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Cards Against Humanity releases science-themed expansion to benefit women in STEM

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Cards Against Humanity bills itself as a "party game for horrible people," and that it is. Full disclosure: I own this game and like three expansion packs for it. It's like Apples to Apples, if you're familiar, but with R-rated topics and extra points for lewdness and utter absurdity.

[Cards Against Humanity turns into a political watchdog group, because why not?]

But this delightfully horrible game is doing something decidedly not horrible: On Monday, the company released a new science-themed expansion penned by a couple of our favorite nerds. And what's even better is that all the proceeds will benefit a brand new scholarship; one that gives women seeking undergrad degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics a full ride to college.

So that's pretty awesome.

“Everyone at Cards Against Humanity was fortunate enough to receive a great college education that helped us find a job that we're passionate about, and our goal with this scholarship is to make that opportunity available to others,” Cards Against Humanity community manager Jenn Bane said in a statement. “Several of the co-creators of Cards Against Humanity earned degrees in science, whereas I got a degree in journalism. Now look at where I am. Writing this press release for them.”

[Gender gap: Women welcome in ‘hard working’ fields, but ‘genius’ fields are male-dominated, study finds]

Meanwhile, co-creator Josh Dillon is about to defend an astrophysics dissertation at MIT. He'd like to see women better represented in fields like his, and he's putting his money where his mouth is.

Most importantly (really, really importantly) the applications for the scholarship (which will start with the 2016 school year) will be reviewed by a board of 40 awesome and probably super smart and cool women in the sciences. Anyone in high school or college who identifies as female "in a way that's significant to them" can apply. The recipients get a full ride for four full years. Sign up for updates here, scientists of the future!

The packs, which sell for $10 starting Monday, are bound to be excellent: They're written by Zach Weinersmith, who's known for the super-smart webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, and Phil Plait, who blogs at Slate's Bad Astronomy and is often given shout-outs on this very blog.

I'm pretty sure I'll love this science-themed card pack, but unfortunately I can't recommend it to everyone: It's seriously R-rated. But if you're an adult who can chuckle at the darkest of dark potty humor (which you probably are, if I know anything about my readership) you should give them a look — it's for a truly great cause.