As much as I make fun of IDiots, I have to say that they really do create great science education outreach opportunities. Stupid shit they say is a perfect place to start talking to your friends about weird shit you do everyday.
For instance, we all know about Casey Luskins (aka ‘Captain Nipple-Slip’) inability to comprehend phylogenetic trees. Well, blogger Bort looked at a tree made almost 10 years ago with primate ERVs, and compared it to a tree he made 30 seconds ago with primate Cytochrome B as the input.
SPOILER: Theyre the same.
He also, accidentally, reminded us of why people laugh at Creationists. To quote Caseytits
… pro-evolution textbooks often tout the Cytochrome C phylogenetic tree as allegedly matching and confirming the traditional phylogeny of many animal groups. This is said to bolster the case for common descent. However, evolutionists cherry pick this example and rarely talk about the Cytochrome B tree, which has striking differences from the classical animal phylogeny.