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5 Responses to “Iron Egghead: Explain biology using eight everyday items”

  1. Funk Daddy says:

    There needs to be a balloon on that list of required objects.

  2. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    I made a model to explain the Citric Acid Cycle using only a toilet plunger and a paper clip.

  3. theophrastvs says:

    poor poor Fibula, always forgot.  (“it isn’t really necessary in humans, y’know”  yeah, but it’s named after a Roman brooch.  “so what?! i had a cousin that had his fibula removed and he could still walk. ok he sort’ve lurched a bit…”  yeah but the vid included the patella and it’s about as important  “no way dude… no f’n way”)

  4. Daemonworks says:

    Where am I going to find a paper cup that captures HD video?

  5. Halloween_Jack says:

    Everyone probably looks at that list and thinks of the same thing immediately: “reproductive system” was the first idea taken.

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