I was going to make this another dual-purpose CotW post, but the other topic ($cientology) grew to the point that it was overtaking the CotW and threatening to take up all my pre-NYC time, so look for that as a separate post to come soon. Instead, I give you a quick CotW.
This week was insane — we set a new record for number of comments on a single post and amount of arrogance emanating from a single poster, plus we introduced the Afternoon Inquisition, which is proving to be a very popular feature. Thanks to Jen for the inspiration, Sam for the name, and everyone else for jumping in to make up some wonderfully thought-provoking questions.
Anyway, all that means we had literally thousands of comments this week, with quite a few helpfully nominated by your peers to be CotW. I couldn’t decide between two of them, so hell, they both get it. Congrats first to Amanda (not the Skepchick writer Amanda, another Amanda) for turning a news item about carbohydrates and weight loss into something about crotch crabs:
Amanda // Aug 26, 2008 at 9:14 pm
I thought the first link said “CRABS kill cells that regulate appetite” and I was all like, “wait… the cells that regulate appetite are in your *crotch*??” Though, I probably would be too grossed out to eat if I had itchy crotch critters…
And equal congrats to sethmanapio for clearly defining “skeptic” and “asshat,” two words often confused by people who dream up conspiracy theories about 9/11:
sethmanapio // Aug 26, 2008 at 9:37 am
For a person educated in physics like myself and knowledgeable of proper investigations — it is laugh out loud funny.
Dude, you misunderstand the term “skeptic.”
A skeptic is someone who doubts. A person like you, who pretends to knowledge without showing any signs of actually having it, and then uses their claim of authority as a means of supporting any crackpot, bullshit theory that applies to their preconcieved belief that the government must be lying, is what we technically call an “asshat”.
I know that last one will probably only encourage more loony posts that may turn this into another 600+ comment thread, but I can’t help but give kudos to a comment that is both hilarious and educational.
So, Amanda and sethmanapio, for your hard work coming up with amusing comments, you win a long weekend! That’s right — just go ahead and take Monday off. Go to the beach, or maybe a barbecue. Enjoy yourselves! Send pictures.
Speaking of stuff to do this weekend, don’t forget that I’ll be in NYC tomorrow! 1:45pm at the Coney Island Museum. Hope to see some of you there.