John Edward Gets Skeptically Pwned

Rarely do I find a homemade video that really makes me laugh out loud. Happily, this one did. Enjoy.

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Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor.

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  1. that’s “pwned.”

    And it was funny, but, clicking on play, I was expecting to see the real John Edward get jock-rocked. This was good, and funny, but that would have been great, and awesome.

  2. This reminds me of an old saying about TV that I shall paraphrase for my own nefarious means:
    “Psychics are called Mediums because they are neither rare, nor well done.”

  3. That was funny, even if I dislike the “poon” pronounciation of “pwn”. [rant about pronounciation of internet abbrevs and deliberate misspellings repressed] I think it should be pronounced “own”.

    Now to youtube to give credit where credit’s due.

  4. That was great, I especially loved the trouble the pwner had keeping up with the camera cuts.

    Bjornar: I personally prefer “pown”, just own with a p in front. I guess with some accents that might come out “poon”. My trouble with pronouncing it “own” is that it doesn’t distinguish between own and pwn.

  5. I am not from the internet generation (I was born near the baby-boom /generation-X boundary), so I don’t know anything about getting “pwned”. I would just say “That psychic huckster guy Jonathan got kicked in the nuts” :-):-).

    BTW, when I first saw Rebecca’s post, I thought it was going to be about the former presidential candidate John Edwards getting lampooned or blasted.


  6. Hanes: Yes, I thought about both spellings, but settled on the least amount of letters. Besides, I’ve never been a fan of silent letters.

    Billy Clyde: Yes, I have had to make the Edward/Edwards distinction several times.

  7. @James K: I don’t want to differentiate between pwn and own in speech, I think that should be left to the realm of text. I also throw large rocks at people using LOL and ROTFL in speech. :)

    If you’re actually LOL or ROTFL I will see and hear it, and if you aren’t and just say “lawl” you’re an idiot.

  8. I can’t wait till the OED puts “Pwned” and “N00B” into teh dictionary. Oh, and “teh”. I beleive the etymology (that’s word, not bugs, right?) of “pwned” is that it is a misspelling of “owned” . See? Knowledge is power!

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