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What every spaceship needs: a self-distract button

The example of movie after movie should give clear guidance to astrophysical engineers.  Time and again Our Hero manages to keep the spaceship Galactro, or Phaeson, or Whatever, from destroying itself with only 3 seconds to spare.  Why?  Because somebody put their coffee mug on the self-destruct button, and Our Hero must race to the […]

Fact Check: Does A NASA Scientist Say The Earth Will Be Plunged Into Darkness For Six Days This June?

“Earth Will Experience 6 Days Of Total Darkness In June 2015″ – such is the claim made in many places around the Internet, from BeforeItsNews.com to AnonymousMags.com

“NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience 6 days of almost complete darkness and will happen from the dates Tuesday the 30 – Monday the 6 […]

Would you stroll in this colon?

My first reaction upon seeing this hands-on exhibit was digust: shouldn’t some exhibitions be hands-off?  My second reaction was a different kind of disgust: who wants to eat refreshments next to an 8-foot-high section of  bowel?  My third reaction turned to the inevitable jokes about “passing” through. 

My final emotional destination was admiration: it takes […]

Trivia for Dummies

Spotted at a goodwill store.  I can’t decide whether this game completely misses the point or is the best example of accuracy in advertising the universe has ever seen.

Culture Waves in Congress, 1995-2014

In the Congressional Record over the last twenty years, here’s how many times the following phrases were uttered…

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Sydney’s Voluptuous Buttocks For President

Yes, Sydney’s Voluptuous Buttocks is, or perhaps are, running for President of the United States in 2016. […]

Kickstarter Seeks To Re-Create Hell On Earth

There is a place in Michigan called Hell. It’s an unincorporated settlement, meaning that it’s a place without any local government below the level of Putnam Township in Livingston County.

In its present incarnation, Hell is kind of hokey. It’s something like a Halloween theme park, populated by goofy cartoon images of vampires, zombies […]

Disney Innovation Goes Surreal

I had always considered the Walt Disney company, especially in its 20th Century incarnation, to be staid, conservative, safe, dull, and obvious.  That assessment falls away in the face of Disney’s My Very First Dictionary, copyright 1989.  The book was open to the page you see above at the pediatrician’s office this afternoon, and […]

Ben Carson PAC Claims That Barack Obama Is Trying To Stop The 2016 Presidential Election

The National Draft Ben Carson For President Committee is asserting that Barack Obama is trying to use this strategy of provoking poor people to rise up en masse, by lowering the value of the U.S. dollar, in order to prevent the 2016 presidential election. […]

Secret Muslims In Our Midst! The Shahadah Finger Reveals Conspiracy!

If Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim, then George Clooney is secretly ten Muslims. […]

Jim Rickards Warns Of Imminent Recession. So What?

It’s surprising to me, given that the Internet enables the communication of a variety of ideas in an unprecedented diversity of forms, how predictable and repetitive its right wing conspiracy theories have become. A standard format has developed that can be identified from a mile away.

So it is with the Jim Rickards conspiracy theory […]