If you can’t decide what you love more–science, technology or comedy–and you’re already glued to Twitter bracing yourself for the next round of frenzied, presidential tweet-bleating, then Happy New Year! Click over to these science and tech humor Twitter accounts and ride into 2019 with a smarter, funnier feed:
Bots, Robots and Rovers
Robots: Self-proclaimed “Queen of shitty robots,” Simone Giertz, is a Swedish roboticist living in San Francisco. She’s cornered the market on weird, hilarious robots.
I made a robot to help me argue on the internet pic.twitter.com/NxpXhk0NMM
— Simone Giertz (@SimoneGiertz) March 16, 2016
As if Giertz could get any more loveable, this past year she vlogged the diagnosis and removal of Brian, her brain tumor. The ordeal left her with a spectacular-looking scar, moving yet humble words of trauma-induced wisdom, and more room in her skull to invent new robots for 2019.
If you’re into the HBO robo-hit “Westworld,” you’re going to love Giertz’ parody of the show.
Rovers: Fan of the Mars Curiosity Rover Twitter account? Check out the unfiltered ramblings of Sarcastic Rover roaming the deserts of Mars, tweeting and searching for spare parts.
I made a welcome basket for @NASAInSight but it’s mostly just full of rocks and also the basket is made of rocks and it’s actually just a pile of rocks.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) November 26, 2018
Bots: InsprioBot is an AI algorithm that generates random inspirational quotes–some more inspirational than others.
#TuesdayThoughts from @TheInspiroBothttps://t.co/solrlbpQeB#inspiration#wisdom
— MerlynGabrielMiller (@merlynauthor) November 27, 2018
IFLScience is probably the paragon Twitter science/humor hybrid.
Watch scientists brew and blow up lava, because sciencehttps://t.co/rPjspAT5IJ pic.twitter.com/snda9H9dD2
— IFLScience (@IFLScience) December 11, 2018
More science humor
Science Jokes is exactly that.
A neutron walks into a bar and asks how much for a beer. Bartender replies “For you, no charge”.
— Science Jokes (@ScienceAndJokes) March 31, 2017
Even more science humor
RedPen/BlackPen is the account of Jason McDermott, a self-proclaimed biological data candyman focusing on computational biology. This feed intersects science humor and academia. At times it may be a little esoteric to outsiders. Here’s one of his more mainstream memes, indicting anti-vaxxers.
It’s flu season. GET VACCINATED.#herdimmunity #flu pic.twitter.com/z5jJDSSzby
— RedPen/BlackPen (@redpenblackpen) October 2, 2018
This past year I wrote about the $100 million dollar international initiative to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. The probe is coordinated with the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. So of course there’s a WETI parody account–Waiting for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. It seems to be someone in a room tweeting about the enduring wait for contact (the E.T. Twitter version of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”):
— WETI (@WETI) December 29, 2018
If you follow the eccentric billionaire inventor, Elon Musk, you know he can be quite the card either intentionally or by virtue of his unwavering enthusiasm. Or both.
If this works, I’m treating myself to a volcano lair. It’s time.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 15, 2015
I’m counting this account as 1/2 sci-tech humor only because much of his feed is dedicated to announcements of exciting new technology, or rocket launches, followed by Musk earnestly trying to explain his complicated tech to incredulous followers.
For a more dedicated stream of sci/tech comedy, visit the Elon Musk parody account, Bored Elon Musk, where a would-be Musk tweets his throw-away thoughts and inventions (not to be confused with Musk’s Boring Company that sells actual Flame Throwers–the lines are blurry).
Sometimes you need to remind people that rocket science is rocket science.
— Bored Elon Musk (@BoredElonMusk) September 1, 2016
And because we’re all bagging on Mark Zuckerberg for renting out our democracy to Russian bots, here’s a darkly comedic Not Mark Zuckerberg parody account to sweeten the bitterness.
You guys, I get pretty jealous when I look at my News Feed too. I see everybody else experiencing something I can’t: being exploited by me.
— Not Mark Zuckerberg (@notzuckerberg) May 2, 2017
That’s it. Typically I write about mind-throbbing science stuff. The task of compiling science/tech Twitter accounts of rapier wit was even harder than my regular beat. If you know of any others to add to the list, or plan on starting one of your own, please do, then let me know so I can add them to my feed @DraisyMorris