Cards Against Humanity did a surprisingly nice thing for humanity

Cards Against Humanity did a surprisingly nice thing for humanity

It's Ada Lovelace Day, and we have some great women-in-science news to share with you - from a perhaps unlikely source.

Cards Against Humanity, the filthy dinner party game (which should definitely not be played with your parents) that once sent real bullsh-t to customers on Black Friday, has just done a Really Nice Thing For Humanity.

Last week the game's co-creator Josh Dillon announced that all the proceeds from the game's 30-card science expansion pack will go to the Science Ambassador Scholarship, a new initiative to fund young women pursuing science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) degrees.

Dillon, who is studying for a PhD in astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in a statement:

Women are underrepresented in science, tech, engineering, and math, and we felt like the funding from this pack could have the greatest impact by making it possible for more women to get an education in those fields, and by giving them a platform to share their work and their passion for science.

All the scholarship applications will be reviewed by a board of over 40 women who work in the sciences, including representatives from Nasa, the Smithsonian Laboratory and Harvard Medical School.

The 30-card expansion pack is written by Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait. It promises Uranus is featured and costs £8.

Weinersmith said:

I want more women in Stem fields. Why? Because I am selfish. I want all of my technology to be faster, smaller, and stronger, and I want other people to go through the effort to make that happen.

As long as women are underrepresented in science and technology, my next iProduct will be slightly lower quality. By funding a female student to become a scientist and a science ambassador, I hope to get just a little bit of my incredibly lazy wish.

It turns out this isn't even the first time Cards Against Humanity has shown a more compassionate side.

Their bullsh-t prank last year "was for fun, not money", but the proceeds the company did manage to make went to Heifer International, a charity that distributes livestock to families around the world to promote self-sustainability.

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