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While we’re on the subject of pareidolia…

While we’re on the subject of pareidolia, it turns out that Mitchell and Webb have taken this topic on as well…


By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

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5 replies on “While we’re on the subject of pareidolia…”

They go after all sorts of religious and new age nonsense on their show. I spent wasted a good part of yesterday watching the first two seasons of the show in their entirety.

They had one skit of a couple looking to buy a used wardrode at a yard sale. When the proprietor informs them that the wardrobe has a portal to Narnia, they ask if they can take a “test ride”.

SPOILER ALERT: (I couldn’t figure out how white out the text; the “font” tag doesn’t seem to work here in the comments.)

Moments later, they emerge from the wardrobe in full medieval/fantasy attire announcing how they’d just spent years in Narnia. But then they decline to buy the wardrobe because “it was a bit too Christian for their tastes.”

In the tradition of “Dave Allen At Large” (remember that one?).

Try Dara o’Briain for some more chuckles- I love his comparison of dieticians and nutritionists to dentists and toothyologists

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