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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2010, 12:12:16 AM »
The best running gag is definitely the riffing on Bob's "Hellooooo."

I would list more, but memory being as faulty as it is, I don't trust anything I recall from more than a week ago. And I'm too lazy to look shit up.

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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2010, 10:45:41 AM »
Another instance of that "helloooooo" I didn't mention is Jay in episode 251 at about 42:00.
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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2010, 11:57:30 AM »
I've also been revisiting old episodes and as such it's all kind of jumbled up, but I'll take a shot at a few of these:

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim - 70 years without food or water guy.

Jackass of the Year - This probably won't make it to the show, but for me, it would have to be Lord Christopher Monckton. He got smacked down quite hard a number of times this year, and out of all the semi-professional climate quacks out there he's probably the most egregious example. Even his title appears to be phony (i.e. he's not a member of the house of lords), and several people have now gone over his presentations and found that he manages to misrepresent almost every climate scientist he cites. In spite of that, he maintains a rather substantial fan base among not-so-skeptical climate contrarians.

Skeptic of the Year - I have to go with Simon Singh also.

True science or fiction: For me it was the photosynthesizing sea slug, but apparently the panel did not agree with me there, since they all got that one right.

Your psychic prediction for 2010 - I predict that on november 12th, 2011, the first land octopus will be found, living in the trees deep inside the Amazon jungle, making its living by feasting on the bones of unfortunate monkeys.
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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2010, 08:54:35 PM »
I suggest the Podcast recognize the victims of pseudoscience in the last year. 
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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2010, 07:32:24 AM »
Best Guest/Interview
The interview with both Randi and Banachek was fricking awesome.

Best Who's That Noisy?
I really loved the one with the cackling hyenas, when I found out what it was I kept playing to to people I knew!

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim
Yeah, the guy who never ate or drank was well up there, along with the ridiculous reporting of the issue too.

Most unexpected scientific discovery
That's got to be, without a doubt, synthetic life.

Skeptic of the Year
I know it's going with the crowd, but it's definitely Simon Singh. To use one word: heroic.

Your psychic prediction for 2011
That the SGU interviews Brian Cox, the sexiest man in physics?
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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2010, 05:22:59 PM »
Best Episode
#281 in Vancouver

Best Guest/Interview
Sanal Edamaruku

Best Who's That Noisy?
Ice cracking.   Worst = dying beaver - that was just awful.

Best Science news story of the year
Climategate investigations reveal no misconduct.

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim
70 years w/ no food & water

Jackass of the Year
The BCA for their harassment of Simon Singh

Skeptic of the Year
Singh

Your psychic prediction for 2011
2011 will one of the ten hottest years in the last century.
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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #21 on: December 24, 2010, 06:54:05 AM »
I downloaded the pod cast for the first time last month and I have just joined the forums. Fantastic keep up the good work!   
 
Best Who's That Noisy?
Ice cracking.     
 
Best Science news story of the year
Climategate investigations reveal no misconduct.

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudo scientific claim
70 years w/ no food & water! Try running in a desert and see how you are after 70 minutes without water

Your psychic prediction for 2011
The British will become less convinced about global warming due to two consecutive cold winters
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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #22 on: December 24, 2010, 01:43:08 PM »
Your psychic prediction for 2011
The British will become less convinced about global warming due to two consecutive cold winters

Very plausible. H.L. Mencken once said, "no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." I'd say the same holds true in most countries...the UK included.

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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2010, 02:03:45 PM »
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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #24 on: December 25, 2010, 10:12:07 AM »
I'll join in on these three, since I didn't specify them yet:

Best Guest/Interview
Sanal Edamaruku

Best Science news story of the year
Climategate investigations.

Most unexpected scientific discovery
Synthetic life.
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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2010, 12:32:27 PM »
Best guest interview: Sanal Enamaruku - Excellent, excellent, excellent. Ordinary person acting in the name of rationality, no matter the consequences.  And he is 2nd only to Simon Singh for Skeptic of the Year. 

Best quote:
(ep. #250) Jay: (about Stephen Hawking) Didn't he send his DNA into space?
Rebecca:  What? Do you think he jerked off into a cup or something?
Steve:  Talk about panspermia!

2nd best quote:
(About past life regression, ep. #246)  Steve: What if they regressed a creationist and they were a Neanderthal?
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I heard they found a shark and it was full of thermite  - Rebecca Watson

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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #26 on: December 28, 2010, 05:41:49 PM »
Funniest moment & Best Quote:
Regarding using nuclear power to produce gasoline, Steven Novella said that it was the stupidest thing he had ever heard, to which Rebecca Watson replied, "No, Steve, burning lepracauns would be the stupidest thing you've ever heard."

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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2010, 07:33:50 AM »
Give us your vote for the following categories:
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Your psychic prediction for 2010
A bit late for this, isn't it?
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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2010, 09:49:20 AM »
My prediction for 2011: The Seattle Seahawks will not with the Super Bowl.
Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.

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Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
« Reply #29 on: December 29, 2010, 10:04:52 AM »
Only three votes, because I can't remember or don't have strong opinions on everything else.

Best Guest/Interview: Massimo Pigliucci
Skeptic of the Year: Simon Singh (to quote George Tenet, this should be a "slam dunk")
Your psychic prediction for 2011: Hell freezes over

 

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