No matter whether you use twitter religiously, or think it's a complete waste of time, there's no denying 2016 has been a pretty good year for hilarious tweets.
Whether it’s describing all our favourite male scientists as if they were female, snails finding love on twitter, or the platform winning our hearts with Planet Earth II, 2016 definitely had some good moments. Not to mention, some amazing science twitter burns.
Here’s our pick of some of the top 9 science tweets of 2016 (in no particular order):
1. These loved up snails
Jeremy the snail, who was born with a rare left sided shell, has found not one, but two potential partners after a worldwide Twitter search to find another leftie.
Definitely our favourite love story of the year.
2. When you really don't understand gravitational waves
Really excited about gravitational waves because now there's one more thing I don't understand about the universe.— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) February 11, 2016
Obviously we're all pretty excited about gravitational waves, but Sarcastic Rover nails one of our favourite reactions to the discovery.
Sometimes you just need a little sarcasm.
3. Everything about Planet Earth II
4. NASA and the Supermoon
The Supermoon this year was the largest in 70 years, but NASA managed to take one of our favourite Supermoon pictures by photographing the Moon with the Soyuz rocket in front of it.
5. Lego Academics are all of us
6. NASA does halloween right
Just when we all got over how unimpressive our pumpkins were for halloween this year, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory remind us what engineers can do with a bunch of pumpkins and one hour to come up with something awesome.
We would highly recommend checking them all out - the amount of dry ice is worth it on it's own.
7. Writing about male scientists as if they were female
«A devout husband and father, Darwin balanced his family duties with the study of the specimes he brought from his travels.»— Daurmith (@Daurmith) January 30, 2016
We might not think much about the way words and language affect our day-to-day lives, but switch the dialogue surrounding the genders around, and the difference becomes pretty obvious.
Twitter user Daurmith managed to explain pretty succinctly how language changes depending on your gender this year, by writing about male scientists as if they were females.
8. Climate Change
The existence of Twitter is forever validated by the following exchange. pic.twitter.com/f3TciHPFFh— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 16, 2016
This tweet has everything: an absolute killer comeback from one of our favourite astrophysicists Katie Mack, and a retweet by J.K. Rowling.
When you see stuff like this, you realise that 2016 wasn't all bad - especially for science.
Still, we're pretty excited to see what new incredible discoveries can be made in the new year.
Happy 2017 everyone!