Okay, Joke’s Over…

There’s nothing to see here. Let’s all move along now…

Oh, and go see Iron Man. Great movie!


  1. #1 Graeme Elliott
    May 8, 2008

    Cleverly done. Now I just have to figure out which commenters were serious…

  2. #2 Jason Rosenhouse
    May 8, 2008


    I had the same reaction! Just as some of the commenters weren’t sure whether or not I was serious, I couldn’t always tell whether the people treating the post as legit had really fallen for it, or were just playing along.

  3. #3 Brownian
    May 8, 2008

    A wise move, Dr. Rosenhouse. Take care that that one indiscretion remains the one indiscretion and we might have a use for you after all.

  4. #4 Graeme Elliott
    May 8, 2008

    You do know that you’re going to get lots of messages from the ID and creationist movement because they think you’re a perfect inside man now…. Congrats by the way!

  5. #5 longsmith
    May 8, 2008

    That was a great post. Thanks for the work day chuckle. I, unlike some of your commenters, read your blog often enough to have recognized the post for what it was.

  6. #6 Crake
    May 8, 2008

    One of the finest examples of Poe’s law I’ve seen.

  7. #7 J
    May 8, 2008

    Awww, I was waiting for it to be quoted at Uncommon Descent!

  8. #8 Blake Stacey
    May 8, 2008

    Awww, just when we were getting into the best Blade Runner joke-and-pun sequence, too.

  9. You ended it way too soon.

  10. #10 blf
    May 8, 2008

    Yeah, count me in with Graeme, longsmith, et al. I think some of the commenters (here and at Pee Zed’s New Atheist Joyhouse) were, amazingly, serious…?

  11. #11 hje
    May 8, 2008

    Close to achieving a successful “Turing test” of a simulated creationist. BTW, can Poe’s law be formally proved?

  12. #12 IanR
    May 8, 2008

    Ahh, so the evil darwinist conspiracy of big science can cow you back into submission even after you are tenured? Well, I suppose they can still dangle promotion to full professor over your head… Maybe we’ll see CreationBlog back in another decade or so?

  13. #13 Jim ramsey
    May 8, 2008

    When someone starts quote mining your confession, this will really get interesting.

  14. #14 pazuzu
    May 8, 2008

    On the other hand, you have different fingers…

  15. #15 David Marjanovi?
    May 8, 2008

    You should go back to the joke post and post a disclaimer in the comments. An amazingly large number of your readers still hasn’t got it.

  16. #16 heddle
    May 8, 2008

    Wait–does this mean you’re not really coming to my Tuesday night bible study? Everyone was sooo excited.

  17. #17 BobbyEarle
    May 8, 2008

    It might have been difficult to separate the taken in from those with a clue, but it certainly was easy to find the rude comments.

    A brilliant coup, Jason…very much Dobbs’ approved!

  18. #18 BobbyEarle
    May 8, 2008


    He may still show up.

    But don’t expect him to bring the donuts.

  19. #19 skyotter
    May 8, 2008

    i knew you were joking because you didn’t post in Comic Sans

  20. #20 SLC
    May 8, 2008

    Well, I guess that Prof. Rosenhouse isn’t Mr. Jon S after all!

  21. #21 Matt Osborne
    May 8, 2008

    Heh, I guess I should of been able to tell it was a joke, if only because, while ridiculous, it actually made more sense than most creationist/intelligent design advocates are capable of. I’m glad I asked if you were serious, rather than assuming so like most of the comments.

    Ok, so there was a bit of assuming you were a crazy creationist, but not much! I mostly thought you were a crazy conspiracy theorist.

    I think it’s interesting though, that many reacted to your fake name calling with real name calling simply because PZ said you were a bad guy without also writing it was all a joke. Not only does it show how insane some IDers can be, that it was taken seriously, but gives a slightly uncomfortable look at how little critical thinking and evidence-searching takes place before those who consider themselves intelligent feel it appropriate to use some rather… nasty language.

    Well, if anything positive can be taken from this, I’ve found a new blog to read.

  22. #22 brnofeathers
    May 8, 2008

    So Jason, I guess this means you won’t be looking for work up there in Kentucky with the other Dr. Jason (Jason Lisle) as your mentor at the Creation “Museum” afterall?

    I’m still waiting for Lisle to fess up and admit that he’s been spoofing everyone with his creation shtick.

    Thanks for the chuckle – you made my day!

  23. #23 Jeremy
    May 8, 2008

    You fools! You’re falling for it! He’s PRETENDING this was all a joke. Clearly he’s just gone back into hiding.

  24. #24 Dale Husband
    May 8, 2008

    Hey, if you were dumb enough to take that EXPELLED movie seriously, you were also dumb enough to take that previous entry by Rosenhouse seriously.

    That was the actual point of that post, wasn’t it?

  25. #25 Dave Bacon
    May 8, 2008

    i knew you were joking because you didn’t post in Comic Sans

    Yeah, and not enough CAPS, totally GAVE IT AWAY!!!!

    Congrats on tenure.

  26. #26 TheWireMonkey
    May 8, 2008

    Sigh…people, it isn’t a “law” it’s Poe’s THEORY.

    hint: Next time you try to pull something like that off, you must make more egregious grammar and spelling errors. I could tell it was a fake because you managed to use “there”, “their” and “they’re” correctly.

  27. #27 Pyre
    May 9, 2008

    TheWireMonkey: I could tell it was a fake because you managed to use “there”, “their” and “they’re” correctly.

    No, he punched that button too: “… science had proved their was no God.”

  28. #28 Bob O'H
    May 9, 2008

    I’m with Jeremy. This post is the joke.

  29. I was looking forward to more creationist’s posts here, with Jason both laying out some intelligent sounding argument he fabricates, then refuting it later on when the joke was over if no one else had.

    Oh well.

  30. #30 Luna_the_cat
    May 9, 2008

    OMG. There actually WERE people who thought you were serious.

    …And I thought *I* was humorless. Damn. [boggles]

  31. #31 Barklikeadog
    May 9, 2008

    You could’ve kept it up and see how the Tards take you into their fold.

  32. #32 Russell Blackford
    May 9, 2008

    Jason, you could have taken a bit longer before going back under cover in the viper-filled closet of Darwinianismism. Anyway, it looks like your latest post has WORKED. You have them all fooled that the other post was just a JOKE. They’ll find out one day.

    Well done, and the rest of YOu: watch out and bewarw of the wjoer of Babylon and the Great Beast (who is almost herre, and you KNOW who it is, don’t you?)/

  33. #33 tabuhan
    May 10, 2008

    Thanks for the chuckle – you made my day!

  34. #34 Paul T.
    May 10, 2008

    Great, you realize you’ve just screwed yourself out of the next Templeton Prize by admitting the joke.

  35. #35 Reynold Hall
    May 13, 2008

    I saw that post; what I got a kick out of was him using some of the same phrases that the Moonie Wells used when he was talking about why he went after “Darwinism”.

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  38. #38 sapka
    July 24, 2008

    Thanks for the chuckle

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