Help us beat last year's record of $7100!
Awesome! We are half way to our goal!
|Goal: $7,200||Donations so far: $6687.20|
We are 100% user-supported! Help and donate today!
|Someone is wrong on|
Whale.to is a website run by English pig farmer John Scudamore. Scudamore has a long history of trying to insert links to his website on Wikipedia under the username Whaleto, but a few years ago this was put to an end when someone added whale.to to a spam block list. This means no one can link to it in any Wikipedia article, which led to Scudamore whining about being suppressed (obviously) by the "Church of Satan." It is a notorious dumping ground for all things pseudoscientific... as well as a few other things. Like the complete text of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, documentations of Illuminati mind control plots, and articles about the Catholic world conspiracy. It contains every (and we do mean every) half-baked pseudoscientific theory ever concocted.
Shockingly, it was used as a source by the plaintiffs in the Autism omnibus trial, and it has seen increasing use as a "source" by anti-vaccinationists and propagators of the vaccine-autism "connection" (which should be a clue right there to the validity of their claims).
 Scopie's Law
Scopie's Law states:
“”In any discussion involving science or medicine, citing Whale.to as a credible source loses you the argument immediately... and gets you laughed out of the room.
 Others not to cite
Most fields have their quintessential exemplars of utter failure.
- Using Joseph Mercola or NaturalNews in support of alternative medicine or, for that matter, anything else. NaturalNews is itself known to violate Scopie's Law and cite Whale.to on numerous occasions.
- Any of David Icke or Alex Jones' websites (Infowars, PrisonPlanet) or "documentaries" as evidence of... anything, really.
- Using Answers in Genesis to back up a creationist point.
- The Daily Mail sometimes posts articles that aren't made-up bullshit. All such articles are plagiarised from other news sources; find and use those.
- Educate-yourself.org is an American version of Whale.to, right down to the layout of the pages, though not quite as comprehensive.
- Citing the Family Research Council when trying to argue against homosexuality.
- Globalresearch.ca; if you don't agree with mainstream sources on 9/11, or HAARP, or vaccines, or Kosovo, or Gaddafi, or H1N1, or climate change... globalresearch.ca will have a page you can cite to support your viewpoint.
- FoodBabe for anything other than the occasional recipe.
- Citing Nyhetsspeilet when arguing in Norwegian.
- Weekly World News and ChristWire — although in this case it's not so much that they're full of misinformation, it's more that you're stupid enough to believe it's real.
- The Mind Unleashed and Collective Evolution share a lot of Venn Diagram space with NaturalNews.
- Rense.com as a source of news, opinion, or much of anything else.
- Grover Furr on Stalin, communism or the USSR.
- Gilles-Eric Séralini's abysmal 2012 rat paper. Seriously, it's that bad.
- Whale.to (Warning: Enter at your own risk. But good for a laugh, if you have that sense of humour.)
- Whydontyoutrythis.com cites many of the above including Natural News, and again will get you laughed out the room.
- Concienciaradio.com if you don't feel compassion for a delusional man and you can't help but laughing your ass off at almost every sentence the man says.
- Healthimpactnews.com is also much like citing Mercola or Mike Adams.
- Contraperiodismomatrix.com is the shrine of Spanish conspiracy-mongers. Take a look just for the lulz!
- ↑ Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood. Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines Are Safe and Save Lives. Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield, 2012.
- ↑ Caution.
- ↑ A Whale of an Expert, Neurodiversity. 13 June 2008.
- ↑ See the original post here. This post was cited by Orac of Respectful Insolence as the first mention of the law.
- ↑ Five times in this article alone.
|Articles on RationalWiki about Eponymous laws|
|Danth's Law - Feminist internet laws - Godwin's Law - Gore's Law - Haggard's Law - Haig's Law - Internet law - List of Poe's Law examples - Loi de Poe - Murphy's Law - Poe's Law - Rove's Law|