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Whale.to is a website run by English pig farmer John Scudamore.[1] 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."[2] 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.[3] 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).

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[edit] 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.

It was first formulated by Rich Scopie on the Bad Science forum.[4]

[edit] Others not to cite

Most fields have their quintessential exemplars of utter failure.

[edit] External links

[edit] Footnotes

  1. 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.
  2. Caution.
  3. A Whale of an Expert, Neurodiversity. 13 June 2008.
  4. See the original post here. This post was cited by Orac of Respectful Insolence as the first mention of the law.
  5. Five times in this article alone.
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