Friday Fun: Homeopathic leak threatens catastrophe

Sep 16 2011 Published by under friday fun

How do no one every tell of this NewsBiscuit before? It's fantastic, kind of a UK version of The Onion, but dryer and more polite. Or something.

Anyways, here's a recent one, my introduction to this fantastic site: Homeopathic leak threatens catastrophe.

An accidental release of highly dilute homeopathic waste from a research institute in Swindon has led to calls for the centre to be shut down. Plant operators have admitted responsibility for massive safety blunders after a spilled drop of an enormously dilute test product was cleaned by a caretaker, and in complete disregard of all safety procedures, allowed to enter the water system after he emptied his mop bucket down the drain.

*snip*

Local reaction has been mixed - many of course are living in fear - the latest advice has been for locals not to wash their vegetables before cooking. Some demand the plant be closed down. But others have taken a more pragmatic view, and accept that sometimes great advances in medical pseudoscience can come at a heavy price.

It's really very funny. You should read the whole thing.

5 responses so far

  • oldebabe says:

    Hey, big thanks for the info re: Newsbiscuit... a really funny site. Actually, I like it better than The Onion, so far.

    Too many sites for skeptics/critical thinkers seem to be getting more and more morose,draggy, too wordy, and repetitive (maybe even too intellectual?), so it is good that here are sites like these, full of humor, but that still address foolish ideas, and make it fun. Perhaps this approach that can/should be most effective in making the ridiculous obvious.

  • AndyB says:

    Well, I see that the comment above found one way around the spam filter. (copy the text above, add a link to an unrelated site, ...?, and, presumably, profit)

    But thanks for sharing! I do love when pseudoscience is taken to its logical extreme. (a la https://www.xkcd.com/808/ )

  • John Dupuis says:

    The spam post is deleted now. And yeah, that seems to be an emergent trend in spamming, excerpting the post itself or some of the comments.

  • CRM-114 says:

    Is their name modeled on 'air biscuit'?

  • Yogaone says:

    This if far too funny! One Drop? Like hospitals don't accidentily send more than that down the sewer each day!

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