt for those prone to losing things or with a knack for chemistry. When an atom loses an electron, of course, it is positive, at least positively charged since the resulting atom would have more protons (positively charged) than electrons (negatively charged). BUY >>>
Dig rocks? Can't get enough of minerals? You don't need a degree in the study of the history of Earth as recorded in rocks to show off your curiosity. BUY >>>