Yet another reason why I love The Onion:

Because giant, highly intelligent, acid-spitting crabs pose no danger to society.

Of course, certain antivaccine advocates seem to think that this parody has something to do with vaccines, which just goes to show how far down the rabbit hole they’ve gone when they think that a parody like this speaks to the truth of their cause. It also reveals a bit of their mentality in that they so easily liken life-saving vaccines to giant, acid-spitting, highly intelligent crabs.


  1. #1 The Science Pundit
    March 17, 2009

    I’m not sure which part I found funniest, the baby crab that solved the Rubik’s Cube, or the queen crab that will be paraded down Times Square with all the crowds and flash photography. Hilarious!

  2. #2 Danio
    March 17, 2009

    Hilarious! But:

    Of course, certain antivaccine advocates seem to think that this parody has something to do with vaccines

    Linky, please? I’m just a glutton for brain-scorching stupidity.

  3. #3 Orac
    March 17, 2009

    AoA. ‘Nuff said.

  4. #4 Samurai Scientist
    March 17, 2009

    Good stuff. I love the onion too. Did you catch last night’s science segment on the daily show?

  5. #5 Rogue Medic
    March 17, 2009

    Of course, certain antivaccine advocates seem to think that this parody has something to do with vaccines

    That is probably the anti-science tone of the comedy (more of a parody of the anti-science mad scientist creates mutants movies, note to AoA: These are not documentaries). Remember, they have trouble seeing complexity in anything. Their answer to complexity is that it must be a conspiracy – nothing could be so complex that it wouldn’t be immediately clear to them, unless it is due to a conspiracy. Everything beyond the Teletubbies level is a conspiracy to some of them and maybe that is giving them too much credit.

    Then there is the whole DSM-IV multiple diagnosis disorder problem they seem to have.

  6. #6 Jonathan
    March 17, 2009

    Excellent parody. I’m afraid I laughed out loud when I saw the gag about the hostage at the end of the video.

  7. #7 bigjohn756
    March 17, 2009

    Not enough! I want them to go on and on. I want to see the whole story. This was just a tease.

  8. #8 Chris K
    March 17, 2009

    The crabs will revolutionize our worldview!

  9. #9 jay
    March 17, 2009

    Those crabs are gonna work for scab wages and take ‘merican jobs.

  10. #10 Melody
    March 17, 2009

    Well..maybe if the next time I get a vaccination the stuff in the syringe gets up and solves a Rubik’s cube, MAYBE I’ll start to give some credence to this “let’s worry about the vaccines more than the vaccine-preventable diseases” stuff.

  11. #11 Do'C
    March 17, 2009

    Oh boy, who’s gonna tell PZ Myers that the cephalopods may not have a chance?

  12. #12 Robster, FCD
    March 18, 2009

    He gave the world crabs…

  13. #13 Joe
    March 18, 2009

    With a nod to Robster, it is unfortunate that Kwell is no longer available. With the potential for an infestation by those crabs, one needs the strongest medicine.

  14. #14 Moth Eyes
    March 18, 2009

    I love their choice of mathematicians too.

    Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts. Then later there’s running and screaming.

  15. #15 Doug M
    March 20, 2009

    Funny stuff. Although if AoA likes The Onion so much, perhaps they’ll like this too:

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