This week on the Virtual Skeptics
- Bob is going to get blurry;
- Eve celebrates hump day;
- And back up, Tim is going to try some SCIENCE!
At the early Amazing Meetings, the emcee was always Hal Bidlack. He was known for performing sometimes as a US founding father. Which one?
Eve’s segment (at 4:40)
The Lancet: The scoliosis of Richard III (abstract; free registration required for full article) http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)60762-5/fulltext
USA Today (AP): Study: King Richard III maligned as hunchback http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/05/29/king-richard-hunchback/9745915/
CNN: Richard III’s spine was twisted, not hunched http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/29/health/richard-iii-spine-scoliosis/
Tim’s segment (at 21:15)
Mabus pled guilty again last week: http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/dennis-markuze-aka-david-mabus-pleads-guilty-for-the-second-time/
He was arrested after comments he left on YouTube during Virtual Skeptics #12 on November 14, 2012 (comments now marked as spam – see screen shot in show) https://virtualskeptics.com/2012/11/14/virtual-skeptics-14-14-nov-2012/
Tim’s blog post on the #ICWSM conference: http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/online-science-skeptics-icwsm-trolls-snopes/
Bob’s segment (at 45:47)
The Norwegian Blue Godman covered in The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/05/dead-or-meditating/371846/
Tribune of India Coverage:
Doubtful News coverage of the Slender Man attack http://doubtfulnews.com/2014/06/slenderman-myth-connected-to-attempted-murder/
On the Media’s TL;DR podcast about the Internet meme and an interview with the Slender Man’s creator: http://www.onthemedia.org/story/tldr-13-managing-monster/
Local coverage of the Slender Man attack: http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/waukesha-police-2-12-year-old-girls-plotted-for-months-to-kill-friend-b99282655z1-261534171.html
Doubtful News on the Worst Article of All Time http://doubtfulnews.com/2014/06/new-paper-says-maybe-mental-condition-really-is-demons/
The worst article of all time: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10943-012-9673-y
His other worst article of all time, about the moment of ensoulment: http://www.scopemed.org/?mno=8519
His other other worst article of all time, proposing a mechanism by which cell phones cause cancer in rats: http://bit.ly/1nPqDq6
His other other other worst article of all time, “Embryological basis of the virgin birth of Jesus”: http://www.scopemed.org/?jft=4&ft=4-1377863688
His other other other other worst article of all time, “Cosmological dark matter and ensoulment” http://www.scopemed.org/?mno=41058
#TAM2014 is coming, and that means grant programs are looking for donors and looking to hand out free tickets too. One for teachers: http://icbseverywhere.com/ and one for Rising stars of skepticism: http://risingstar.saramayhew.com/
RBUTR now has a weekly “best of” email, you can sign up here: http://bit.ly/rbutrEmail
Bob will be in Los Angeles speaking to IIG-West on the 15th, talking about fighting cancer quackery.
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