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Re: CHAT Re: Fruitcakes was Re: Kentum/satem

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Thursday, May 2, 2002, 11:14
> Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 20:56:54 -0400 > From: Roger Mills <romilly@...> > > Christophe wrote: > >Anyway, does Discovery Channel really have programs like that? I > >should watch it more often, it might be funny to see :)) . > > Yes they really do. Not too long ago, they actually had Van Daniken. > (How do I know, you ask? Well obviously I watch some of the stuff-- > even fruitcake Egyptology is better than most of the nightly news, > or other available channels on my pathetic cable system-- etc.). > Come to think of it, I may be confusing Discovery with The Learning > Channel-- both offer a mixture of amusing weirdness and sometimes > factual stuff...
The Discovery Channel do not seem to have a very consistent policy about where on the skeptic/gullible axis they want to be. I recall once where their prime time show one night was all about how crop circles are a big hoax, with live demos by the two olderly English guys who claim to have started the whole thing by using six feet of rope and an old piece of board, and infrared shots of other (unknown) people making new circles at night... And a few nights later (less that a week) they had a long and gushing thing featuring 'prominent ufologists' about how crop circles could obviously never have been created by any technology known to man, and were proof that the extraterrestrials wanted to send us a message. Just a pity that they didn't know what the message was... Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)