The Danger of Hoaxes, Plus Woo-Mad Libs

One of the things that I’ve always wanted to get the group together for is some good old fashioned hoaxing. Toss a few pie plates around, take pictures, turn over a canoe, claim it’s a lake monster, that sort of thing – then when gullible members of the public claim it as truth – enter the dramatic reveal!

Well, there’s a bit of a danger to this idea – that, no matter how much you cry foul, someone is going to keep taking it seriously.

But what do you readers think? (Do I still have readers?)

Also, a hilarious game was suggested to me through Skepchick recently. Woo mad-libs!

You remember mad-libs, right? The game where you fill in the blanks to make a (hopefully) hilarious story?

Well try it with woo-words.

Here’s your framework, all you have to do is fill in the blanks (***) with your favorite words of woo.

“This *** product uses a combination of ***, ***, and the ancient study of *** to *** and *** the human ***. Our technicians, certified by the *** College of *** test each sample for the optimal level of *** power. *** and rejuvenate yourself with *** as the *** returns your body to the natural healthful state of ***, completely removing any and all toxins that may occur when you are not *** and ***.”

So that’s 16 woo words you’ll need. Let’s try this:

ayurvedic, natural, qi, life force bits, crystal energy, radiomacroscopic rays, homeopathic, naturopathic, detoxifying, chelation, balance, bio-identical hormones, vigor, magnetic, infared, quantum focus.

Rearranging them (and tense-changing) gives you something you might well find on the shelf of your local whole foods:

“This natural product uses a combination of life force bits, bio-identical hormones , and the ancient study of ayurvedic to balance and detoxify the human qi. Our technicians, certified by the Naturopathic College of Homeopathy test each sample for the optimal level of radiomacroscopic ray power. Chelate and rejuvenate yourself with magnets as the crystal energy returns your body to the natural healthful state of vigor completely removing any and all toxins that may occur when you are not in infared quantum focus

I urge my readers (if you actually exist) to give it a shot. Start flinging those woowords around and we’ll have something marketable soon enough! I don’t think that the state of Mississippi minds too much.

Comment away!

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2 responses to “The Danger of Hoaxes, Plus Woo-Mad Libs

  1. Just as in the South Park episode about John Edwards, pulling a hoax and revealing the trick doesn’t work. Once upon a time the Amazing Randy set up a scam Down Under (Australia or New Zealand) about some reincarnated Aztec king/wizard thing. People sent him money. Lots of money. He sent it back, explaining things. People sent him lots more money. It’s insane.

  2. jacksonskepticalsociety

    Yeah, the spirit channeler “Carlos.” Same problem that occurred with Banachek, who the paranormal researchers thought was capable of psychokinesis even after he’d been revealed as a fake.

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