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Question of The Week: What Slogan Should Be On Our T-Shirts?

As you may know, we now have an online shop where you can buy all sorts of 10:23 campaign goodies, such as t-shirts, hoodies, mugs and ties. It’s all wonderfully designed and will no doubt be the best purchase you have ever made, so please visit…

What we don’t have is a Skeptics With a K t-shirt. Our esteemed podcast is woefully under-represented in the world of merchandise and shameless cashing in, so we thought we’d open up to our wonderful listeners out there (that’s you!) and ask for suggestions.

Our Question of The Week is this: What Slogan Should Be On Our T-Shirts?

Is there a particular line from the show that you think should be adorning the torsos of Skeptics? Maybe you have another idea for what should be on the shirts. As long as it’s funny and appropriate, and gives a feel of what the show is about, we don’t mind.

So please leave your suggestions in the comments below, or email us if you’re feeling secretive. Winners will receive our undying love…

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Question of The Week: What Foreign Woo Have You Found On Holiday?

Woo doesn’t recognise geographical boundaries, as we found out when the 10:23 campaign caught the imagination of skeptics not just in England, but in countries as far afield as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The ability to believe utter bollocks is a shared human trait, and it is in full view all over the world. Whether it’s the widespread use of homeopathy in France, Aids denialism in Africa or the belief that 9/11 was an inside job in the USA, woo is in rude and lively health, and it’s clocking up the airmiles.

So the Question of The Week is this: What Foreign Woo Have You Found On Holiday?

Were you accosted by Italian Scientologists? Did a small Brazilian boy try to sell you a mystical crystal skull? Maybe you’ve come across something ridiculous in another country that you’ve never found anywhere else. Whatever it is, let us know. Satiate our desire for new and wonderful woo!

Please leave your answers below.

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Question of The Week: Which Question Do You Want to Answer?

Last week we celebrated the one year anniversary of the Merseyside Skeptics Society with a special Liverpool Skeptics in The Pub, which included a live recording of our podcast Skeptics With a K. In a change from our usual dictatorial style, we asked the audience for suggestions for a Question of The Week, and ended up with two of them!

Questions that is, not audience members.

In the interests of fun, and because it means we don’t have to make a decision about it, we’ve decided that instead of choosing only one of them as this week’s question, we’ll let you answer both. Think of it as a Question of The Year as well as a Question of The Week, an extra special gift from us to you!

So this week’s Question(s) of The Week, courtesy of Andrew Johnston and Tom Williamson are:

1/ If you could have three dinner guests, one living, one dead and one ‘woo’, who would they be?

2/ What ‘woo’ presents have you received?

Maybe you have a thing for white beards and want to have dinner with James Randi, Darwin and Santa; or maybe you once recieved a ‘genuine’ Mayan crystal skull from a boyfriend or girlfriend. Whatever it is, we want to know. I’ll leave the definition of ‘woo’ here deliberately vague, so no-one feels limited. It’s up to your good selves whether you answer one or both questions.

Please leave your answers in the comments section below.

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Question of The Week: What Nonsense Facts Can You Ascribe To A Skeptic?

Chuck Norris doesn’t read books: he stares them down till they give him the information he wants. Oh, and Rome? He did build that in a day. And you know what’s underneath that beard? Another FIST!

These are just a few of the nonsense ‘facts’ ascribed to martial-arts yeti Chuck Norris that fly about the internet. Fortunately for him, none of them touch on his acting ability. If you listened to our podcast, Skeptics With a K, yesterday, you will have heard Mike ‘The Health Ranger’ Adams’ completely un-ironic list of facts about Skeptics. You know the score:  Skeptics don’t believe in anything, we work for Big Pharma, kill babies, that kind of thing… So for this week’s Question of the Week, we thought he’d give a Chuck Norris inspired response to Adams’ drivel.

The Question of The Week is this: What kind of Chuck Norris style nonsense facts can you ascribe to Skeptics that Mike Adams missed?

The funniest answer won’t recieve anything except our undying admiration, but if that’s good enough for Chuck Norris then it’s good enough for us!

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Question of the Week/Fortnight/Miscellaneous Holiday Period: New Year’s Resolutions

Well, it’s the New Year! Almost. At time of writing, it’s still New Year’s Eve, we’re all partying like it’s two-thou-sand-and-nine and the decade still has time to surprise us with something. A bunch of flowers from the 24-hour garage would do – it’s the thought that counts. Round about this time of the year, everyone asks everyone else if they’ve made any New Year’s Resolutions, and everyone tells everyone ‘Oh, well, I don’t tend to do much because I know I’m not going to stick to any of it beyond the middle of January, but I am going to try to <insert wildly ambitious life-changing decision>’

I for one won’t be making any resolutions, except that I resolve to make a maths-based continuous/discrete gag every time someone tells me to be discreet, and also I resolve not to make wild resolutions that I’m never going to stick to in a month of Sundays. Or even one Sunday, for that matter. But what are we to do in the hideous gaps in conversations that will arise from having no resolutions to natter about at the water-cooler/generic-cliched-meeting-place when we all trudge back to work? Do we stand in silence? Do we mime speaking and hope our colleagues all assume they’ve been struck deaf? Here’s a better idea:

Make up some New Year’s Resolutions – the barmier the better, the more ludicrous the lovelier, the more x the y-er.

And have a great 2010, especially since we only have two years left until the Mayan zombie apocalypse draws an Asteroid made of CO2 into one of our volcanoes and triggers the end of the world. Or something. I never bothered watching that film, to be honest. I hear it’s good though.

(Regular readers may have spotted we’ve put nothing out in well over a week. Apologies, we’ve been lazily picking at what’s left of the Christmas Turkey, not because we’re hungry, just because it’s been there in the fridge when we’ve got the milk out for our cups of tea, and it’s rude not to, after all… Regular service will resume in 2010)

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Technical difficulties, and a question of vampires.

Cripes!

It’s been a busy weekend most of my time having been taken up attending extended meetings with a litany of scoundrels – Jim Beam and Jose Cuervo to name but the two worst offenders – and so I have had very little time for blogging.

And now that I do have a little more time, my laptop is broken.

So, posts from myself, the bleary-eyed-and-sore-headed Reverend Colonel Molerat, will have to be short, quick and vacuous until I once again have the technology at my disposal to spend long evenings reading, researching and writing (I hear cries of relief from those who have suffered through my longer ramblings!).

The first of these posts is, of course, this one, and it is already becoming much longer than expected. So, to try and produce more content for less work, I am going to pose a question to you, O Anonymous Reader, a question I have long pondered and the answer to which I do not know:

How much evidence of God would a ‘real’ western-style vampire be?

If there were a true ‘I vant to suck your blood!’-style vampire, who ticked every ‘vampire’ box (turning into a bat, sleeping in a coffin, hating garlic, etc), how would you interpret their aversion to the Christian Cross? Evidence of a deity, or evidence of vampiric phobia of certain geometric shapes?

How would you investigate? Vampires of different cultural backgrounds? Crosses vs crucifixes? Placebo holy water?

So! Throw off the shackles of anonymity! Embrace the comforting hug of a nym, be it pseudonym or, erm, real nym, and comment below the fold!


Colonel Molerat never drinks wine…

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