It’s been a great few weeks for popular science. Bill Nye’s been making his rounds in the media, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson has been doing his best Carl Sagan impression on the welcome return of Cosmos. Now comes word that “I F*cking Love Science,” a wildly popular Facebook page started by Elise Andrew just two years ago, will be crossing over to the (other) small screen.
The news was broken at SXSW via video featuring Craig Ferguson, who, in addition to playing host on CBS’ Late Late Show, will also serve as executive producer of Science for—what else—the Science Channel. It’s exciting enough that Ferguson, by no means a dummy, has thrown his weight behind the project. But his description of the coming affair makes it all that much more enticing to us internet nerds: “Think of it as a late night Google search that goes a hundred pages deep until things get weird–and then you just keep going.”
Now, before you go thinking of your own drunken web searches for Britney Spears upskirt photos, consider that– just last Friday–IFLS schooled us with this fascinating bit: “When flatworms mate, two ‘males’ use their bifurcated penises to fence one another. The winner, or the flatworm who stabs the other with its penis, remains male while the loser becomes female.” This is, without question, the most thought-provoking talk of penis fencing we’ve heard all day.
According to the intro segment to Bill Nye’s beloved old show, science rules. And as I F*cking Love Science the show is sure to prove, it’s going to make for mesmerizing television.