Call Us: 866-800-2121
Skepticality Logo
 Live Recording: Manuel's Tavern
 Download This Episode  |  Secondary Download Link (right click 'save as' to download)
Derek, Swoopy, and Tim Farley jump on stage at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta, GA for a live recording of their 10th anniversary episode. Learn some fun facts about Skepticality, Derek, Swoopy, and even a surprise return of some of their original segments. Find out if Derek and Swoopy have any grand plans for the next ten years...
Show Notes

– Date – May 12th, 2015
– Send your cool ‘SCIENCE!’ shout-outs to
– Theme song by Steve Seamans of the Daisy Dillman Band. Get the song HERE.
– Thank you to everyone who has been purchasing books, Skepticality stuff, or using our Amazon link to help us!
– Remember to get the Skepticality app, either on iTunes, for Android, or Windows.

Become one of our proud Patreon’s!

– Swoopy is here for the 10th Anniversary decade recording!
– We are LIVE at Manuel’s in Atlanta, GA.
– Our live recording is brought to you by Mark Distler through Abrupt Media.
– The new(er) Skepticality theme song isn’t as new as it once was.
– The theme song was written and performed by the Daisy Dillman Band.
– For some reason iTunes has our first episode as May 9th, 2005, however it was *really* May 7th, 2005.
– Swoopy shows off the iPod from back in 2005, (it is large).
– Derek and Swoopy have been podcasting since before iTunes had… podcasting.
– In the ‘old days’, everyone found podcasts at places like Podcast Alley and/or Podcast Pickle.
Dave Winer and Adam Curry figured out how to enclose audio in RSS feeds which made podcasting possible.
– Is RSS really *that* ‘simple’?
Skepticality started only slightly before the Skeptics Guide to the Universe, they did not know of each other.
– Some of Skepticalities guests have gone on to do television and other big things, Phil Plait, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, George Hrab, and others…
– George Hrab is now the regular emcee at The Amazing Meeting, his first skeptic events were his attendance at Skeptrack at Dragon Con.
– Phil Plait had a Discovery Channel show, and now does Crash Course Astronomy.
– Neil DeGrasse Tyson now has a nighttime TV show based from his podcast.
– Skepticality logo’s have gone first logo 2005-2006, second logo 2007-2015, and the, new, 10th anniversary logo.
– Derek and Swoopy met Tim Farley at The Amazing Meeting and others from Atlanta, now they all meet normally as part of the Atlanta Skeptics.
Tim had a fun talk he did about “Don’t start your own podcast”

Skepticism, Past and Future [10:30]
Berringers Lying Stones with Hebrew letters on them belving it was God talking to him, it was a hoax.
‘The Dark Day’ in New England happened, many believed it was a sign that the world was ending.
Florence Nightendale was the inventor of the Infographic, bringing math and statistics to the medical world and nursing.
– The first person to get a Chiropractor license was a woman in Kansas.
John Scopes was arrested because he taught the facts of Evolution to force the SCOTUS to allow it to be taught.
L. Ron Hubbard released Dianetics.
– In Oregon a famous UFO photograph was published widely.
Conneticut was the first state to mandate flurodation of water.
– The WHO declared Smallpox erraticated, the first disease elimitated by humans.
The ‘Church’ of Scientology was sued which led to ‘religious freedom’ calls because the court found against the church.
A conjuction of the planets did NOT destroy the world, the person who made the claim said he was going to hide in Ellijay, GA.
Skepticality came along in 2005.
The Montel Williams Show ended, and he has apologized for promoting Silvia Browne.
– One of the people that Browne claimed was dead, who wasn’t, watched her make the claim that she was dead.
Andrew Wakefield is no longer a practicing doctor due to his shoddy MMR Vaccine study.
The Oprah Winfrey show ended which had some memorable skeptic moments.
– There are a lot of skeptic-related podcasts now, around 100 or so.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.

Wikipedia [24:00]
– The QED Confernece 2015 recording.
Visit Susan Gerbic’s page!
– Get involved with the Skeptics on Wikipedia project today!

Skeptical Humanities [37:10]
Check out Skepticality Humanities blog!

The Odds Must Be Crazy [42:50]
– This week’s featured story is, “Numbers Sometimes Lie“.
– Story was submitted by Skepticality listener Stephen Hayko.
– Trivia: World’s Oldest Profession.

– The Oldest Business.
Skeptic Society Conference, May 29-31, 2015.
Knock knock Wendy Joke.
– Please visit the story link for a more detailed analysis and to add your comments.
– Additional thoughts and considerations provided by contributing editor Mark Gouch.
– Our theme music comes to us courtesy of Brian Keith Dalton, AKA Mr. Deity.
– Visit our new webhost, Skeptic Ink Network at
– The Odds Must Be Crazy can be found on Twitter at @OddsMustBeCrazy, Facebook at TheOddsMustBeCrazy, and Google+ at thier profile.
– Wendy Hughes is on Twitter @Wendy91602.
– John Rael is on Twitter @skepticallyPwnd.
– Jarrett Kaufman is on Twitter @TurboFool.
– Barbara Drescher is on Twitter @badrescher.
– Brian Keith Dalton is on Twitter @MrDeity.
– Thanks to our friends Emery Emery and Heather Henderson for hospitality and support for the production of the segment. Visit them at

Derek, Swoopy, and Tim [51:05]
– Skepticality’s first guest was Phil Plait.
– The most download episode to date is ‘Drop a Penny on the Gate’.
– Jon Ronson talked about the Heaven’s Gate cult in Georgia as well.
– Swoopy and Derek have asteroids named after them.
– Derek wants his asteroid to be caught on a dashboard camera.
– The first episode was called ‘Odd Leader’ but iTunes named it differently.
– People *still* ask for more Whimsicality, which started after her trip to Hawaii and being inspired by the petroglyphs.
– Bob Carroll has taken a hiatus from his segment due his ongoing cancer treatments.
– There is a ‘forgotten’ last part to the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue… there is also ‘And a Sixpence in your shoe’.
– Something Old is the show now that is 10 years old, Neil Degrass Tyson called us ‘The Grandparents of Podcasting’.
– Something New is our new logo.
– Something Borrowed would be Swoopy, since she is hardly on the show due to her medical school studies.
– Swoopy stopped doing Monkey News because Penn Jillette and Ricky Jervais both started doing monkey news as well.
– A top neuroscience researcher in Europe has stated he will no longer use Primates for his testing and studies.
– There has been a previous episode of Skepticality which featured the man who helped found the ASPCA and pushed for Children rights.
– In Arkansas they have changed a law which now allows zoos and scientists to, once again, keep and breed primates.
– Something Blue is the new monkey species found in the Congo.
– It is ‘blue’ news because the reason they know it is a new species due to the shape of its penis.
– First new monkey species found in the last 28 years.
– It is a Macaque with a weird penis.
– Old Woo has returned with a public school teacher in Los Angles has been given an exemption to avoid Wi-Fi due to her claimed allergies to Wi-Fi.
– On the television show ‘Better Call Saul’, they showed that people who have this type of ‘allergy’ do not even know when they are near the signals.
– Grab yourself some of the new Skepticality gear now!

Outro Music [1:32:25]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site! Website Security Test