Creative Challenge #39: What’s the Problem?

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?

The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:

What ‘s the real reason the application date was extended?

You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.

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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18 responses to “Creative Challenge #39: What’s the Problem?

  1. Neither the Apple nor Android registration apps are finished, and those are the only two platforms kids use these days.

  2. Nobody had signed up, so the deadline had to be extended in the hope of attracting enough suckers, er, attendees to at least break even on the cost of preparing for those seminars.

  3. Michael Fugate

    The designer desires to remain anonymous and is thus thwarting the DI’s efforts.

  4. Jill Smith

    They are waiting for the Creator to RSVP.

  5. That is the sort of question that a secularist asks. Why does a designer design?
    I point out that this is an example of something which is obviously designed, even though we don’t know why. Even though it was mistakenly designed. We don’t need to know who, what, when, where, why or how. We see that it is designed.

  6. There are no ‘reasons’ for anything the DI does, only faith and dogma.

  7. If you can claim four billion years to be six thousand years, then what’s 10 days eh? Nothing, that’s what’s.

  8. Ceteris Paribus

    The DI ploy seems to be a rip-off of the classic Greek saga of the Sirens and the Argonauts. But the DI Sirens are using the wrong bait by singing about “free housing and meals”. What the DI wants to do is just advertise their gig as a free craft brewpub event, and a whole raft of atheist Argonauts will paddle over to imbibe.

  9. Mark Germano

    They failed to account for Daylight Savings.

  10. Mark Germano

    “We pay for housing, course materials, and meals.”
    Describing what that looks like would have been a great challenge, too.

  11. Charles Deetz ;)

    They are waiting to confirm the Attack Gerbil as a guest lecturer, but the parole board is being slow.

  12. Call me hypocritical but, the ‘tute says “We pay for housing, course materials, and meals.” Additionally , ice water will be served during the seminars IF Westy can find the intelligent dezine student from last year who has the recipe.

  13. The reason for the extension is that the entire process took much longer than anticipated by the YECists. Just like the White Cliffs of Dover.

  14. Michael Fugate

    Millennials have lost their faith.

  15. Do you have a commitment to truth and to following the evidence where it leads?
    Perhaps the problem lies with this statement of theirs, that they have no evidence for ID but hand waving and big numbers pulled out of thin air.

  16. Ah, DavidK, that’s what causes the extension! The IDiots have had some setbacks isolating the thin air they need to pull their big numbers out. The Design Filter they use for this extremely complicated process is somewhat worn out.

  17. The DI’s target audience had not evolved yet to the point of having the ability to understand a seminar.

  18. Obviously April 1 was used figuratively to mean April 14.

    Acts 1:7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.