Skeptical Valentines for a Good Cause January 12, 2011

Skeptical Valentines for a Good Cause

In order to raise money for Skepticon 4 later this year, the team members there are creating handmade “Skepticards” for Valentine’s Day:

As a math person, I really like the 95% one, though I would prefer the wording: “You’re more than three standard deviations above the mean in Awesomeness.”

(By the way, they’ll also make custom cards with the message of your choice!)

The cards are $5 each and the money’s going to a great cause, so act early and pick one (or more?) up.

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  • Claudia

    I like the statistics one too. Of course, Tim Minchin got there first:

    “What I’m saying is, I don’t think you’re special. I mean, I think you’re special but you fall within a Bell Curve.”

  • I’m kinda wondering what P.Z.’s Trophy Wife thinks of that first one. Slightly creepy.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    The PZ Myers one is in particularly poor taste.

  • vexorian

    I don’t even get the PZ Myers one.

  • Hmmmm. Tastelessness aside, could we use someone else other than PZ Myers? That one’s just not workin’ for me.

    Maybe Jodie Foster, Sarah Silverman, or Brad Pitt? Are they single? I can never keep track of these things…

  • Steve

    Jodie Foster has reportedly broken up with Cydney Bernard. Brad Pitt is married to Angelina Jolie.

  • Remus

    “you’ll do until PZ Myers is single”

    Priceless (though a bit creepy)

  • cypressgreen

    I thought the PZ one is cute! I told my husband, and said that he didn’t have to worry ’cause I don’t think Mrs PZ will give him up to easily.

    So husband says, “Maybe she shares?”

    LOL

  • Richard Wade

    As a math person, I really like the 95% one, though I would prefer the wording: “You’re more than three standard deviations above the mean in Awesomeness.”

    To a non-math person that might sound like “You’re way more than awesomely mean,” and maybe something about being very deviant. I hope The Special Lady Friend is also a math person.

  • Steve

    Three standard deviations above the mean, means being in the upper 0.3% of awesomeness

  • Richard Wade

    Thank you Steve. I did understand that. It’s just that some people, when they say “mean,” they mean “mean” instead of meaning “mean.” Y’know what I mean?

    But let’s not deviate.

  • J. J. Ramsey

    Richard Wade:

    It’s just that some people, when they say “mean,” they mean “mean” instead of meaning “mean.” Y’know what I mean?

    Yes, but I don’t think that card is meant for the average person.

  • Nordog

    If someone doesn’t laugh at that one, they may not be mean, they may just be average.

  • I’m stealing Hemant’s idea for my own special valentine 🙂