Skeptics with a K: Episode #239


Secret Santa, Yorkshire Pudding, the Elf on a Shelf, and hibernating in a cave.  Plus ruining Christmas, Aldi’s carrot, musical road trips, and vibrating alarm clocks.  It’s a Bad PR Christmas run-down from Skeptics with a K!

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  1. #1 by Tom Williamson on December 13, 2018 - 15:07

    I would love to know the psychology behind why certain characters are a hit with kids. Last year when she was two, Rosalind absolutely loved the Aldi carrots, even coming up with her own name for them (“special carrots”). She can’t be the only one, as the toys sell out instantly and immediately command extortionate prices on eBay. This year she is totally ambivalent to them, and instead is obsessed with Peppa Pig.

  2. #2 by Patrick Carr on December 14, 2018 - 17:48

    Re: 12 Days of Christmas, the maximum number of gifts is 42 swans and 42 geese.

  3. #3 by Gareth Edwards on December 14, 2018 - 18:32

    Mike, call me a skeptic but I can’t work out whether your mention of your polyamoury was true or a joke. If it’s true, would you be willing to talk about further? It is a lifestyle that many, including myself, are unfamiliar with and would be interested in learning more about. Although of course it’s none of my business and your private life is your own. So apologies if I have overstepped the mark in asking about this.
    Best Wishes,
    Gareth

  4. #4 by Mike Hall on December 15, 2018 - 17:29

    Hi Gareth! No, it wasn’t a joke. If you’re interested in knowing more, listen to episode #229!

  5. #5 by David Fairweather on December 16, 2018 - 21:19

    To all here Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  6. #6 by Linda on December 19, 2018 - 12:56

    I can’t believe I’m the first pedant to step up and shout RUDOLPH IS NOT ONE OF THE REINDEER!
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus's_reindeer

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