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SGU Episode 120
November 7th 2007
SGU 119 SGU 121
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
'Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.'
Edwin Hubble
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

News Items ()[edit]

Phenomenon ()[edit]

  • Geller and Angel test magicians/psychics

Robot Cars ()[edit]


Jehovah's Witness Death ()[edit]


Fat is Healthy ()[edit]


Judgment Day ()[edit]


Follow up on Bigfoot with Mange ()[edit]


Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Birthday Request ()[edit]

My name is Kenzie and I have been a big fan of yours for over six months. I mention that because my boyfriend is a HUGE, HUGE fan of yours and he got me hooked as well. I am emailing you because my boyfriend's birthday is November 10 and I thought it would be wonderful if you could email him to wish him a happy birthday. I already bought him one of your t-shirts and if you could do this for me, I will get major brownie points in the girlfriend department. I know you must get tons of requests like this, but he would seriously flip out if you were to do this.

Please, please, please help a fellow skeptic out, Thank you, Kenzie

Kenzie Douglass
Harrisonburg, VA

p.s. His name is John Marier and his email is Also he is turning 20 years old.

Interview with Greydon Square ()[edit]

  • Hip Hop rapper artist Greydon Square discusses his life and philosophy as a rationalist rap artist

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Question #1: New evidence strongly suggests that birds did not evolve from theropod dinosaurs but rather from their close cousins, the sauropods. Question #2: New research contradicts the long held 'Island rule' - that small mammals evolve to become larger and large mammals become dwarfs on islands. Question #3: A new study purports to use brain imaging to tell the difference between true memories and false memories.

Skeptical Puzzle ()[edit]

This Week's Puzzle:

This alleged sexual abuser of boys was also famous for misusing adults by convincing them of his clairvoyance. His claims included the abilities of astral travel, to access the akashic records, and that he could see people on Mars. He is still revered by a great many gullible and forgiving people to be one of the greatest seers of all time.

Who is he?

Last Week's puzzle:

Is it a carved up giant from the Atlantic?
Or is it a dead man in search of an eternal bed?
Is it the surgical removal of the ovaries?
Or a candle in the dark that fills one's empty head?

What is it?

Answer: Jack-o-Latern
Winner: Ole Eivand

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.'- Edwin Hubble

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