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Insane clowns is exactly right

A lot of people sent me links to that really dope Insane Clown Posse video where they expressed wonder at how magnets work and cussed out the scientists for lying to them, but I ignored you all, because when I said “dope”, I meant it literally. It was a pair of poseurs exposing their ignorance.

Don’t go looking for it. It’s just too awful. Instead, appreciate this lovely parody from Saturday Night Live.

Comments

  1. #1 Glen Davidson
    April 18, 2010

    Not bad.

    I’m guessing SNL doesn’t make a parody of Dembski and co. because it would make them look somehow less boring and lame than they already do.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/mxaa3p

  2. #2 Kobra
    April 18, 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQWksKNrJm0

    You will now have this stuck in your head.

  3. #3 MetalMoe
    April 18, 2010

    If anything, the parody says less dumb shit than the original video.

  4. #4 Nemo
    April 18, 2010

    I didn’t realize that the SNL thing was a specific parody. Now it’s even funnier.

  5. #5 Hank Fox
    April 18, 2010

    Twice in towns where I lived, the Insane Clown Posse failed to show up for scheduled performances — and it seemed at the time they just couldn’t be bothered to play. Probably because ticket sales sucked.

    My opinion: The Insane Clown Posse are dicks.

    I’d run ten miles to avoid seeing or hearing them.

  6. #6 Egaeus
    April 18, 2010

    I made the mistake of not listening. I couldn’t make it all the way through. What an extraordinary display of willful ignorance.

  7. #7 Sili, The Unknown Virgin
    April 18, 2010

    Damn. Kiss has really lost it lately.

  8. #8 Zeno
    April 18, 2010

    There was no reason to send you the original video, PZ, because your posts attest to your genteel taste and refinement.

  9. #9 Capital Dan
    April 18, 2010

    Twice in towns where I lived, the Insane Clown Posse failed to show up for scheduled performances — and it seemed at the time they just couldn’t be bothered to play. Probably because ticket sales sucked.

    I think it’s more likely they were just standing and drooling in a parking lot somewhere because they were too daft to read a road map to the places they’re really supposed to be playing.

  10. #10 https://me.yahoo.com/hairychris444#96384
    April 18, 2010

    Even MTV, the bastion of sense and sanity, have joined the pile-on.

    ICP were annoying in an occasionally entertaining fashion (very occasional fwiw) but they seem to have passed the event horizon of epic fail with this one.

  11. #11 jack.rawlinson
    April 18, 2010
  12. #12 'Tis Himself, OM
    April 18, 2010

    The parody was milder than the real thing.

  13. #13 Ol'Greg
    April 18, 2010

    http://boingboing.net/2010/04/10/learn-fin-science-wi.html

    And of course there is this handy science manual

  14. #14 Andyo
    April 18, 2010

    Last night when I read about this parody on the net I found out more than I care not only about those two idiots, but also their dumbass “juggalo” followers.

    Fortunately, cracked.com is on the case, them not begin fuckin scientists and all:

    I Don’t Understand!

    Well, to be perfectly honest, I don’t know what to tell you, because I’ve just about exhausted my Juggalo-slang resources. I visited a bunch of Juggalo Dictionaries: did you know you guys have like six different words for “clown pussy” but none for “electricity?” It’s no wonder you guys have trouble with science.

    Magnets are Clown Pussy?

  15. #15 Ol'Greg
    April 18, 2010

    Haha Andyo I see you got the original source. I forgot where it was that came from :P

  16. #16 Andyo
    April 18, 2010

    I always mean to remember myself to read boingboing once in a while but I forget. The source is linked in the article though, isn’t it?

    In any case, I googled “juggalo” and quickly stumbled onto this site where there are other funnies.

  17. #17 shegeek1000101
    April 18, 2010

    Wow, this is the second post involving insane clowns that I have seen today at the top of blogs. They are apparently missing a member, Rush Limbaugh of course.
    http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/15871/rush-limbaugh-blames-obamas-health-care-reform-for-icelands-volcanic-eruptions

  18. #18 KOPD
    April 18, 2010

    I listened to the original and I’m curious if anybody happens to know what it is that the Incredulous Duo believe scientists are lying about? Everything or something specific?

  19. #19 Sven DiMilo
    April 18, 2010

    OK, but wait: how do fucking magnets work?

  20. #20 irenedelse
    April 18, 2010

    Hah! The SNL team has a point: volcanos are pretty angry hills! Look at Iceland! OMG, the geologists are lyyyying!!

  21. #21 Andyo
    April 18, 2010
    #19

    Posted by:
    Sven DiMilo Author Profile Page |
    April 18, 2010 2:39 PM

    OK, but wait: how do fucking magnets work?

    Magnets are clown pussy. Come on man, Keep up!

  22. #22 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    April 18, 2010

    OK, but wait: how do fucking magnets work?

    I thought it was when the north pole and south pole love each other very much…

  23. #23 'Tis Himself, OM
    April 18, 2010
    I thought it was when the north pole and south pole love each other very much…

    I thought it was when the north pole and south pole love each other very much…

    No no no! That’s how you make more magnets. They work by PFM*.

    *Pure fucking magic.

  24. #24 thefrustratedteacher
    April 18, 2010
  25. #25 blf
    April 18, 2010

    The MTV site linked to above made a mention of They Might be Giants, who as I recalled have some rather intelligent songs. In checking, I discovered a fairly new one (or at least new to me), Meet the Elements (nothing like Tom Lehrer’s classic). A number of other potentially reality-based tunes are also listed, which I’m now off to listen to…

  26. #26 'Tis Himself, OM
    April 18, 2010

    Oh crap! I screwed up the quotes in #23.

  27. #27 KOPD
    April 18, 2010

    They Might Be Giants is a pretty cool group. Here is their response to the song “The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas.”

  28. #28 ted.dahlberg
    April 18, 2010

    The MTV site linked to above made a mention of They Might be Giants, who as I recalled have some rather intelligent songs.

    “The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
    A gigantic nuclear furnace
    where hydrogen is built into helium
    at a temperature of millions of degrees”

    One of the best songs ever *going off to listen to TMBG*

  29. #29 a_ray_in_dilbert_space
    April 18, 2010

    The SNL parody is kind of parody in the same sense that Tina Fey was parodying Sarah Palin, right?

    Oh, and Sven diMilo: How serious are you about wanting to know how magnets work? It’s pretty cool.

  30. #30 ted.dahlberg
    April 18, 2010

    They Might Be Giants is a pretty cool group. Here is their response to the song “The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas.”

    I’m in awe of them now. That’s about one step away from peer-reviewed music.

  31. #31 ahtripp
    April 18, 2010

    Where’s the Narwhal song when you need it?

  32. #32 'Tis Himself, OM
    April 18, 2010

    Where’s the Narwhal song when you need it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykwqXuMPsoc

  33. #33 Shplane
    April 18, 2010

    I have always hated ICP, largely because their music sucks.

    Now I get to hate them because they’re incredibly stupid, too. :D

  34. #34 jcmartz.myopenid.com
    April 18, 2010

    Speaking of which, the latest episode of “The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe” podcast also have a take on these dopes.
    http://www.theskepticsguide.org/sgu.aspx?MasterPodcastId=1

  35. #35 va.terrero
    April 18, 2010

    gay ass shit?

  36. #36 https://me.yahoo.com/a/fGT.ApA4svgZGv5uZPWdIaQWVVO0#7da76
    April 18, 2010

    I wonder what they said when they beeped out ‘D**ks’? – so glad I am protected from the abomination of hearing the shorter version of ‘Richard’s’.

    http://itsabiggie.blogspot.com/

  37. #37 Aaron Baker
    April 18, 2010

    Thank you again Myers for surveying stupidity so that we don’t have to. Have you considered a book on the stupidity you’ve experienced? You could knock it off with a fraction of the effort needed for a peer-reviewed article, and it might actually sell decently.

  38. #38 Yunomi
    April 18, 2010

    Years ago, I rather enjoyed ICP, but hanging out at Pharyngula has shown me the error of my ways.

  39. #39 James F
    April 18, 2010

    #35

    Agreed. PZ, here is the official link from Hulu:

    http://www.hulu.com/collections/429/143249

  40. #40 ecpaulsen
    April 18, 2010

    Poseurs is right!

    When I was in my twenties I used to work at the Bloomfield Hills Kinkos in Michigan and those two assholes and their manager came in all of the time busting the employees humps then complaining to the store manager so they could get their order cheap or free. Not they they were the ONLY bandtards who gave grief, just the rudest. And they are outta DETROIT?!? Yeah, the really rich, very white, not really in Detroit section of Detroit.

  41. #41 Kel, OM
    April 18, 2010

    Speaking of which, the latest episode of “The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe” podcast also have a take on these dopes.

    Does this mean when I listen to the SGU for this week I’m going to be subject to Insane Clown Posse? Fuck, I though I got away from that shit in high school (when other students would play it in electronics class).

  42. #42 Random Mutant
    April 18, 2010

    Against PZ’s advise, I went looking for the original, and found http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/fucking-magnets-how-do-they-work.

    Check out the ferrofluid. Kewl.

  43. #43 MarianLibrarian
    April 18, 2010

    #41
    Not to worry, Kel, they don’t actually play the song. There is a brief reading of some of the lyrics by Rebecca Watson that is full of win, though.

    #35 and #38

    Unfortunately, “gay ass shit” is the title on the YouTube video, and you can’t watch Hulu in the UK (and presumably a lot of other countries).

    And I agree with most of you, the original ICP video is actually more hilarious than this, but this one is shorter.

    I love the part where Ryan Phillipe says “Is the world round, or is it flat?” then angrily demands to know “How come no one can tell me that?” It encapsulates the overall attitude of the whole ICP song perfectly.

  44. #44 Sili, The Unknown Virgin
    April 18, 2010

    OK, but wait: how do fucking magnets work?
    #2

    Well, the Dutch can tell you something about fucking in magnets.

  45. #45 J Myers
    April 18, 2010

    I just watched the original, in which one of the “miracles” they mention is that their children look like them. I wonder if their partners find this as miraculous as they seem to.

  46. #46 Aaron Baker
    April 18, 2010

    I watched the original, too. The universe consists not just of miracles, but “fuckin’ miracles.” Glad that was clarified for me.

  47. #47 Jessa
    April 18, 2010

    Okay, off to listen to TMBG’s Here Comes Science to clear the insanity out of my head.

  48. #48 Akira MacKenzie
    April 18, 2010

    Apparently, the dullards at Uncommon Descent loved it and compared ICP with, of all people, Francis Bacon: http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/insane-clown-posse-channels-francis-bacon/

    I assume UD doesn’t know how magnets work either?

  49. #49 drf5n1
    April 18, 2010

    I thought the ICP original was an unintentional parody. My only prior exposure to ICP was after I was trying to figure out why someone was tossing empty cans of grape-”Joose” and “Four” (caffeinated grain-coolers? WTF?) in my bushes. The google search led to juggalos & ICP.

    After watching the magnets bit, it makes me smirk:

    “Fucking trinity, how do they work?”

  50. #50 smartbrainus
    April 18, 2010

    I was wondering when you’d discuss them, considering it’s the same mentality behind Chaprawoo and creationism.

    However, a theoretical science book by them would be entertaining, if only for the cluster f-bombs.

  51. #51 Jessa
    April 18, 2010

    From a comment on the original video’s YouTube page:

    IggyM:”Water,? fire air and dirt, fucking magnets, how do they work?”
    Our generation has finally found our Bob Dylan. Brilliant.

  52. #52 MJP
    April 18, 2010
  53. #53 nejishiki
    April 19, 2010

    This is where to go for the straight dope.

    Warning: contains words.

  54. #54 skinnymull
    April 19, 2010

    Fuckin’ rainbows? Pets and magnets? Fuckin’miracles? This is the most inane crap I have ever heard. Makes Vanilla Ice seem almost talented. I said almost.

  55. #55 Escuerd
    April 19, 2010

    I just couldn’t listen, could I? I just had to go and search for the original anyway. I had managed to get this far in my life without having to listen to any of Insane Clown Posse’s worthless screeching, but now I cannot unhear it. It didn’t even have the saving grace of being tolerable to listen to. Then again, that’s probably a good thing.

    There was a song by System of a Down called Science that I thought had a fairly nice tune (your tastes may vary). Unfortunately, the lyrics were full of such repugnant and explicitly anti-scientific drivel that I couldn’t stand to listen to it for fear that it would get stuck in my head and ultimately cause me to despair by continually reminding me that that level of stupidity permeates so many aspects of our society.

    Oh well. Reading some cracked and thinking about some physics homework should clear that right up.

  56. #56 Clint R.
    April 19, 2010

    Screaming, lying, vocal masturbation,
    Our music is another one of god’s creations, yo.

  57. #57 https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawlYUN6H6nb5_zFQQ0Ws1CF0tYDXe1JhGvM
    April 19, 2010

    Rush Limbaugh has just been outed as Violent J of Insane Clown Posse. His belief in volcanoes being caused by the health care bill matches perfectly with ICP’s new song Miracles and just as deep as the line “How do magnets work?”

    They look to be about the same weight and depth of knowledge.

  58. #58 Cerberus
    April 19, 2010

    Apparently parodying the ignorance is really big. The comedy Troupe Loading Ready Run also took a whack at parody here. With a “jugalo” scientist response to the ICP about how science explains “miracles”.

  59. #59 Code Monkey
    April 19, 2010

    Has anyone seen this yet?
    It’s a pretty good rebuttal by the Canadian comedy troupe ‘loading ready run’

  60. #60 Cerberus
    April 19, 2010

    Hee hee, apparently me and Code Monkey are on the same wavelength.

  61. #61 Poggy
    April 19, 2010

    I just cannot grasp how this couldn’t be a joke (the original video, that is). Giraffes, rainbows, mountains, I can understand, but magnets? Man made things? They think they are miracles. Do they think God invented all magnets and we mine them, or something? Straight from the ground and onto your fridge!

  62. #62 James F
    April 19, 2010

    Akira MacKenzie #48:

    Apparently, the dullards at Uncommon Descent loved it and compared ICP with, of all people, Francis Bacon:

    Who knew Paul Nelson was a juggalo?

    From the UD comments:

    The guys in that video have yet another reason to believe in miracles now ? the miracle that their video is being discussed in a serious forum.

    BWAAAA HA HA HA