Top 5 Stocking Stuffers for Scientists: Virgin Galactic Tickets and a Tattoo

Wouldn't the scientist in your life love to find a Virgin Galactic ticket in his or her stocking? Failing that, how about a lower back tattoo of Carl Sagan juggling the planets? Let us help you with those last minute gift ideas.

Is Santa a mad scientist?

In most accepted mythoi, Santa Claus is a being of at least supernatural whimsy, if not divine purpose. Seriously, in the MSTed Mexican classic "Santa Claus," he battles the devil, and in TerryPrachett's "Hogfather," the Discworld's own version of Kris Kringle helps ensure the sun comes up Christmas morning. Hey, he breaks natural laws and does it with a smile, so he must be magic, right?