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Valentine’s Day is coming, but so is something else

It’s clear from the treacly ads that are clogging the airwaves that Valentine’s Day is near. For those of us who tend to find Valentine’s Day (and, even worse, that knockoff holiday Sweetest Day) annoying, it’s a bad time of the year, particularly since in these parts February is the most depressing time of the year anyway. Fortunately, if you’re a skeptic, another “holiday” of sorts falls on the very same date as Valentine’s Day. Yes, it’s yet another Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, that blog carnival for skepticism and critical thinking. This time around, appropriately enough for Valentine’s Day, Bug Girl is hosting. Her instructions for submitting entries for inclusion in the carnival are here, and the general instructions are here. Help a Bug Girl out and send her your best skeptical blogging and then join her next Thursday.

Finally, if you’re interested in hosting, check out the guidelines and drop me a line at [email protected] I’ll peruse your blog to make sure you aren’t one of David Icke’s lizard people, a Scientologist, a creationist, or any other of the overly credulous (or manifestations thereof), and then add you to the schedule.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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