As is evident from the presence our traditional holiday graphic, this is the only time of the year that your Curmudgeon is in a jovial mood. We wish a Merry Christmas to one and all — or Hanukkah, if you prefer.
To enhance your holiday experience, we once again link to the Curmudgeon’s acclaimed poem, which is read to children all over the world: The Night Before Christmas Eve.
As expected, the Discoveroids have started posting about their Top Ten creationism events for the year. They began with #10 of Our Top Stories of 2016: Tyson Says Chances of Intelligently Designed Universe “May Be Very High”. Their title is absurd because the Discoveroids hate Tyson; he’s opposed to virtually everything they stand for.
The Discoveroids are referring to something they wrote on 26 April 2016, about which we posted Klinghoffer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, & Lisa Randall. Tyson was having fun by saying that because of a lack of evidence, we could never know if we were living in an alien computer simulation. The Discoveroids are claiming that as one of their Top Ten events because — they imagine — it shows he’s open to the idea of intelligent design. We think it shows the opposite — that such things are inherently outside the scope of science. If Tyson’s entertaining remark makes their list, it’s obviously been a bad year for the Discoveroids, and it enhances our merry mood.
Then they posted #9 of Our Top Stories of 2016: Feathers on a Bird or Dinosaur Tail? That’s very recent news, about which we wrote Feathered Dinosaur Tail Found in Amber. According to the Discoveroids, the fossil is likely to be a bird. They say:
But unfortunately we have so little material, and the bone is so difficult to distinguish from the soft tissue, that any strong claims about this tail should be greeted with skepticism. This paper will not be the last word on the nature of the animal that sported this wonderful tail.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! If that’s how they start their Top Ten list, you can imagine how thrilling the next eight items will be.
That’s all we’ve got for you — at least so far. Because we’re starting a holiday weekend, we expect lower traffic than usual for the next couple of days. Also, because our kind of news rarely gets reported on Christmas, we may not post at all tomorrow. But your Curmudgeon is always on the job, so if we should find anything of interest, we’ll tell you about it.
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