Skeptics with a K: Episode #200

In this special bumper episode of Skeptics with a K, we celebrate our 200th episode! Featuring crystal butt plugs, amethyst dildos, protesting racists, and learning to drive. Plus cleaning hotel rooms, water polo, electromagnetic radiation… dead cells, Yorkshire Pudding, and sausages. Sausages! Sausages.

  1. #1 by Matt on June 16, 2017 - 10:59

    Congratulations! Another awesome milestone!

    Also, you should eat Yorkshire Puddings at ANY possible opportunity, if there is meat and gravy on a plate, get a pudding on there!

  2. #2 by Tom Williamson on June 16, 2017 - 12:25

    Congratulations on 200 shows!

    Right, here’s how to make Yorkshire puddings.
    You will need:

    A 3×4 muffin tray
    A big jug (no sniggering Mike)
    An oven, turned on and set to it’s highest temperature
    Eggs (1 egg for every three puddings)
    Plain flour (cheapo white flour is absolutely fine)
    Full fat milk
    Salt and pepper
    Vegetable oil or similar (sunflower is fine)

    The key to a good Yorkie is HEAT. Get everything as hot as possible during cooking and you won’t go far wrong.

    Take your muffin tray and put a tiny drop of oil in each cup (they are called cups, I looked it up). Stick the tray on the top shelf of the oven to heat up.

    Make the batter. Crack off your eggs into the jug, and lightly beat. Don’t work them too much, you don’t want any air in there. Then, slowly work in flour until you’ve got a thick paste. After that, slowly work in milk until the batter has the consistency of single cream. Season the batter with salt and pepper, then give it another quick stir. Do NOT put the batter in the fridge like you would with pancakes.

    The next step is to get the batter into the tray. Work really quickly at this point. Open the oven door, but leave the tray in the oven if you can,
    or slide it out, or whatever. Fill each cup 2/3 – 3/4 with the batter. Don’t put in too much or the bottoms of them will be filled with uncooked batter, no one wants that.

    Once the batter is in the tray, put the tray back on the top shelf, shut the oven and leave it undisturbed for 20 minutes. Do NOT be tempted to open the door to check on them. In fact, leave the room, or better yet, the country.

    When the 20 minutes are up, open the oven door and you should have some massive, hot, fluffy and delicious Yorkshire puddings. Eat.

  3. #4 by John on June 18, 2017 - 17:35

    I’ve two points.

    First, I was genuinely offended at the glee that was displayed at the kettling, hounding, and driving out of the EDL, and am surprised that you don’t seem to have a problem at your displaying the same kind of intolerance and harassment that they do.

    You don’t like their political views (I don’t either), and you don’t like them coming into “your” town, so you took part in an organised event to chase them out.

    This is no different to the EDL trying to hound people whose views they don’t like out of town either. How can you take joy in making people fear for their safety, and have to hide? It would be similar to a group deciding to shut down your conference because they think that you are spreading views that they don’t like.

    Secondly, Mike asked a while back about the cooling equivalent of a microwave. Laser Doppler Cooling is what he’s thinking of. This uses beams of light to cool samples, by tuning the light to a frequency just above a resonant frequency of the material. This means that they only absorb when moving towards the light (the light being Doppler shifted up to their resonance), and so are slowed down, which is the same as cooling.

    Keep up the good work on science, but please, do think twice about organised harassment of people just because you don’t think that they are nice.

  4. #5 by Cappy Charlie on June 19, 2017 - 22:02

    Congratulations on the two hundredth episode, and nice to hear Colin back on the show. I feel it’s also important to add, sausages, sausages, sausages.

  5. #6 by Mark on June 20, 2017 - 04:58

    One big let-down with the show was the stereotypical ‘ist and ism’ fest over the tour guide announcements.

    1. The first comment about the drag artists is perfectly normal. It is comedic you need to get out more out of your bubble.
    2. Take a group of people with credit cards the women are much more likely to want to go shopping and waste a fortune on clothes that they may or more probably will not wear sometime in the future. There is no ‘ist or ism’ here it is a fact of life.
    3. Yes, there will be tourists who steal. However, some members of the indigenous population will make a career of ‘farming’ the tourists for valuables as it is easy pickings. Not warning you is negligent especially if there is a known character doing it.
    For ‘3’ as an example when I lived in the UK I was a member of a target shooting club. The police warned us that a man (name given) was not allowed access to the club or any guns as he had a history of attempting to steal them and or ammunition. We were not allowed a description or photograph for reasons of human rights and political correctness. We were supposed to ask any visitor for their name and if the name matched he was to escorted off the premises. This is obviously stupid. We were given a little hint (unofficially) that he had ginger hair. Now every ginger haired person who turned up was either asked to leave or prove who he was. A worse outcome than if we were given a photograph.
    So at the hotel if a known thief was black then giving a descriptive warning to be careful overall but to look out for a specific individual was sensible. Or maybe you would prefer “Look out for pick pockets outside the hotel. There is an individual who frequently operates here. They could be tall or short, any complexion, may even have ginger hair. Look out for them at all times.” Very useful.

  6. #7 by Rich on June 20, 2017 - 08:40

  7. #8 by Wieke on June 20, 2017 - 15:36

    I’ve got to say, unlike John there, I think it’s awesome that the EDL got chased out of town. The kind of “anti-facists are just as bad as fascists” style nonsense he’s promoting here is based on false equivalency and slippery slopes. People spreading false, irrational and most importantly dangerous ideas should be opposed. Sometimes a debate is the best way. And sometimes chasing them out of town is the best way. And with folks like the EDL I sincerely doubt a public debate with them does anything beyond granting them legitimacy and a platform.

  8. #9 by Oskar on June 25, 2017 - 10:53

    Hello from Arkansas. I have no clue what Yorkshire pudding is. Sounds like it might be similar to hush puppies. I think Most Americans know what rice pudding is.

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