Author Archives: Mike Rothschild

About Mike Rothschild

Mike Rothschild is a writer and editor based in Pasadena. He writes about scams, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and pop culture fads. He's also a playwright and screenwriter. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/rothschildmd.

Food Babe vs. the Glucose Tolerance Test: Another Science Fail

When it comes to unscientific nonsense wrapped in a toxic shell of concern trolling and naturalistic fallacies, you can’t do better than the Food Babe. The food crusader and blogger, whose real name is Vani Hari and whose background is … Continue reading

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A Fun Quiz About Chemicals: The Answers!

Last week’s Skeptoid post took a look at the maxim of “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it” and found it to be silly and simplistic. Judging a chemical (or anything, for that matter) to be “bad” because it … Continue reading

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A Fun Quiz About Chemicals

The cautionary maxim “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it” became popular thanks to food writer and activist Michael Pollan. In an NPR story from 2008, he wrote it as an easy to remember phrase: “Don’t buy products with … Continue reading

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EV-D68: The (Not) New Disease to (Not) Panic About

Spreading like a brush fire on a hot day, the virus jumped from place to place and person to person with ease, sickening people before they knew what hit them. Scientists struggled to figure out what it was and how … Continue reading

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Updates to Previous Posts: Iraqi Dinars and Banker Suicides

One quirk of applying skepticism to current events is that they often move very quickly. A blog post can go up and seem out of date within a few weeks. So I’m going to go take a look back at … Continue reading

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Top Ten (Extremely Silly) Ways to F*** the System

Once in a while, it’s fun to take a Facebook meme and pull it apart like a piece of taffy. These can be lists of bogus quotes, chemphobic nonsense, or things “they” don’t want you to know about. But the … Continue reading

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The Ice Bucket Challenge: Awareness is Not Money

Like the rest of you, my social media feeds are being inundated by people dumping buckets of ice water over their heads. Friends, relatives, celebrities, athletes. Big Deal Important People like Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk. If you’ve heard of … Continue reading

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Barack Obama and Golf: A Skeptical Analysis

The great thing about math is that it doesn’t take sides. Whether or not something is greater or less than something else doesn’t change at all based on what you happen to think about that thing. A perfect example of … Continue reading

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Stop Comparing Everything You Don’t Like to the Nazis

The lazy shorthand for calling something or someone evil is to compare them to the Nazis. It’s a cheap and easily-understood way of demonizing something you personally don’t like. Call it guilt by association, with an association that usually isn’t … Continue reading

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A Roundup of MH17 Conspiracy Theories

Absolutely nobody should be surprised that conspiracy theories and bad reporting regarding the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 tragedy sprang up almost as soon as the plane went down. And with complicated international politics at play, the conspiracies, misinformation and hoaxes … Continue reading

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