PZ seems to think that the whole “LOL” thing has gone too far. He may be right. In fact, I’ve even commented on it before.

Even though I have a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around the whole “LOLCats” phenomenon and its various bizarre spinoffs, I do have to admit that I’ve found one LOL spinoff that’s pretty darned amusing.

Are you ready for LOLQuacks?

Some examples:


OK, I know the above has nothing to do with quackery, but as a fan of the Fantastic Four and a connoisseur of pareidolia, I couldn’t resist. On with a few homeopathy-related examples:


This one is amusing because I stood in the very place where the subject of this photo is standing:


Even the originator of the woo that it homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann himself, is not immune to the LOL treatment:




  1. #1 anon
    October 18, 2007

    we are not amused

  2. #2 David B.
    October 18, 2007

    Anything that includes Dr. Nick has my full and unqualified support!!

    David B.

  3. #3 Blake Stacey
    October 18, 2007

    My faith in the LOL genre is now restored! Can I has an aah-men?!

  4. #4 Skeptic4u
    October 18, 2007

    Evolution 1 Creationism 0

    What do you think?

  5. #5 CRM-114
    October 18, 2007

    The flaming dead pope made my day. Thank you.

  6. #6 troubledjoe
    October 18, 2007

    Re Davidb/skinofmyteeth

    Thanks everybody !

    (thanks, Dr Nick !)

  7. #7 Rjaye
    October 18, 2007

    oh, yayz! LOLKwax! i juz haz 2 sez diz iz teh BOM!!!!!!!

    gottagoezkthx. 😉

  8. #8 Persiflage
    October 19, 2007

    I’m honoured! I’ve been reading and enjoying your blog for ages, but it’s the writings of the likes of yourself, Ben Goldacre, PZ, the little black duck, David Colquhoun et al that convinced me I just wasn’t worthy to write my own Bad Science / Sceptical blog. You guys just do too good a job…

    Then, over the weekend, someone reminded me of the LOLnoun phenomenon and I realised that I suddenly had a purpose, albeit a somewhat childish one 😉 On Monday, LOLquacks were hatched into the universe.

    Now you’ve been so very kind as to mention the site here, I’m hoping that some of your regulars might submit a few things as a result…

    There’s no particular reason, despite the name, why anyone should limit themselves strictly to quackery. All forms of magical thinking, woo-woo and charlatanry-for-profit are fair game so bring ’em on!

    Thanks again, Orac 🙂

  9. #9 juliamd
    October 19, 2007

    to combine the LOLCats with Superman and scifi/fantasy fiction, you should look at this cartoon:

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