It's one week until Christmas. Do you have something wrapped under the genetically modified Christmas tree for the mad scientist in YOUR life?
Yesterday, ScienceStuff's Allison Loudermilk highlighted some fine sciency clothing and book gift ideas, and today I'm going to touch on a couple more. Sound good? Excellent. Let's get to the good part.
Blast them into space: Chances are, that special person in your life has yet to venture into the ultimate void of outer space. The statistics are with me on this one -- even if you're buying a gift for an actual astronaut. As pointed out on "This American Life," NASA employs roughly 95 astronauts but never launches more than a couple of missions a year.
Granted, you could try and get your scientist into orbit via membership in some sort of goofy space cult, but we both know you're buying on too tight a budget to buy him or her a pair of Heaven's Gate signature wind runners as well. Luckily, Earth's growing space tourism industry offers a fine holiday alternative to ritual castration. Why not buy them a ticket on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic?
Granted, this won't be a gift they'll get to enjoy right away. The first commercial Virgin Galactic flight might not happen until 2011. Plus, you'll need to make at least a $20,000 deposit on that $200,000 ticket price. If that sounds like a winning gift, you can go ahead and book the trip right here. If not, well, maybe you could just buy them some space music.
Buy them a tattoo: If you can't get them off the planet you can at least get under their skin -- perhaps with a science-themed tattoo? Imagine how empowered they'll feel with their favorite element's periodic square etched on their wrist -- or maybe the Pioneer plaque illustration. Check out this gallery of science tattoos at Gajitz for a few examples.
Now get out there and finish your shopping, already!