Skepchick Quickies, 8.12

A very special afternoon edition of the Quickies.


Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. So that picture on the site you linked of a “second monster”? It’s a dog. I like the hoax of a hoax thing, though, and wish I had done it… Maybe I can do a hoax of a hoax of a hoax. Anyone want to help?

  2. I’m going to stick with “it’s a raccoon” and just walk away from all this hoax of a hoax of a hoax of a movie of a book of a play written by Shakespeare and adapted for the screen by Michael Bay.

    Sure, folks. That’s nice. I’ll be over here, reading about something that isn’t completely retarded.

  3. The ignorance in the comments on the MMR story are astounding. Lots of parents of autistic children that claim to be “well educated” about the connection. Never mind that dozens of studies since Wakefield published in 1998 have shown that MMR vaccine has no causal or triggering relationship with autism. Never mind that 10 of the 12 co-authors of the original paper withdrew their support of Wakefield’s conclusions. All they see is that one 10 year old paper suggests that there *might* be a link and that seals it for them. No evidence to the contrary will ever be enough to convince them because the *know* the truth.

  4. I take issue with the ‘too far in the name of science’ story. Only weak-minded fools think you can go too far in the name of science!!!

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a weather machine to build and a man-bear-pig to perfect…

  5. They say madness runs in our family. Some even call me mad. And why? Because I dared to dream of my own race of atomic monsters, atomic supermen with octagonal shaped bodies that suck blood…

  6. How to survive it? Pshaw! I’ll be starting it! Surely, my beautiful creations would never turn on their master, the one man who could give them life!

  7. Joshua-
    Just remember to make a remote control with one big, red “ABORT” button just in case they turn on you.
    Don’t make any copies, you wouldn’t want it to fall into the wrong hands.
    And make sure that the control is very fragile and can be carelessly smashed.

  8. That bit about Andrew Ure in the mad scientist thing is absolutely horrifying.

    That’s all I have to say. Thanks for the link, Skepchick… I’m gonna be completely unable to concentrate on anything all day long now.

  9. I will, in fact, have an easily-smashable remote control with a big, red abort button. I will overtly carry it with me at all times.

    And then I will quietly implement the real abort feature as a voice-identifying pass phrase which only I know, and which is randomly generated and rotated regularly.

    Because fortune favours the crazy prepared.

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