About

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.


22 Responses to “About”

  1. Hi there – do you have an email/phone number so I could contact you? I am a television producer looking for new talent to attach to a show. check out our website at http://www.twofourbroadcast.co.uk

    Many thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you

  2. No, but thanks for asking.

  3. Man, you dissed Rupert.

    Anyway, I can see why your blog is popular. Telling stories through images is a tricky thing, and you’ve definitely got the knack.

  4. Did I dis Rupert? My guess is that Rupert deserved it, but that is just a guess.
    Anyway, I’m glad you like the blog. Clearly you are a woman of taste and discernment, and I think you should visit often.

  5. About Rupert. I figured he was someone fishing or scamming, but I checked his links, looked his name up, etc. Rupert Dobson is a well respected BAFTA-winning broadcaster for the BBC. I just didn’t have the nerve to say, “Yes, I’m your man. I want to go on Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?” What could possibly go wrong?

    I wanted to add this bit, because my earlier comment about Rupert deserving flack is wrong. It is a weird way of looking for new talent, though.

  6. Tell him you changed your mind.

  7. My favorite bizzare occurance is the Dyatlov Pass incident. Do you have anything on that? It’s “brrrr” worthy.

  8. That’s the people that died while snow camping, right? If I go through the alphabet again, I promise to add that when I reach the letter D.

  9. Dude – it’s a pretty standard way of finding talent nowadays, believe it or not. It was actually casting for a show where we were looking for a host, in your field – no probs if not interested! And all is forgiven as you used the phrase ‘well respected’ which I haven’t heard in a long time!!

  10. Well hey, Rupert. Welcome back! I’m glad all is forgiven. You probably didn’t know it, but the ghost of Rupert Dobson is sometimes looking over my shoulder, making me think: remember Rupert Dobson. Am I being snarky? Am I? Don’t be snarky. So again, welcome back, and keep the talent rolling.

  11. Where was the Man in Black photo taken?

  12. I’m glad you asked. That’s Area 51, in Nevada. Or as my wife put it, “The road that leads to the area outside the area outside Area 51.”

  13. I was wondering if I could use your photo of the Nasca monkey in a publication. Could you email and let me know if that would be permissible? It’s a great photo and is exactly what I am looking for.

  14. Sorry for the delay in replying, been on vacation. I don’t have the right to give permission, I found the image on the internet. I don’t have any advice on how to find the owner of this image, but you might try Getty Images for a suitable version available for purchase.

  15. yes you a samritan and you, the goolie man in one, its the normal is something, but you must move for something

  16. GOOGLE: GERENDAZEE AND SEE THE ‘GIFT OF DISCERNMENT’ I REALLY CAN DEMONSTRATE~!!! I CN TAKE A CHALLENGE BUT THIS DEBUNKING IDEA IS NOT POSSIBLE WITH WHAT I DEMONSTRATE~! CHECK ME OUT – I SEE THE INVISIBLE AND ILLUSTRATE IT TOO BY ‘PARANET-X’ WHICH I CREATED MYSELF . . . I SE GOOD AND EVIL IMAGES ILLUSTRATED ALL AROUND ME AND OVERLAPPING OUT PHYSICAL UNIVERSE IN A TRANSPARENT WAY THAT I CAN CAPTURE WITH A CAMERA AND FOCUS WITH MY COMPUTER. DO YOU DOUBT ME? CHECK OUT GERENDAZEE AND SEE THE VIDEOS I MADE; LOTS OF THEM THERE~! I EVEN FOUND AN ‘ANCIENT STAR MAP’ ON EARTH NEVER DISCOVERED BEFORE THAT I CAN ACTUALLY HOLD IN MY HAND ON AN ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH I HAVE OF SOMEONE DEAD SINCE THE 1940’S~!!! I FOUND A STAR MAP OF THE PLEIADES STAR CLUSTER THAT MATCHES THE CYDONIA REGION OF MARS – ON THE BLACK MAGICAL HAT OF FORMER SATANIST ALEISTER CROWLEY, MAY HIS VERY SOUL BURN IN HELL FOR ETERNITY~! LOOK IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME AT MY VIDEOS. . . LOL~!

  17. Gray was right! They shut him up!

  18. “rick” … do you still get notified when others comment on your site… would like to list your blog, within mine…and for that matter, ask permission to cut/paste a few bits giving full cred to your website (ways to do without permission-that isnt me though)
    Do you have any other blogs you publish perhaps?

    If your reading this it means you have my email, and a few of the sites I currently publish. Would love to chat briefly via web-based email. Send me something via “hushmail” using a question only someone of our ilk would be able to answer… if you’re leery/skeptical of the honest rhetoric. /kudos and p.s. try throwing a post up once a month if possible, this site is getting (slowly) more search engine traffic now… even though your not posting… current posts would lift it higher (shld u be interested) Great Site – Unique to the maximum – Ehhhgsellent.

  19. How can i send in a pic of orbs

  20. Hi Skeptic,

    I was quite flattered to see that you had included one of my photos on your Skeptic website, even though it means that you are “skeptical” about it. But, I was curious as to why you included it? I am obviously an amateur photographer, as you can see from the quality of my photos. I don’t even have a Photoshop, so, my photos have not been doctored at all, other than using Microsoft Office Picture “Auto correct”. That’s it mate. None of my photos are doctored; I don’t have the tools to do this. So, I was curious, why were you skeptical about the photo? I hope I hear back from you.

    Cheers,
    Renee

  21. Hello Yankee Gal,
    I’m very pleased to hear from you. Your photos are terrific!

    My source of skepticism lies with the subject of the yowie, and not with your photos. Your photos don’t seem photoshopped or altered in any way. I hope that people visiting my blog will in turn visit your blog. I think your photos are great, but I don’t believe the yowie is real.

    While I was active with this blog, I generally started with a wide angle shot of my subject, then closed in. With your photo and the yowie post, I went like this: Australia-Eastern Australia-Springbrook National Park-Yowie. Your photo of Springbrook was fantastic, the best on the web. It really is beautiful, that’s why I used it, and that’s why I linked to your blog, to give credit where credit is due.

    I don’t blog anymore, stopped in 2010. But I thought it important to respond to your question.
    Thanks, Yankee Gal!

  22. Hi Rick,
    Hi Rick,

    I am an idiot for not realizing the purpose of your blog! I thought that YOWIE was just an Aussie expression that I was not yet familiar with.

    Thanks, mate for the compliment!! You made my day! I am such a novice photographer that I get discouraged from time to time, so, it is really great to get such a compliment!

    I could use the boost too, because my laptop, with ALL my photos on it, along with my camera, got stolen from my hotel room, where I am staying right now, in Canada. I am just gutted. Luckily, I do back up my stuff on external harddrive, and those theving bastards failed to notice this. But, unbenownst to me, the last 2 backups had timed out, and did not complete. So, I do have the majority of my photos, so, not all is lost, and I will start again.

    I am looking forward to learning how to take photos of snow scences this winter in Canada as I am scheduled to be here until March.

    Cheers,
    YankeeGalNowInCanada (Renee)

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