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.

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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Hey, Where’s the Fukushima Plume?

After I started writing about the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it quickly became clear that there was a huge amount of fearmongering about it. Garbage anti-science pieces like “At the very least your days of eating Pacific Ocean … Continue reading

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How I Accidentally Made a Fake Picture Go Viral

As if I didn’t already know this, social media has the power to take information, no matter how factual or dubious, and send it rocketing out into the world in no time flat. As a blogger for Skeptoid, I’ve debunked … Continue reading

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Skeptical Odds and Ends From the Last Month

New conspiracy theories and affronts to critical thinking emerge on a depressingly regular basis. Some are worth devoting substantial time and effort into debunking, but others come and go so quickly that they’re only good for a mild look-in before … Continue reading

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Nine True Conspiracies That Aren’t Actually True or Conspiracies

In Skeptoid Episode #364, Brian made a statement regarding conspiracy theories that I’ve since used many times in my continued battle against tinfoil-helmeted nonsense. It’s simple, direct, and 100% true: No conspiracy theory has ever been proven true. A less-elegant … Continue reading

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Did China Really Buy the State of Idaho?

Did you know that China is buying the state of Idaho? Or at least a huge chunk of the state of Idaho. For what purpose? Why, to build a 50 square mile self-sustaining industrial city south of Boise, as part … Continue reading

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You’ll Pry My Guinness From My Cold, Dead Hands

Cautionary listicles of things you should “never do” are popular because they’re easily consumable, have a click-grabbing title, lots of pictures and are ostensibly about helping you change your ways. Unfortunately, they’re also breeding grounds for misinformation, due to their … Continue reading

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