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Sunday, May 2, 2021



On the theory that a re-run is better than nothing I submit this post from 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.

*Last time around a few readers thought I was a science denier.  First of all my intent is for humor, secondly, science unchallenged results in stunted learning and less scientific growth.  Thirdly...lighten up!


  1. I just follow the money and that usually answers any questions I might have.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Joe. ☺

  2. This got me to thinking about something hubby and me were talking about yesterday. He said he had read an article that when taking dogs for walks you have to let them sniff because by sniffing that's how they find out information and also its a form of communication. I'm like "how did they do the research on that and come to that conclusion?"

    I agree, prove it. I'm also skeptical and I certainly a lot of times these days don't follow the science at all.


  3. Are you calling me a monkey? I wrote a novel. It was called A Tale Of Two Snowflakes. I bought two copies and they were the same; every page identical. Talking of which, the other day my secretary was very upset because her goose had died. So I went out and bought her an identical one. Now she has two dead geese.

    And for your information, sharks do not smell because water would enter their nose and they would drown. And if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to see it; it remains standing. And elephants DO forget. I've never received a birthday card from any of them.

    God bless.

  4. We both subscribe to the same theory about reruns. So glad you rebirthed this one for you had me grinning through out.

  5. All the snow from the last snowfall sure looked alike. We have 4 acres of woods that we lovingly call The Creepy Woods. Many times trees have fallen and I never heard it but once in a while I'll be in the kitchen and heard a huge thud. A tree fallen? Don't know since I wasn't there to hear it. I absolutely know I've read books that were written by a monkey. (I think Hallmark movies are written by monkeys.) When I married Jack we were opposites but after 47 years I've finally gotten him thinking like me! Have a great week Joe!

  6. After I was told that Pluto is no longer a planet, I started ignoring science.

  7. How can melting polar icecaps cause the coastlines to be flooded? Ice takes up more volume than water. If all the ice cubes melt when you leave your glass of water unattended, it doesn't overflow.

  8. I'm a skeptical as well. Prove it.

  9. This was so very good, Joe. You told this so well and made me laugh today.

  10. When a tree falls in the forest, it sets off vibrations that would be interpreted as sound if any creature with ear drums were there to hear it. Those vibrations are there whether they get heard or not.

    Yes, i am boring because i have too many facts floating around in my head, why do you ask?

    1. " ... creature with ear drums ..." Ear drums? How about ear trumpet?

      God bless, Mimi.

  11. Fine! You've just destroyed the whole world of science. I think. But prove it!

  12. Next time it snows here in Adelaide I'll check those flakes for you.

  13. Frankly, I’m pretty skeptical of skeptics!