Skepchick Quickies 4.22

On this day, the US Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864, which is the first act to authorize the phrase “In God We Trust” on the two-cent coin. Unfortunantely, this phrase ended up replacing the superior “E Pluribus Unum.”

  • The sexist fans of ‘I f-cking love science’ – This line really got me: ‘‘I mean you are an attractive woman. Doesn’t make it sexist, dear.” Ew with a touch of patroniziation. From Veronica.
  • Don’t Burn Your Bra for Science Just Yet – An excellent analysis of that recent article about how bras allegedly make women’s breasts sag more. Written by Rebecca.
  • Yes, Liberals Rule the Ivory Tower—But Why? – From CriticalDragon1177.
  • Can Herpes Be Cured Naturally? – A nice summary of current results. From Anna.
  • Women’s troupe brings stories of survival to the stage – From Jack99.
  • Joan Collins is right. Any woman who wants to stay beautiful (like me!) needs to diet every day of her life – Note: this is not satire. Samantha Brick is a well-known blockhead. Look up the rest of her articles for more hilarity! From Moniqa.
  • Reinhart, Rogoff… and Herndon: The student who caught out the profs – An economics paper used to make the case for austerity cuts was based on a faulty spreadsheet formula. Oops! From CriticalDragon1177.
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    1. I am convinced that the whole Samantha Brick thing really is satire – but that she’s not in on the joke.

    2. Mary,

      In all seriousness Samantha Brick should care a bit more about her health rather than just her physical appearance.

      “:Like my female French in-laws, I follow an extreme low-calorie diet four times a year – one each season. I lose at least half-a-stone each time, though the side-effects mean that I don’t have the mental or physical fortitude to work.”

      Seriously Eat more and if you’re worried about looking good, exorcize more. Also, I would think that not having a kitchen would make more desperate for food, especially things that were very easy to get my hands on that I didn’t have to prepare, most of which would be very fattening, like brownies and cupcakes.

      1. Just browse through her other articles. She is shallow and a flake, and I totally believe she thinks looks are more important than health.

        1. “…I totally believe she thinks looks are more important than health.”
          Unfortunately I think this is very common. I have been fortunate enough to choose friends who don’t think like this, but when I am at a school event and get talking to the other moms, if I mention that I try to stay fit because of health they think I am crazy. One woman told me she quit smoking because her doctor told her it was aging her, but she never cared about the health effects.

      2. “Typos can be fun” Department:

        …and if you’re worried about looking good, exorcize more….

        I’m imagining a new diet craze:

        Scene: a crypt with incense burning in censers, with a very Catholic-looking priest leaning over a woman on an altar with bare midriff and eyes rolled up into her head. The priest sprinkles holy water on her stomach and intones: “Satanic belly-fat from hell, I command thee, in nomine patris, fillii, et spiritus sancti, be gone and trouble this woman no more!”

        Remember, you heard it here first!

    3. I just want to give a shout out to my alma mater, UMass, for the austerity paper catch. Eat it, Harvard! heh

      1. Scribe999

        Actually wingnuts will probably now start claiming that this just proves that our collages are out to indoctrinate people into liberalism, now that the paper rejecting austerity has been thrown out. Be on the lookout for Ann Coulter to diss UMass! : )

    4. “‘There is nothing that signifies failure better than fat”

      But her husband is fat. Quite fat, actually. What a pradox. I mean, I guess she means wome

      1. No kidding! Unfortunately I know a lot of French men like this – they look terrible but pester their wives constantly about not looking perfect.
        So she married an asshole who doesn’t even look good (in a conventional sense). Seeing how she is so shallow I would think she would see this as a failure.

    5. Samantha Brick eh? Brick by name… but I suppose we shouldn’t be too critical of the choices that others make. At the same time the message she sends to other, particularly young, women is really irresponsible and very unhealthy because this sort of propaganda promotes eating disorders. Despite all that I think she is in fact rather unattractive – that laserlike stare is just creepy.

    6. I mean, who would want to live with somebody who is on a diet pretty much full time? Cranky! Not to mention the rotten teeth from all those Polo mints.

    7. So the research was shoddy and Reinhart and Rogoff were wrong. Let’s not lose sight of the more important issue: austerity gives us an excuse to cut social programs.

    8. “Unfortunantely, this phrase ended up replacing the superior “E Pluribus Unim.””

      How can ‘e pluribus unim’ possibly be superior? It has a typo! :p

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