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This article was identified as a possible duplicate of List of Poe's Law examples, but it was decided to keep the articles separate.

Another example: "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast[edit]

When WotW was broadcast on radio on Oct 30 1938, many listeners thought a real alien invasion was happening, despite many details of the script being changed "to tone down the realism".

"Poe's Inversion"? (The "Just kidding"-defence)[edit]

I was wondering after my pointed comments on environmental classism regarding the "We were just joking"-explanation for the contents of the Summers memoWikipedia's W.svg whether it's an inversion of Poe's Law when people called out on something use the "Just kidding"-escape hatch? Or is it some other fallacy/trope that covers such behaviour? ScepticWombat (talk) 21:17, 26 April 2015 (UTC)


There is a statement that anyone who 'deliberately and unnecessarily brings Hitler/Stalin/other snarl term person' into a discussion has automatically lost the argument ('the newt' and 'the bike' being recent examples). Is this a variant of Poe's Law or does it have another name? (talk) 13:17, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

You are probably looking for Godwin's Law. Category:Eponymous laws might also be of use.--JorisEnter (talk) 13:54, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
I normally leave Poe/Godwin infractors well alone - the two groups probably overlap to some extent. (talk) 13:04, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

The Delicious Irony of Poe's Law[edit]

Google Poe's law and you'll find the definition google gives is from Conservapedia. (talk) 16:46, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Alex Jones[edit]

Would it be worth mentioning A.J's claims of being a performance artist? I feel like it's related but I'm new here. Feel free to delete this.

Sounds like it's related, but it's not a confirmation... --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 22:13, 5 May 2017 (UTC)

why is Szilveszter Matuska here?[edit]

"Szilveszter Matuska was a 1930s-era terrorist who derailed trains. Historians believe he was possibly motivated by sexual gratification (symphorophilia), although the exact motive is not known for sure. Some analysts suggest similar dynamics may be at work today in some cases of Islamic terrorism (the 72-virgins thing being an obvious example)."

Interesting, but really has nothing to do with Poe's Law Skepticalgiraffe (talk) 15:24, 21 July 2017 (UTC)