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From RationalWiki:

Poe's Law was originally formulated by Nathan Poe. The law emerged at the creationism versus evolution forum on the website Christianforums.com. Like most such places, it had seen a large number of creationist parody postings and these parody posts were usually followed by at least one user starting a flame war (a series of angry and offensive personal attacks) thinking it was a real post. Nathan Poe summarized this pattern in his original formulation of the law:

"Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won't mistake for the genuine article."

The law caught on and has since slowly leaked out as an internet meme. Over time it has been reformulated to include more than just creationist parody but rather any parody of fundamentalism, whether religious, secular, or totally bonkers.



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Buying our tractor doesn't mean you own it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Tuesday. 0 Replies

We Can’t Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of OwnershipIt’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to…Continue

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Let's sing "Every Sperm is Sacred"

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 2. 3 Replies

Despite being rebuffed by voters in Mississippi and Colorado, proponents of the “personhood” movement are still pushing to…Continue

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Science Committee promotes Climate Denial

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Dec 1. 1 Reply

Welcome to 1984 2016, where an official government science committee promotes anti-science. In other news, up is down.The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is now…Continue

Tags: Official US Climate Denial, 1984, doublespeak

Throwing stick for dog patent

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 1. 3 Replies

The US Patent Office is insane. The only requirement for a patent for an obvious thing like throwing a stick for a dog is that nobody else has already patented it. So you can start suing people for…Continue

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Debt Collector that you sue can take ownership of your lawsuit to get it dismissed

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 20. 2 Replies

We've officially entered an dystopian alternate reality in US law. Debt collectors that use unfair practices, if sued, can now just sell off all of your property including your lawsuit against them.…Continue

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Deez Nuts Presidential Candidate

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 20, 2015. 0 Replies

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Bill McKibben tongue in cheek

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3, 2012. 0 Replies

Bill McKibben on the Global Warming HoaxWe're only enjoying a disaster…Continue

Tags: climate change humor

Political Poe? I don't think so, but one can hope.

Started by Michelle. Last reply by Фелч Гроган Jul 14, 2010. 2 Replies

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Tags: Politics, Beck

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