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OT: pranking the creationists

February 13th, 2009 at 04:25 am

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You have to wonder whether astrology actually worked on Feb 12, 1809 - both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born today 200 years ago within a couple of hours of each other. Most of us in the United States think that Lincoln's birthday was the bigger deal, Darwin's less so. Not me - as a former scientist, Darwin is definitely the bigger deal.

Not to mention that I could celebrate Darwin's birthday in a unique Seattle way: The Discovery Institute (creationist think tank) is across the street from our offices.

Figure 1. Matter of fact it shares a wall with the back of my gym at left. So to the left, inside people pursue fitness to prevent natural selection, enhance female choice, perhaps allow for a little forced DNA repair in the tanning bed; to the right, none of that.


Figure 2. The prank itself. Not terribly elaborate or destructive, and perfectly legal. It felt very good, despite being part of their video surveillence tape. Happy 200th, Chuck!


A special citation to the fellow conspirator, eg the picture taker (clearly not me). We've gotta keep an eye on these guys.

7 Responses to “OT: pranking the creationists”

  1. snoopycool Says:

    I just watched a very interesting PBS documentary on the Dover case.

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Wow, you got to visit the Discovery Institute. I've heard much surrounding its controversy, and would love to see it myself.

    What did you think of it personally?

  3. monkeymama Says:

    LOL.

  4. baselle Says:

    BA - they don't give tours. All I saw was the outside. From the glass doors, the first floor just has a staircase, with standard office space on the second floor. (Big semi-tropical plant on the second floor next to the window - with the decidedly frosty Seattle weather this winter, perhaps put there by a 'not so intelligent designer'). The glass doors at chest level have a No Loitering/ No Soliciting sign, while at the bottom there lies a Video Surveillance sign.

    Just an all around welcoming office space . Big Grin

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    Oh ok, so you didn't go inside? Still, celebrating Darwin's birthday by getting your picture taken right outside of the Discovery Institute is nothing short of utter brilliance! Big Grin

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Yay Darwin and Lincoln! Two of my favorite dudes. Smile

  7. SMB Says:

    LOVE it!

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