I was rummaging through the file of pending blog topics, some of which have been there a while, and ran across this one. There were several podcasters who were disciples of the famous skeptic, James Randi. And sometimes those podcasts were quite entertaining.
Mr. Randi himself was a guest on one, and he told a funny story that went something like this:
Some years ago I was invited by a TV station to accompany a crew to the house made famous by the Amityville horror movie. They also invited a psychic to go along to help communicate with the ghosts, should there be any. So the cars pulled up to the house, and the psychic wanted to touch the ground to get the vibes or whatever. The psychic got out and almost immediately fell to the ground and began writhing and convulsing.
A police car had pulled up, and the policeman stayed in his car. Presumable he was simply going to watch the filming. But once the psychic started convulsing the police officer got out and walked to them.
The officer asked, “What's going on?” They explained that they were there to make a news spot about the Amityville thing.
“Oh, that house is two blocks over.”
I enjoyed listening to those skeptic podcasts until they abandoned their skepticism and became too preachy about man-made global warming. Say, it wouldn't take much to twist that story a bit and put global warmists in the place of the psychic.