Exposing PseudoAstronomy

March 17, 2012

Podcast Episode 27: Stellar Scams


Day late, 20 hrs of work left to do before I leave for the airport in 10 hours … sorry. This episode is about buying star names and land on other planets.

This week, I’m introducing a new, alternative segment to the puzzler. My tentative name for it is “Fact or Fake.” This totally original idea that is not ripped off from any other popular skeptical podcasts is where I will present you with two to four items, based loosely around the topic in the main segment, and you need to figure out which is or are fact, and which is or are fake.

The reason for this segment shift is that the puzzlers are sometimes really really hard to come up with, hence why I’ve been soliciting ideas for the past few episodes. This doesn’t mean that the Puzzler is retired — if I can come up with a puzzler that’s good for the topic of the episode, then I’ll use it. If I can’t, then I’ll do this new segment. That said, the NEXT episode is going to be an overview of the asteroid belt, and whether it was ever a planet. If you can think of a good puzzler for that, please send it in.

This is my first attempt at this thing, so let me know what you think.

2 Comments »

  1. Nice one, and a good concise summary of the star names scam!

    (I’ll happy call it a SCAM.)

    Comment by davidgerard — March 18, 2012 @ 2:04 am | Reply

  2. Interesting podcast – I’d not heard of this type of scam before (and I agree with David of Comment 1 fame – it IS a scam)

    Comment by muklowd — March 18, 2012 @ 3:27 pm | Reply


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