Skepchick Quickies 11.18


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Is Rebecca’s sloth attack coming later?

    The MSNBC page is messing up my browser, trying to load background links. Giving them a very bad rating for that on Web of Trust. Grrrr, I want to read that, too.

      1. Yeah, IE (and my phone) just locked up with wordpress and other links trying to dl. Chrome had no problems!

  2. Now I want beer.

    And I’d know if I was drinking non-alcoholic beer. You couldn’t fool me with O’Dell’s. I’d ruin that study haha. “THIS IS NOT REAL BEER.”

    1. I wanna know how they’re administering the beer that people can’t taste the difference.

      1. I wondered the same thing. I would KNOW. And if you drink regularly, you’d probably know, too. At least when it comes to Fat Tire versus O’DOUL’S. I MEAN COME ON NOW.

        Just. Ew.

    2. I would know real beer too. But maybe it doesn’t matter much if you do know you are drinking the placebo, as far as the experiment goes.

      How to explain that the author didn’t know? Maybe the runners were on an endorphin high from the running?

      Or maybe everybody just gets drunk on high spirits? (perfectly possible, similar things have happened to me)

      Also, moderate drinking = 2 drinks/day? By Aussie standards, that is practically teatotal!

  3. The story on non-believers and tragedy is from an NPR series that has been airing this week. I reccomend finding the whole series, it has been very intresting.

  4. A little anecdote on the unhelpfulness of clergy – Just a few months ago, my stepmum’s sister died very suddenly of a heart attack. This came out of the blue (she had a rare and previously undetected heart problem) and was quite a tragedy. Her son is in his late teens and her daughter is in her early 20s and had to come with her baby from another province to attend the funeral and make arrangements for cleaning and selling the house and finding a home for the son. Their family was quite religious, and attended a church regularly and had for years. Not a single member of the church sent flowers, visited, offered to help or even sent a card. The phone didn’t ring, the priest didn’t offer any consolation. This woman spent years devoted to this church and the congregation did nothing for her children. The daughter’s completely lost faith and has made her split with the church (she’s getting all in to paganism now). I found the whole thing very disappointing and sad.

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