Selling (Bullshit) with Science in 5 Easy Steps!


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. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. Ooooh! Can we make up a “study” that “proves” that bad science reporting causes obesity, global warming, bad hair days and unsightly age spots? I bet the Telegraph would print it, especially if you can get some people with lab coats and Erlenmeyer flasks to endorse it.

  2. Ah, Rebecca, you make me smile. However, asshole advertising like that certainly does not.

  3. Can we experiment with you, Rebecca?

    My lovely wife just turned 28 herself today (Happy Birthday, Honey), and the video above is also the first time seeing you in “the flesh”.

    Her comment was, “That’s the Skepchick!?! She’s too young to be the Skepchick! Stop looking at that teenager, you old pervert!”

    Does this make you feel better about yourself? How? And does it make you want to purchase some product or other? Do you really care about these silly questions?

    Spot on explanation video, BTW.

  4. 6 bad hair days a month. That’s great. I’d probably say I have a minimum of 6 bad hair days a week, but fortunately I’m a guy so that has zero significance to my overall wellbeing and confidence. I wonder what my ‘crowning glory’ both at work and in love is.

    Also – buxom: kudos, Rebecca, on the use of a word not seen since the demise of the ‘Carry On’ Films.

  5. Typical stuff… Everytime I see informercials, I see the exact, same method. The silliest part is when they make up problems and exagerate them in order to sell products. Like that toothpaste dispenser infomercial, in which people were shown to have problems using just a freaking toothpaste tube. Seriously, you have to be a lazy ass to buy something like that.

  6. Can we have this bit as a separate short video?

    No they didn’t.
    That’s made up.
    You suck.

    Or maybe just the two last sentences. That could be used as a reply much more often, but we’d lose the very excellent pauses…

  7. We’d be a lot better off if more people called Bullshit! when they saw it. You don’t have to look very far…

    Thanks, Rebecca!

  8. As if on cue, I go to Google Reader and see the headline, “Do twins share a telepathic link?”

    No they didn’t.
    That’s made up.
    You suck.

  9. @Bjornar:

    Can we have this bit as a separate short video?

    No they didn’t.
    That’s made up.
    You suck.

    Hahaha that was great. It would be awesome to just post that little bit as a short video in response to stupid claims.

  10. @MiddleMan: *grabs MM’s hand, closes eyes* okay!!! LOL

    Um, we aren’t driving over the cliff together like Thelma and Louise, are we????

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