Only 20 more shows to the otherwise arbitrary achievement of Episode #500. So while we wait a few months for that event, there were a few things that went unsaid from our most recent episode #480. This week we have more celebrity gullibility, how Facebook makes us suckers, Russian bigfoot nonsense, and punishments for bad science practices. Here is the latest version of The SGU Cutting Room Floor.
“You wrap a tree trunk with ropes, and keep punching it. You throw 5,000 punches day and night — do that for a month, the inside of your fist swells up until you can barely curl your fingers … Then you open a tin can and set it up on a stand. You keep punching the sharp part. When your hand turns into mush with blood and pus, you start punching a pile of salt. Repeat it, and your hands become like a stone.”
According to the Harry Potter Wiki, “Riddikulus” is a charm that is used in defense against a Boggart. It causes the creature to assume a form that is humorous to the caster, thereby counteracting the Boggart’s ability to terrorize. And in the real world, it is a phrase used to describe something that is absurd. So to help showcase the absurdity of some muggles, here are the latest top 5 “Riddikulus” comments.
In preparation for our two SGU recordings at Dragon Con 2014, we had to record episode #477 earlier than normal, almost a week ahead of our usual schedule. Because so much science and skeptic news occurs every day, it means we sometimes miss on some very interesting items which might have otherwise made it to the show. Here’s a small sample of some of the items we might have otherwise covered:
It is always a special treat when the five of us are on the stage together. There is that extra element of being able to play off of each other’s visual cues (which we rarely have when recording at our respective homes) PLUS knowing that Steve has fewer editing possibilities adds an “edge” to these shows. So as a little homage to our very fun time at Dragon Con 2014, here are the top 5 photos I was able to snap as I busily raced around the multi-hotel complex for the better part of 3 days in downtown Atlanta, Georgia:
The American Indians would use 100% of the buffalo they killed. Remember that “fact” from 3rd grade? Turns out it is wrong, there were plenty of remnants. So when Steve takes the raw footage (hence the buffalo) and decides which items will make the final cut the show (hence saving the useful parts, leaving the remnants) among the remains are some interesting news items. So instead of having them go to waste, why not use some of them as part a blog post series? Yes, conservation is a good thing!
Another week, another batch of ridiculous things people have been saying. This week features statements pertaining to Robin Williams, the public education environment, UFO’s, life after death, and haunted dolls. Without further delay, here were the top 5 most ridiculous comments from the past week:
While watching a television show about mining for gold, I learned that one of their many techniques for collecting gold is to wash the mats they work with using clean water, for it sometimes reveals fleck of gold among the sifted dirt. That’s a pretty good analogy for our cutting room floor each week. Here are some of the gold flecks we would have enjoyed covering in episode 475:
Quite a smattering of ridiculousness this week. People open their mouths, and all sorts of nonsense spews forth. But in the end, it only matters if people choose to believe this garbage, and there is no better garbage-filter than a rationally skeptical worldview. Here are this week’s top 5 ridiculous comments of the week: