Skepticism

Divining for a Date May Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to Sean for finding my childhood home (and phone number)!

Sean obviously did not come about this information using a divining rod. He claimed to have used a magic 8-ball, but I have yet to find an 8 ball with my home address (current or not). Clearly, Sean did a background check on me.

I’ll be honest, at first I was a little mad. But then I realized a couple of things:

  1. Sean did not break any rules.
  2. This is exactly the same sort of tactic John Edward would use

I am a little embarrassed that I was so shortsighted. I didn’t consider that someone could/would do a background check on me to win the Challenge. But, as I said to the other Skepchicks, I underestimated the lengths people will go to when a date with Rebecca is on the line.

While everyone else was taking the high-road, actually looking at the map and guessing randomly, Sean played the game like a true psychic. He was sneaky. And it was brilliant.

Imagine being a true believer. Imagine making an appointment to see Psychic Medium Sean so you could talk to your recently deceased spouse or child. You’re desperate to hear from your loved one again. In the middle of the reading, Sean tells you that your dead daughter is sending a message of validation and he blurts out your childhood address. 20+ years have passed since you’ve lived there, you’ve moved 4 or 5 times and your name has changed. No one, you think, would know this information except your relatives. You’d be sold, 100%. Sean would have a client for life.

Well-played, Sean. Mad props to you on this one.

You blew my pre-caffeinated mind.

Elyse

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9 Comments

  1. I can tell I follow politics more than popular culture because this sentence confused the hell out of me…for a little while:

    This is exactly the same sort of tactic John Edward would use

    I could only come up with a lawyer joke to make sense of it until I was like, “Oh, that John Edwards.”

  2. @MAJeff I had exactly that confusion when a friend told me a month ago that she and her sister were so excited to be going to see John Edwards in CT in June. It took me a minute of confused conversation to say like you ” Oh that John Edwards.”

  3. Gabriel-

    Rebecca is not married.

    Johnea

    Sean hasn’t won the date yet. The winners of the monthly contests will have a psychic face-off at the end of the year for the date. Sean has made it into the playoffs. Should he win the date with Rebecca, though, he’ll use his powers to bring you along “in spirit”.

  4. D’oh! I got the right latitude, but I was on the wrong side of the map. Obviously my way of tricking my conscious mind was a bit too tricky and fooled the spirits as well. If I hadn’t flipped the map over I’d have been really close.

    Whaddayamean that’s not a legitimate defense of my psychic powers?! They worked perfectly, just mirrored, and turned 2 degrees clockwise, which I should have expected, what with the magnetic north pole having been stolen by the NWO.

  5. I actually had it right too, but I was embarrassed at revealing my amazing psychic powers here so I kept it to myself. You’ll just have to trust me that I got the right answer, but since I am entirely straight, I am happy to concede the prize to the tricksome Sean.

    ;)

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