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A bleesed (?) event at TAM 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Plait   

We see a lot of, well, amazing things at The Amaz!ng Meeting, but I think TAM 7 topped them all.

Our friends at The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe (the official JREF podcast) recorded their podcast live in front of the audience at TAM 7 before the official festivities started. During the usual Q&A session, Sid Rodrigues stood up and, in front of nearly 1000 attendees, asked Rebecca Watson to marry him.

Did she say "yes"? Watch the video and find out!

Yes, that's Mythbuster Adam Savage as the ring bearer, and JREF's Director of Operations A B Kovacs officiating. Another video is on YouTube taken from a different angle.

Our heartiest congratulations to the newlyweds! And it just goes to show you, skeptics fall in love too.

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written by LovleAnjel, July 18, 2009
That is awesome! I'm sorry I wasn't there to see it.
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written by YoPopa, July 18, 2009

Just one more reason that I am very sorry to have missed TAM this year! I wish the couple all the happiness that their hearts have room for, and I'm sure that's a lot of happiness.

I also have a little bit of uneasiness about the whole thing. The video raises a few questions for me for which the answer might provide some relief, but no one owes me any answers and I won't expect any. Was Rebecca's family really in the audience? Were all the friends and family who Rebecca would want present? Did Adam just happen to have a couple rings?

My unease is around the similarity of this event to either a cult indoctrination or a faith healing. A little of both but hopefully neither. Rebecca is an amazing person and there is no one for whom I have greater respect. But suppose the woman in that position was an ordinary woman with ordinary susceptibility to peer pressure and crowd psychology. Who among us would be able to make a rational response to the situation? A wedding ceremony is a good place to let go of the rational and get down with the moment but the decision to have a ceremony should be made without crowd pressure.

I don't fault anyone for anything that took place but I have to wonder if things got a little out of control.
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written by NewCoaster, July 18, 2009
YOPAPA

Don't worry about peer pressure or coercion. It was a pre-planned and staged event. They even distributed wedding invitations to the TAM crowd afterwards.

Congratulations to the happy couple. yada yada yada

But, am I the only one who thought it was a bit self-indulgent and somewhat lame? I was annoyed that my presence was hijacked so that they could have a novelty wedding. I'd much rather have liked to have slept in.
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written by cdion, July 19, 2009
*yawn* don't you guys have anything else to talk about besides TAM? I'm sure it's all very exciting if you can afford to attend, but somehow hearing people go on about how incredible something you can't afford is, is just irritating.
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written by Arts Myth, July 20, 2009
Maybe it's post-TAM syndrome, but there seem to be a lot of headline typos of late. "Bleesed" event?
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written by Chaneski, July 24, 2009
Yes, it's likely meant to be "Blessed Event"... but even that's wrong. A "blessed event" is the birth of a child. So unless this was a shotgun-surprise-proposal...
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