Friday, April 01, 2005

Congratulations, PZ, and Happy April 1st!

As did old man Prospero, so we find
Our cheap and tawdry charms all undermined.
It's time the truth were free, so we'll unwind
Our tangled web, and quit our daily grind.

a) Who are we?

First of all, none of the following suggestions were correct--we are not:

- Calvin Trillin
- David Horowitz
- Students of PZ Myers (much as we wish we were)
- Creationist attention-seekers, or other wingnut wonks
- Thomas Pynchon.

We are, however:

- Socar Myles (PhaWRONGula)


- Virgil Keys (Phunicular).

Congratulations, PZ! You got us! We shall be sending you this highly amusing, yet strikingly cheap-arsed prize, care of the University. Congratulations!

b) Why did we do it?

Every year, we pick someone we like and respect, and play a giant April Fool's joke on them. Last year, it was the Internet art community. We got 'em but good, let me tell you--pulled the silliest hoax imaginable, and they went for it hook, line, and sinker. It had to do with insane Christians. You'd have liked it. Or hated it. Or both, simultaneously.

With you, PZ, we knew it wouldn't be so easy. We couldn't pull a Piltdown Man on you, or snow you with some spurious scientific claim. You know more about science than we do, and are quite the skeptic, besides. So we decided to have a little lighthearted fun with you, instead. Initially, we only meant to compose verses related to your blog posts, but then you went and asked for tickets to "Pharyngula: The Musical", so we just HAD to write you one. We hope you enjoyed our humble efforts, and that you continue with your illuminating posts.

c) Is this the end of PhaWRONGula?

Yes and no. We cannot keep up the current frenetic pace, not if we wish to keep our jobs. However, we shall be leaving all the existing posts online, and we will occasionally pop up with an encore or two, when a moment presents itself.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sad to see you go, but thanks very much for the entertainment. I've enjoyed it immensely.

11:28 PM  

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