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Tuesday, January 26, 2016


I often hear unusual facts that are accepted simply because some expert declares it to be true.  I am a skeptic, I demand proof.

It is a commonly claimed fact that incredibly enough, no two snowflakes are alike.

Come on!  In all the years, in all the snow storms throughout the ages you mean to tell me no two flakes have ever been exactly alike?  How does anyone know that?  What scientific principle determines no two flakes are alike? Philosophers claim that if you gave an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters, eventually one would write a great novel.  So am I to believe that a monkey can write a novel, but no two snowflakes are ever alike?  I don’t believe it.  As a matter of fact, last year I had two snowflakes that I am pretty sure were identical, but before I could prove it they melted.

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?  Many people say no.  So a monkey can write a book, and no two snowflakes are ever alike, but a falling tree does not make a sound if there is no one around to confirm it?

If the early bird catches the worm, does the late bird starve?  What if all the birds are early, do they peck each other to death fighting over that damn worm?

Opposites attract: Yes, but they also often beat the crap out of each other.

A shark can smell a drop of blood from a mile away.  Now how do they know this?  I expect sharks have a great sense of smell, but I don’t think they can smell a single drop of blood from a mile away…PROVE IT!

Only female mosquitoes bite.  They can’t possibly know this.  I’m pretty sure I got bitten by a well hung mosquito just this summer.

Violence on TV and movies makes people violent.  I’ve watched tons of violence on TV and movies and I hardly ever kill someone afterwards.

Scientists claim certain animals mate for life, geese for instance…I think some of them cheat.

An elephant never forgets.  Really, how much do they really have to remember? I don’t think they even have passwords.

History has demonstrated many times that experts can be dead wrong. 

When we sent a satellite into space and took a picture of the Earth, what do you know, the Earth is round!

In the early 1960's experts told us the Earth was headed for a new ice age. I think that one was wrong.

In the 1970's experts said we would run out of oil by year 2000. Apparently the markets believe we are swimming in oil.

I am a skeptic, I say prove it.  This is possibly why I did so poorly in high school science.


  1. Conventional wisdom is better than no wisdom!

  2. Violence on TV doesn't make me violent. It just makes me
    turn off the TV.

  3. Bwahahahahahahahaha. You and I are so much alike. Yes we are and that's downright scary.

    Have a fabulous day. My best to Mrs. C. ☺

  4. Like you, I'm also a skeptic and usually need to be convinced of things. However, scientists have recently discovered identical snowflakes, and ice ages historically come about after periods of unusual warmth. I do believe in science and feel the best answers, while never perfect, come from careful observation and an application of the scientific method, which has given us just about everything we have.

  5. Loved this post. One of my favorites. I recently had that same snowflake thought watching Jonas do his work. I mean---really? Totally cracked up at "opposites attract". Thanks for the chuckles.

  6. Expert, Schmexpert. . .

    Or, as one of my professors used to say, "Ex is a has-been, and spurt is a drip under pressure. . ."

    You know that the whole 'Global Warming' thing started when the New Ice Age didn't happen, right?

  7. I've always wondered about about going up on your roof and check it out, probably a myth, right?
    Report back, please.

  8. But if you are all alone in the middle of the forest and you voice an opinion aloud are you still wrong?

  9. LOL so funny....and so true! Of course a tree makes a sound if it falls, no matter if there are people around to hear it or not. And snowflakes? There can't possibly be THAT many variations to make each one unique, out of the gabillion-jillion snowflakes that are produced each year? come on. And there's no way to test sharks to see how far they can smell. And how do they know that elephants remember everything. There's no possible way to know that.

  10. You ain't right man and I think you've already prove it :)
    These are a scream.

  11. I am trying to imagine an elephant at a desk. How cute will it be. As a matter of fact I am just about to google and see if there is such an image.

  12. There are some cute cartoon elephants at a typewriter.

  13. If a tree falls in the forest it is going to create sound waves whether there are eardrums near by to register them or not. For the rest, well, it would take someone smarter than i to answer them.

  14. My dad, who wired his own house for electricity, used to blow up the bread sack like a balloon to keep the bread fresh. "Air is a good insulator," he explained.

    I have no idea how to wire a house, but my bread with the air squeezed out is always fresh.

    Any expert can give a statement. Doesn't mean he's an expert in what he's stating...

  15. "Only female mosquitoes bite. They can’t possibly know this. I’m pretty sure I got bitten by a well hung mosquito just this summer."

    Obviously a hermaphrodite.

  16. I don't understand how people can say No to the falling tree sound. I can't answer about the snowflakes, I've never seen any.