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Merry Christmas, Bob Novella!

Dear Bob,

Merry Christmas!  I know I can say such “controversial” words to you without offending your intelligence, and I have every confidence you will not spit back in my face a snarky reply to the very notion of my having bestowed a religious salutation upon you.

I was shopping online for “a gift for [...]

Searching For Groucho, Finding Cavett

I went looking for a clip of an interview of Groucho Marx where he talks about his famous visit to a medium for a seance.  It is one of the funniest anecdotes in the history of skeptical accounts, one I remember fondly as a budding skeptic back in 1996. 

Alas, there does not seem to [...]

Riddles of the Paranormal

In a viral campaign for the book Wildwood, Rainn Wilson has been playing around with an Asimov-like alter ego named Xanthony O’Harbinger. A clip has just debuted showing O’Harbinger hosting Riddles of the Paranormal, a show that bears a passing resemblance to Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World.

This episode takes place in Portland, Oregonå, and [...]

Classic SGU Bits – Billions and Bacon

The Skeptics’ Guide has been around for over 5 years now.  And there have been many funny bits and quotes.  I gave an overview of the famous Monkey/Bird debate last week.  And, as promised, here are some more funny SGU moments from the first two years.

Billions

Bob is known for many things, most recently [...]

Any Monkey Worth His Salt

It’s been a while since this has been brought up, but the most important debate in SGU history seems to have been left unresolved. Started over 5 years ago during episode 42 of the Skeptics’ Guide, the famous debate began between Steve and Perry when Steve started talking about birds and Perry famously said:

Oh [...]