Skepchick Quickies 9.5

On September 5th, 1666, the Great Fire of London finally stopped. It had raged on for four days, destroying thousands of homes and 87 parish churches. The record states that only 6 people were killed but it was likely more than that because some people were probably completely cremated and the deaths of non-rich people generally weren’t recorded. You can read more about that here.


Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. Can we just put the Muppets in charge of the U.S.? Sure, every now and then we’ll be forced to break out in song…

  2. “Bert and Ernie aren’t gay and neither one of them are dead.”

    I’d rather state that as they are not yet old enough for their sexual orientation to become obvious to others (or, possibly, themselves.)

    I’m guessing that the ‘dead’ bit is a reference to this:

    I thought up a Sesame St muppet once. Consider the following as a brief Sesame St fan-fic:

    The Count has a daughter, Anathea, who dresses as a witch and likes to spell things, much as the Count counts them. (OK, arguably this makes her an Electric Company character rather than a Sesame St one.) She stays with him every second weekend. The Count fell in love with her mother because she drove an 18 wheeler truck, but it turned out not to be enough to sustain a long term relationship.

    Being a modern girl, Anathea has upgraded from broomstick to vacuum cleaner. A visitor comes to the Count’s castle. An electric cord is stretched across the room. The Count counts ‘one’, and explains he is counting the cord, and that soon there will be more. Anathea flys past in background, on a vacuum cleaner, leaving another stretched cord behind her. The Count explains Anathea’s backstory while intermittently incrementing his count as Anathea does another flyby. Eventually the cord runs out, the vacuum cleaner stops abruptly, Anathea flies off, and then starts unwinding the cord to have another go.

    In another scene, she is terrified because of a big scary monster which is somewhere off screen. A description of the monster is slowly extracted, until an adult is able to tell her it is just a street cleaner – like a giant broom for streets. Anathea is very happy and goes off screen. Adult thinks this is just because she it no longer scared, but then the street cleaner flies past in the background with Anathea riding it.

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