Afternoon Inquisition

AI: Skeptical Boy Bands

This week’s Afternoon Inquistion comes courtesy of last week’s COTW winner, AmateurScientist, who writes:

Looking at my faded New Kids on the Block tattoo, I realized two
things: 1) I should never have gotten drunk at that elementary school
sleepover and 2) all boy bands follow a formula. There’s the cute one, the mysterious one, the dangerous one, the goofy one, and the one with the rattail.

If you had to cast a boy [ED: or girl!] band composed only of notable figures from the skeptical community, who would you cast in which roles? And what would you call the band?

The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.


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  1. Ani DiFranco as the dangerous one, Maynard James Keenan as the mysterious one, Marilyn Manson as the goofy one, Henry Rollins as the cute one, and Penn Jillette as the one with the rattail.

    And as per Penn, I’d call the band Mandatory False Dichotomy

  2. @ChaoSkeptic:

    I love me some George Hrab!

    My favorite of his podcast episodes is when he discusses the penis of Jesus for atleast ten minutes. Unfortunately, I was running in a very public place when listening to it and laughed hysterically for 30 additional minutes. Oh the looks I received.

  3. I loves the Hrab too, but that’s kind of an easy call!

    Richard Wiseman and Phil Plait would co-write the song
    Penn Jillette would play bass
    Christopher Hitchens would play (angry) piano
    Dawkins would be some sophisticated violin or something prissy and English ;)
    PZ would play reliable, constant rhythm guitar
    Randi would shred lead guitar solos with a flying-V
    Rebecca would play uncomfortable sounds on the Keytar.

  4. Andre Mayne at a TAM had a slide of his skeptic boy band go up on the big screen. He also had Phil Plaitt going out on his own with a CD called “Space Cowboy”. It was HILARIOUS. I wonder if Andrew or Phil still have the photos?

  5. To answer my own question…

    The cute one: Randi. I mean, look at that beard.

    The mysterious one: Derren Brown. What’s his deal, anyway?

    The dangerous one: Penn Jillette. No one is more dangerous around a china cabinet.

    The goofy one: Richard Dawkins. Just because being called “the goofy one” is bound to make that sourpuss squirm.

    The one with the rattail: Donnie Wahlberg. Obviously.

    The name: Logical Fantasy.

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