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AI: I Have Prepared A Haiku

Atlanta Skepticamp was this past weekend and unfortunately A and myself couldn’t make it. We were busy in San Diego busting psychics and tarot card readers for practicing without a permit. True story. We did manage to take a little time out from our volunteer work with the SDPD to put together a fun video for Maria to play for all her Atlanta friends. I thought it might give you a giggle and so I have posted it here.

Have you ever written a song about skepticism or a poem about science? Have you ever written a geeky haiku? Will you now?

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

Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia, science-loving artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and is currently in love with pottery. Daily maker of art and leader of Mad Art Lab. Support her on Patreon. Tip Jar is here.

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  1. Hi there!

    Well now I HAVE to! :(

    (actually, I’ve thought about it. I have a brother who does Urban Poetry, and a lot of the poetry slams that I’ve been to involve some deeply religious/spiritual themes that raise my hackles)

  2. I’m sure you’ve been informed by now, but you both had the entire room rolling on the floor.

  3. A few years ago I wrote a haiku about how loud my cat is when she pees. If I may…

    Groucho pees loudly
    In that litter box of hers
    Little waterfall.

  4. I wrote a rap about dinosaurs when I was in elementary school — not for an assignment, but because I wanted to. I don’t remember all of it but I think it started:

    Dinosaurs lived a long time ago
    they were related to birds, don’t you know . . .


  5. OK, here’s my contribution (sung to the tune of Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee from Grease):

    Look at me, I’ve a PhD
    Lousy with authority
    I saw it through
    At Patriot U
    And now! I’m a PhD

    50 pages (front and back!)
    And a spell check I did lack
    But PU got paid
    And Doctor was made
    Look at me! I’m a PhD

    Darwinists doubt my claims
    But they’ll burn soon, in Hell’s flames
    Don’t understand tax laws
    But know evolution has flaws
    Trust me! I’m a PhD

  6. I have the start of a science song, but I’ve never managed to get it any further. It also requires some preamble.

    If you go to a museum, in the evolution/natural history section you’re likely to come across some dioramas labelled “age of fish”, “age of amphibians”, “age of reptiles”, “age of mammals”. This is a load of rubbish, created by our anthropocentric viewpoint. The ruling lifeform of Earth is bacteria, and has been since our earliest evidence of life on Earth. This is the Age of Bacteria. Furthermore, we’re only part way through the Age of Bacteria – it will last until the sun bakes the Earth about 5 billion years hence, so we’re just a bit short of half way. If we use the traditional ‘compare a long period of time to 24 hours’ on it, then we get…

    [Music: Age of Aquarius]
    This is mid morning of the Age of Bacteria
    The Age of Bacteria!
    Bacteria! Bacteria!

    (For what it is worth, I place this idea in the public domain. If you can finish it, you can use it as you wish.)

  7. As part of a gift exchange, I wrote my entire wish list as a series of haiku.

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