Archive for September, 2010

Caption Competition #10

Last week and two days ago (sorry we’re late, the dog ate the computer) we showed you this picture and asked you to supply your witty captions. We got several entries, all very good, but in the end we decided to go with this one:

After reporting his results Cambridge realised it should have been more skeptical of hawkings funding request to study exotic liquids in warm atmospheres.

This caption was from Craig Rossborough. Thanks, Craig Rossborough!

To celebrate the recent fossil discovery of a massive species of red penguin from 36 million years ago, we thought we’d have a bit of a penguin themed competition this week. So…

What should be the caption for the picture below?



Skeptics in the Pub: Tracy King – Cancelled/converted to a social

We’d originally planned to have the excellent Tracy King from Skepchick come to talk to us about Storm: The Animated Movie. However, due to demands of her role with TAM London (tickets still on sale – buy them now!) Tracy has had to cancel at the last minute, which is a huge – yet understandable – shame.
Instead, this event will revert back to a social at Dr Duncan’s, where there’ll be drinks, laughter and the chance to chat to your fellow skeptics, and stuff. Which is pretty damn cool, in any case.

Hope to see you there!

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #031

The Skeptics with a K discuss the 14th European Skeptical Congress, the Pope’s Holyrood speech and evolution denial in Northern Ireland.  Plus the tale of the Dealer of Death, 30,000 witches, a dead dog and a rodent.


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QED picks up a Novella…

QED: Question. Explore. Discover.

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We at QED promised a great mix of excellent guests, and we’re determined to deliver. Not only have we already announced a top comedian, a fascinating investigator of the eccentric, a legendary fighter of creationism, an exposer of the media’s dirty secrets, a juggling mathematician and more, but we’re now delighted to be able to announce one of the biggest names in skepticism.

As host of the world’s leading skeptical podcast, now into it’s 5th year and totalling over 10 million downloads to date, it’s fair to say the latest addition to the QED line-up can be described as a leading voice in global skepticism. Prolific in writing about the need for science based medicine – a term he coined, in fact – and expert in a huge range of skeptical topics, he is of course… Find out now!

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Caption Competition #9

We’re in the mood for brevity this week..

Last week, we showed you THIS.

The winning caption was THIS:


Congrats to Tom Williamson.

Now that’s all out of the way, we can show you this week’s picture. We did consider showing a funny picture of the Pope just to be topical, but a quick google image search simply reveals lots of Emporer Palpatine look-a-like jokes and baby-kissing – the latter of which would lead to no end of tasteless innuendo on this site. That said, this one‘s quite funny.

In the end, we decided against it. No state visits for the Pope on this site. Stephen Hawking on the other hand… :

What should be the caption for this picture?



Skeptics in the Pub: Elizabeth Pisani

Public Health Prostitution: Has HIV made whores of us all?

by Elizabeth Pisani
When: Wed, Oct 27, 2010 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines (aka the Big House), 81 Lime Street, Liverpool


Epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani will argue that a bloated AIDS industry dances to the tune of money and ideology rather than science and common sense. The result: over 60 million HIV infections to date, and still rising.
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