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Well, this certainly explains a lot…

…about the internecine warfare that breaks out from time to time around ScienceBlogs. At times we do appear to be a lot like professional wrestling.

Can you find Orac in there?

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.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

21 replies on “Well, this certainly explains a lot…”

I was actually hoping for a ray blast from Orac rather than a brute force physical contact method shown. Gets the job done but lacks finesse…

I would have preferred an image of an extremely bored “Professor Orac” stifling a yawn as he exits the uncouth scene.

off topic but one of the ads on the right side tried to load a trojan on my computer. Hope everyone has good anti-virus.

As I posted elsewhere:
Orac: “You’ll have to toss me. . .
Don’t tell ERV “

The biggest laugh-out-loud moment I had when I saw that was when I spotted Orac.

Even in the context of pro wrestling, that was way too much for me to suspend my disbelief. I mean really, a silent Orac? That makes about as much sense as a pacifist heel.

@nsib “I mean really, a silent Orac?”

Not at all – you just have to be clear about it.

ORAC: Define the words ‘Shut up’.
Blake: Stop talking. Do not speak. Be silent.
ORAC: That is better. Our relationship will be best served if your statements are free of ambiguity. *Shuts up*

Of course being thrown across a wrestling mosh pit could have the same effect for a while.

Um, who are all the folks there? Actually, I am more interested the in the folks I follow. I know the flying plastic box is Orac, but which one is PalMD?

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