We have a mystery on our hands. Surely you remember The Discoveroids’ April Fool’s Day Post. It was about their latest in a daily series of reminders — desperate reminders — that time was running out for those who might want to attend their annual creationism seminar. It seemed to us that the Discoveroids scheduled to lecture at the thing outnumbered the people who were willing to hear them speak.
As you may recall, the deadline for applying was 04 April — yesterday. No doubt you’ve been wondering how it all worked out. We have an answer for you — it’s a fiasco!
This just appeared at their creationist blog: Deadline Extension! Fine, We’ll Give You Till April 14 to Apply for Summer Seminars on ID. Here are some excerpts:
We’re constantly telling our kids that while deadlines are by definition somewhat arbitrary, they need to be respected all the same. So call us hypocritical but — we’ve decided to extend the deadline for applying for our Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design. In fact, we’re extending the deadline through next Friday, April 14, nearly a week and a half.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A ten day extension! They attempt to explain:
Why? Because there was a big rush of applications at the very end of the process. That’s of course great. However, it also convinced us that in being sticklers about the deadline, which is our nature, we would likely be excluding a good number of students who heard about the program too late to apply.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They extended the application deadline not only because they were overwhelmed by applications, but also because there are zillions of creationist out there who haven’t yet had a chance to apply.
The rest of their post is all about how wonderful the seminar will be, and how brilliant the speakers are. But there are other inducements. They say:
We pay for housing, course materials, and meals. For accepted students in need, we can also cover the cost of travel.
Wow — they pay for everything! It’s a fantastic opportunity! And now for the challenge. With so much to offer, and so many creationist out there eager to learn from the Discoveroids, why the extra ten days?
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There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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