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Written by Jeff Wagg   

vince4You've seen your share of informercials: over-the-top claims, annoying announcers, and products that seem miraculous. Why do I know the name "Billy Mays"? Do I care who's pitching this stuff?

Anyway... what if skepticism was sold the same way? What if you turned on the History Channel at 4am, and found a pitchman selling critical thinking, science, and skepticism?

No, I don't think it will ever happen either, but the folks at Action Skeptic decided to play with the idea in their 111th Skeptics Circle.

Unlike your typical 30 minute paid advertisement, Action Skeptics have put together a very dense and entertaining tour through some of today's hot issues:

You see this? All right, now you put your physics woo in there. Add your medical child neglect, your Camp Inquiry, your anti-vax quackery right there. We're gonna make the world smart again, one slap at a time.

It's a fun idea, and a great way to explore some new sites. Take a look, and I'll bet you see something new.

Act now! Don't delay! And... oh nevermind. I'll never be cool like Vince.

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written by MadScientist, May 27, 2009
I think we need to launch a lot more ridicule at woo-woo. How about short segments where actors actually portray woomeisters as they really are (without all the editing received by shows such as "Crossing Over"). The challenge is to show things as they are and yet make it funny and yet get the message across to the audience that things really are that way. Got any friends on SNL? How about "Stupid People Tricks" presented by Dave Letterman? I'm sure Dave could use some new features on his show.
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Wrong link.
written by BillyJoe, May 27, 2009
The "anti-vax quackery" link links instead to "Camp inquiry".
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written by Griz, May 27, 2009
Jeff and JREF Web Staff:

It's not considered cool to grab someone else's artwork and use it without permission or credit. That picture of Vince holding his head has been floating around for a while and is probably the product of a Fark.com or Somethingawful.com photoshop contest. You should at least make an effort to find the orginator and credit him/her if you're not going to have the basic courtesy of asking permission.

EDITED BY JEFFWAGG: You'll notice that I took it from the article I was linking to.
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written by BillyJoe, May 27, 2009
Artwork?
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written by José, May 27, 2009
@BillyJoe
I think I can agree with you on this one. If that was my work, I'd be paying people to not give me credit. I wonder if the person who did that gave credit to the original photographer?
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written by BillyJoe, May 28, 2009
I think I can agree with you on this one.

$#!+, I must be wrong then. smilies/sad.gif

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BJ
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written by tctheunbeliever, May 28, 2009
Then so am I. But I do like the fact that they took his mic away.
"I'm not a fast-talking moron, but I play one on TV."
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written by pxatkins, May 28, 2009
Taste is the enemy of art - PP
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Artwork and art...
written by Griz, May 29, 2009
...are two different things.

There's got to be a word for this attitude that permeates these comments. This combination of arrogance and ignorance that makes someone believe if they don't know or understand something it's because it's unimportant.

Ignogance? Arrorance? I might just coin a useful new term here. It'll probably catch on a little better than its competitor, "Bright."
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written by BillyJoe, May 29, 2009
Grizzle? smilies/grin.gif
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written by Camp Alex, May 29, 2009
You might be surprised to know that the ShamWow guy, Vince Offer, is actively fighting Scientology.
http://community.atom.com/Post...00AE87F1/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamwow#The_Underground_Comedy_Movie
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@Camp Alex
written by Steel Rat, June 02, 2009
Still no reason to peddle worthless crap.
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