Respectful Insolence

because of the power of the vagina.

I have a hard time arguing that the hypothesis behind this trial would not be falsified by this test. On the other hand, the link above dates back to 2006. So it would appear that either Jennifer never took the test, or she failed it.

Science marches on.

Comments

  1. #1 redrabbitslife
    March 6, 2010

    Wait, what?

    A talent wasted on hamburgers, surely.

  2. #2 Ed S.
    March 6, 2010

    Got a little drowsy reading at that site, woke up surrounded by Happy Meals.

  3. #3 Dale
    March 6, 2010

    Randi’s millions are never in danger because he withdraws and makes silly excuses for the withdrawal if ever a serious challenger comes along (see how he strung Vithoulkas along for five years before screwing him over and then lying about the whole thing.)

  4. #4 Militant Agnostic
    March 6, 2010

    And your evidence for your libelous allegation about James Randi is what, Dale?

  5. #5 Science Mom
    March 6, 2010

    @4 Why NaturalNews and Homeopathy sites, of course. It appears as though Vithoulkas feels as though filling out an application, as is required by Randi, is beneath him and has refused to do it. http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/364-a-correction.html

  6. #6 IaMoL
    March 6, 2010

    I cannot read Dale’s post without visualizing it written with a crayon. F#$%ing certifiably insane trolls every where you go….

  7. #7 NewEnglandBob
    March 6, 2010

    Dale has no evidence. Neither does Vithoulkas. Homeopathy is nothing but charlatans gone wild.

  8. #8 Militant Agnostic
    March 6, 2010

    I assume this is the same Dale who has posted a comment praising the despicable Wakefield. Crank magnetism strikes again.

  9. #9 Marc
    March 6, 2010

    Must… obey… the… vagina…

    No, but seriously. I know who wrote that and her real name isn’t Jennifer. It’s Cindy and she’s in one of my classes. I heard this thing before. And yes, Cindy does use her vagina to control some of us. Hopefully, she doesn’t know about SB or IR and won’t read this.

  10. #10 Anonymous
    March 6, 2010

    No, this ability is not paranormal. It’s entirely normal.

  11. #11 drcharles
    March 6, 2010

    That was awesome.

  12. #12 jenbphillips
    March 6, 2010

    Must… obey… the… vagina…

    Yes, Marc, you must. Anyone who tells you different is kidding themselves.

    What an oddly apt convergence between this post and the latest iteration of PZ’s endless thread. It’s like middle school all over again.

  13. #13 Wackyvorlon
    March 6, 2010

    Phear the power of kolpomancy!

  14. #14 Cindy
    March 6, 2010

    Marc,

    I heard this thing before. And yes, Cindy does use her vagina to control some of us. Hopefully, she doesn’t know about SB or IR and won’t read this.

    No more hamburgers or anything else for you. Go play on ChatRoulette.

    Cindy

  15. #15 Marc
    March 6, 2010

    @Cindy: Not you! LOL. There’s a girl called Cindy in one of my math classes.

  16. #16 Julia
    March 6, 2010

    @10

    Yes. I try not to abuse it. :) Taking it all the way up to hamburger-level is a bit extreme, I usually refuse anything beyond a non-alcoholic beverage.

  17. #17 Andrew
    March 6, 2010

    @Marc
    Jennifer Dziura is a semi-well-known comedian. At the very least I’ve heard of her before.

  18. #18 flounder
    March 6, 2010

    There is one very serious problem with that claim. The vagina has been known to control the mind of men since the beginning of time. It’s even in the bible. (to paraphrase)
    Eve: Eat this apple.
    Adam: No, god said not to.
    Eve: Look at my vagina. Now eat the apple.
    Adam: OK.
    Every man (including me) has done dozens, nay, THOUSANDS of incredibly stupid things under the influence of the vagina. Without that influence there would be no sports, no wars, no contests of any kind. Since this phenomenon is well documented it can not be considered supernatural. Randi’s money is safe.

  19. #19 Marc
    March 6, 2010

    @flounder: So good for Randi but so bad for the rest of us. We’re still prisoners of this vagina. Will we ever escape?

  20. #20 Crudely Wrott
    March 6, 2010

    @ Marc, #19:

    No, we won’t.

    *And so it goes, Billy Pilgrim. And so it goes.*

    Grin and bear it. The alternative is loneliness, which, as we all know, is only accentuated by the presence of the opposite (or complimentary) sex.

    Men seem more prone to misery than loneliness.

  21. #21 Katharine
    March 6, 2010

    Fuck yeah I have vagina power. Some of us brought you fuckers into the world and we can sure as fuck take you out of it if you can’t play nicely and maturely and treat-women-as-equals-ly.

  22. #22 Chris
    March 7, 2010

    As I have said many times, men tend to think with their penis and not their brain.

    Of course, it often works out better that way. ;=)

  23. #23 Chris
    March 7, 2010

    Oops, wrong emoticon (though that does look interesting).

    ;-)

  24. #24 MikeMa
    March 7, 2010

    Interestingly, gay men are likely immune to this vaginal control. That would make them best suited for high government and military positions. Or you could just put women in those positions… :)

  25. #25 DLC
    March 7, 2010

    Hmm… No, I don’t think I’ll be buying any vaginae hamburgers.

  26. #26 Daniel J. Andrews
    March 7, 2010

    As I have said many times, men tend to think with their penis and not their brain.

    Probably because that’s the most intelligent part of too many men (which explains a lot of the idiocy we see around). Think I’ll stick with the brain–it done good so far. :)

  27. #27 Denice Walter
    March 7, 2010

    Many items *beside* hamburgers are bought because of this well documented effect:houses,cars,jewelry,expensive clothing,fine leather goods,perfumes,vacations,dinners, etc.Indeed,its power as a stimulus could be very relevant during economic downturns.We women can do our part to battle widespread deflation inherent in our current economic recovery.

  28. #28 Marc
    March 7, 2010

    @Katharine:

    “Fuck yeah I have vagina power. Some of us brought you fuckers into the world and we can sure as fuck take you out of it if you can’t play nicely and maturely and treat-women-as-equals-ly.”

    >> As you may have seen from the many comments here, many of us are dependent on this vagina. I don’t mind treating you as equals but please don’t make fun of our pronounced dependence on the vagina. We’re working on getting over this dependence but it’s hard to reject something that feels so good around our… ok… forget it, I’m gonna go get some right now.

  29. #29 viggen
    March 7, 2010

    Neglecting the ironic tone of the post;-)

    I think that test places a stretch on the definition of “paranormal”… that women use their femininity to personal advantage is neither new, nor paranormal. The fact (and machinery) of human reproduction is older than language… or thumbs… and I would argue that life would be very different if human men were equipped and socialized like mallard ducks, which human women should be very thankful about.

  30. #30 Kristen
    March 7, 2010

    @Viggen

    Wow, you sucked the fun out of that in no time flat. I am thinking the author of this letter to Mr. Randi wasn’t serious. If you were aware of this (?) your comment is very off-topic.

  31. #31 DLC
    March 7, 2010

    Viggen @ 29 for the buzz-kill!

  32. #32 Julia
    March 7, 2010

    @29

    Having been prompted by your comment to look up mallard ducks and their behavior (and I missed some of it when I lived 2 doors from a duckpond with a couple of mallards in my childhood), I can say, yes, you’re right that I’m grateful that human males are not equipped and socialized like mallards. :)

    @19

    The first time around that I read that comment, I got the song “Eight Miles Wide” stuck in my head. It’s been there for over 24 hours now. :)

  33. #33 Phoenix Woman
    March 8, 2010

    Off topic, but Orac will love this one:

    Homeopathic Plutonium. Seriously. (Scroll down 3/4 of the page.)

  34. #34 Christophe Thill
    March 8, 2010

    Hmmm… either I really don’t get it, or it’s not that funny. Is it because of the fact that the word “vagina” is repeated? I guess it’s a kind of humor that escapes me. Too highbrow for me, perhaps.

  35. #35 Mu
    March 8, 2010
  36. #36 rob
    March 8, 2010

    try some of the other humorous letters.

    like:
    AN OPEN LETTER
    TO MY SISTER’S
    PSYCHOTIC
    DOGS.

    AN OPEN LETTER TO
    THE INTESTINAL PARASITES
    I MANAGED TO PICK UP
    IN WEST AFRICA
    THIS SUMMER.

    p.s. this one is pretty good:

    A N O P E N L E T T E R
    T O A N N C O U L T E R .

  37. #37 Phoenix Woman
    March 8, 2010

    @35: Heh! Should have known he’d know about it. It’s just too perfect.

  38. #38 hipparchia
    March 11, 2010

    She can has cheezburger.

  39. #39 Paul Murray
    March 16, 2010

    The whole “Randi is unfair!” thing could be reduced if the $1M challenge stipulated:

    “Look, testing medical claims is a enormous undertaking. Heck – even real treatments take years and millions of dollars to check for efficacy. So we cannot accept claims for treatments of illnesses or other maladies, unless you can come up with a way of conclusively demonstrating it that doesn’t involve years of double-blind testing on thousands of volunteers.”

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