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A column by Skepchick.org's Rebecca Watson

Gone Squatchin’:  My Day at the Bigfoot Expo

Gone Squatchin’:  My Day at the Bigfoot Expo

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
February 26, 2014

The schedule ran from noon until 6:15pm and was packed with talks like, “Bigfoot Eyeshine—What Is It?” and “What Would Sasquatch Do?” which I imagined as a lecture on top-down morality and ethics as espoused by a shy, possibly fictional woodland creature.

Don’t Burn Your Bra for Science Just Yet

Don’t Burn Your Bra for Science Just Yet

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
April 17, 2013

There are many ways a science news story can hit the mainstream media and become a viral hit: does it involve an adorable, terrifying, or adorably terrifying new species of animal? Did a politician say something hilariously ignorant about it? And perhaps more importantly, does it involve breasts?

A Chat with Ron Lindsay about CSICon, Costume Contests, and Jerks

A Chat with Ron Lindsay about CSICon, Costume Contests, and Jerks

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
August 27, 2012

“One of the important contributions of CSICon is that we’re bringing the actual research to bear on the issues people are talking about.”

Xoçai. The “Healthy” Chocolate

Xoçai. The “Healthy” Chocolate

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
August 24, 2012

Xoçai! Exotic, enticing, and unpronounceable to monolingual English tongues—the perfect name for an expensive chocolate product sold exclusively through multi-level marketing (MLM) using dodgy health claims.

YouTube and the Coming Angel Apocalypse

YouTube and the Coming Angel Apocalypse

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
February 13, 2012

Today's topic: strange sounds coming from the sky, which have taken YouTube by storm. I'm going to explain some of them, but as soon as I do, someone will upload a new video using a new trick and someone else will have to start all over again to debunk it.

Review of Syfy’s Fact or Faked

Review of Syfy’s Fact or Faked

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
January 31, 2012

According to its website, FoFPF (pronounced: "fawf-pfffff") "revolutionizes paranormal programming by investigating the evidence witnesses post on the Internet every day." Finally, someone is paying attention to "amateur paranormal researchers" who post fuzzy videos on YouTube!

The Daily Mail Gets It Right?

The Daily Mail Gets It Right?

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
August 31, 2011

The Daily Mail published an article titled Mount Etna eruption closes airports and 'knocks clocks 15 minutes fast.' Nearly half those words are correct.

When “Big Pharma” Makes It  Tough to be a Skeptic

When “Big Pharma” Makes It Tough to be a Skeptic

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
February 25, 2011

But this is what it means to be a skeptic – doing your research and understanding that an industry can be suspect and immoral without necessarily being...