This is an abecedary of things I think people should be skeptical about. I made a rule for myself that I couldn’t write anything- whatever I’m trying to say has to be expressed using images only. However, if you click on or mouse over an image you can see the title I’ve given it, which will give you an idea of what I think. Many of the images are links to Wikipedia, youtube, or whatnot. All of the posts have links embedded somewhere within, so click away. I suggest the “Roll the Dice” button as an entertaining stroll through the blog.
I started this with one thing in mind: to get my Men In Black photo on the internet. I dragged that suit 4000 miles for that picture, and I wanted people to see it. Now my goal is to post images as arguments. Skepticism is intellectually satisfying, and forces you to think critically. Alien visitors, cryptids, and MIB are fun to think about, but take everything with a grain of salt, because there’s probably no such thing.
Postscript: Today’s April 5th, 2010. My last post was on March 9th, and I’m done blogging. This has been quite fun for me, and more successful than I’d hoped. For the briefest of rundowns, for those who care about these things, I went through the alphabet five times, made 121 posts in 21 months, and had a total of 784,314 hits as of this writing. The busiest day was June 2nd, 2009 with 15,935 hits, when the poor doomed Flight 447 disappeared en route from Rio to Paris. People thought of the Bermuda Triangle that day, and ended up here. Plane crashes are one of our worst nightmares. A good day, though, blog-wise, which left me feeling guilty.
That guilt sort of reflects how I feel about this whole blog. I liked the traffic, and I enjoyed posting about every kooky thing I could think of, but I would prefer it if people viewed news of the weird with a critical eye. There is no evidence of anything supernatural, psychic, ghostly, or alien ever happening. EVER. Not even Bigfoot, which I personally wish was real. We need an actual Bigfoot (or miracle or alien or time traveler) on Good Morning America AND in the journal Science. Until then I don’t buy it, and you shouldn’t, either.
My dear sweet Lola says that I had my cake and ate it, too. That I claimed to be skeptical about these things, yet I posted about these things; that I played both sides of the fence by first attracting the kooky audience, then slamming the kooky audience. I disagree. My posts were about the weird, but many of the comments came from fellow skeptics, and all the posts contain the necessary links to debunk the subject at hand. If they couldn’t be debunked, they were posted under A Real Mystery.
So thanks for the visits, and thanks very much for the comments. I’m done blogging, and now I’m going to go outside. Thanks again.