When it comes to science and the internet, there is so much to see, so much to learn, and so much to explore. One of our favorite go-to pages for the funny side of science is I F*cking Love Science (IFLS), where 24-year old WYSK Elise Andrew curates the best quotes, jokes, memes and videos about the amazing world of science.
Armed with a degree in biology, a quick wit, and a passion for all things science, Elise launched the Facebook page in March 2012 as a way to share the “bizarre facts and cool pictures” she kept finding online with her friends. “The page was never supposed to be more than me posting to a few dozen of my friends.”
Well, so much for that! Elise’s page garnered over 1,000 likes after just one day on Facebook. By September 2012, she exceeded 1 million likes and as of today, IFLS has 9.4 million page likes, making Elise one of science’s most surprising and influential advocates.
“It’s a sad day when a woman being funny and interested in science is considered newsworthy.”Last spring, Elise stunned fans when she joined Twitter using her name and photo, revealing (although it was never a secret) that it was in fact a woman behind the popular page. Her account was immediately inundated with negative comments about her gender and physical appearance. What was shocking for Elise was the fact that anyone actually cared. “I was absolutely astonished by an onslaught of comments expressing their absolute shock that IFLS is run by a woman,” she wrote.
Well, so much for the hater’s, because Elise’s incredible success with IFLS and her other pages Earth Story, Evolution, The Universe, and the G-rated version of IFLS – Science is Awesome – has led to discussions with the Science Channel about producing online educational videos, and scored her a plum job at LabX Media, the publishers of Lab Manager Magazine and The Scientist, as their Social Media Content Manager.
In an interview with Maclean’s, Elise explains her passion “I f*king love this stuff. I get so excited about it. I feel so strongly and passionately about that and I hope that comes across. I really think that enthusiasm is infectious.”
We think so too!