A few weeks ago, Memorial University of Newfoundland’s student newspaper, the Muse, published an article, “MUN to offer creation science program next year.” It appeared that one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, which has a some very good science programs in biochemistry and marine biology, had lost all sense of reality and decided to offer bachelor’s and graduate degrees in “Creation Science” (not a science).
The story was picked up by the Canadian University Press Newswire, “University to offer creation science program next year,” though clearly marked as “humour.” Then it was published in an atheist/skeptical blog, “Canadian University to Offer Creation ‘Science’ Degrees.” Then I read it, ready to publish it here.
But I have a policy about anything I write. I go read the original sources to make sure that I’ve got my facts right, something that the pseudoscientific lunatics rarely do. Memorial University’s website lacked any mention of it, except in the student Newspaper, where it was clearly labelled as “satire.” Oops. Very good satire too!
Oh well, I guess right-wing congressmen are not the only ones that get caught by satire.