A one-man herd

It’s like me… if  I wore sunglasses… and were a man… and a cop… and in a movie!

It’s like Skeptical Ninja Zach Weiner was thinking of me, specifically, when he drew this!


Elyse MoFo Anders is the bad ass behind forming the Women Thinking, inc and the superhero who launched the Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated campaign as well as podcaster emeritus, writer, slacktivist extraordinaire, cancer survivor and sometimes runs marathons for charity. You probably think she's awesome so you follow her on twitter.

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  1. I say with complete conviction that the Granada TV productions of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes staring Jeremy Brett is among the finest work ever done for television.

    To enjoy fiction – any fiction – you have to buy into the story and its premises. I read and adored all of the stories as a child. I have not read them again but if my memory does not fail me, the Granada productions toned down some of Doyle’s excesses. Still, I have seen a great many actors trying to play Sherlock and IMO they all but one failed. Jeremy Brett’s performances were simply stunning.

    Sorry, Elyse. I seem to be wandering off topic. Do you think you might punish me?

  2. Someone has to mention the movie “The Skeptic.”

    (original title, now “The Haunting of Bryan Becket” 2009)

    The movie has it’s problems too: Seems like nearly all the characters are more skeptical than “the skeptic” character — even the “psychic” and the “paranormal researcher!!!”

  3. I’m sorry, but I think that “correlation implies causality” is really lame: It is the argument of the anti-vaccinationists! Children are diagnosed with autism around the time they get vaccinations; “therefore one causes the other.” (And it’s clear that autism does not cause vaccinations.)

    For herd immunity, we have a causative mechanism. For children who die of whooping cough who have not been vaccinated, we have a causative mechanism. For the anti-vaccination claims, there is no consistent plausible theory for any causative mechanism. And there is no correlation between anti-vaccination actions, like eliminating mercury from vaccinations and results, like less autism.

  4. genjokoan: “Huzzah! Hear, hear!”

    Jeremy Brett’s portrayal of Holmes was the best I’ve ever seen and also the most faithful to the stories, IMHO. RIP, Jeremy. I grieve that you will no longer be playing Holmes. Truely a gifted actor…His creepy “half smile” was just chilling…

  5. To keep us way off topic, Jeremy Brett kicks ass – exactly the way I pictured Holmes while reading the stories: a huge asshole but a great rationalist (unlike his creator). I’m currently completing my collection on Amazon.

  6. @JeffGrigg: Umm, I read it about 5 times before I realized it’s “casualty”, not “causality”.

    Did I just spoil it for both all the people who got it and all the people who didn’t?

  7. Another Yes Yes Yes for Jeremy Brett! He IS Sherlock Holmes. That’s why I couldn’t bring myself to see the new movie–it would ruin my vision of Holmes.

  8. @Brian G: Yes! That’s why I always explain my jokes until everyone gets them and laughs. Laugh, damn it, laugh.

    Actually, once I got the joke, it didn’t really seem that funny. I think it’s because it works a little as a written pun, but not at all as an auditory pun. Maybe the hard s plus the silent u in causality make it sound too different from the soft s and barely aspirated u in casualty.

    Clearly the more analysis we apply to this joke, the better.

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