Crackpot Theories: PiCS, or it didn't happen.

Astute readers may have noticed that I've blatantly stolen this "blog about crackpot theories" thing from my older brother.* Now I'd like to steal another aspect of the idea from him. He once defined a crackpot theory as any explanation that makes you go, "Yeah! That sounds right!"

What I like about the phrase is the sense of self-deprecation it brings with it. When you describe your idea as a crackpot theory, it tells listeners that they should probably get some salt for this idea margarita, 'cause you're going to need one or two hefty grains! (Drinking and BS explanations go together like french fries and gravy. You know it's wrong, but it feels so right!)

But not everyone uses such amazing terminology to qualify their brilliant, and well-though-out ideas. Some people just say them as if they're true.** In such cases, as with many things in life, it's the internet trolls who've figured out the solution: Pics, or it didn't happen.

In this case, "pics" is a handy little anagram to remember (because I'm that kind of nerd).

Published In a Credible Scientificjournal.*** It's like [citation needed], but makes you sound like an even bigger jerk than a Wikipedia editor!

It lets you be flippant and dismissive, and right! So, the next time someone tries to convince you of something with "logic" or "statistics" or "anecdotal evidence," just remember: Pics or it didn't happen!

*That's OK. He stole the "programming computers" thing from me, so we'll call it even!

** "Not meant to be a factual statement"

*** Journal of Irreproducible Results counts.

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