Friday Funny – Zombie sea level sticks

Josh writes:

For Michael Mann’s use of the Hockey Stick in the sea level paper – an obscure cinematic reference. Well yes, but then isn’t that kind of appropriate?

Hint: The person in the trenchcoat is “Willis”

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40 Responses to Friday Funny – Zombie sea level sticks

  1. Henry chance says:

    The trench coat gives resistance to trenches. Umbrellas offer protection from sun and rain.
    If we all buy waders, we will be fine.

  2. Alexander K says:

    Pure comic gold, Josh!

  3. Patrick Davis says:

    Shouldn’t that be “I see dead hockey sticks. I see them all the time.”? But yes saw the connection right away…sadly 30mins into Saturday already.

  4. Josh says:

    This is the bit.. it’s such a good moment.

  5. Aaron Wells says:

    Patrick, the problem is the dead hockey sticks don’t know they’re dead!

  6. Craig says:

    Josh, that’s your best one yet!

  7. NoAstronomer says:

    Simply brilliant!

  8. MikeN says:

    Josh, that’s not obscure.

  9. Sam Hall says:

    Aaron, they aren’t dead, they are just upside down.

  10. Dermot O'Logical says:

    all the time….

  11. Dr. Dave says:

    Which Willis is it?

  12. NikFromNYC says:

    I sea hockey sticks.
    Icy hockey sticks!

  13. ManitobaKen says:

    Very funny Josh, definitely a keeper. And not obscure at all.

  14. Gary Hladik says:

    Brilliant! The man sees hockey sticks (everywhere) that no one else can see.

  15. RockyRoad says:

    Ah, Mann and his Hockey Stick schtik. What I’ve noticed is that the bend on his recent sticks begin way before a mid-20th century timeframe (~1950), hence he’s destroying his own argument regarding cause and effect. Couldn’t happen to a more worthy researcher and all around nice guy.
    /sarc off.

  16. Bob Diaz says:

    I see Josh putting up another good funny!!!

    Thanks for the laugh. :-))

  17. Ric Werme says:

    MikeN says:
    June 24, 2011 at 8:10 am

    > Josh, that’s not obscure.

    Speak for yourself! Oh alright, I don’t get out enough.

    Josh, thanks for the explanation. At least I recognized the movie’s name.

  18. Tom Davidson says:

    Would that be “H – E – double” Hockey Sticks?

  19. Tom Davidson says:

    I am unfamiliar with Willis. Does he *always* sport a Michal Mann-type tonsure and goatee?

  20. hunter says:

    Mann is truly obsessed on this. I urge him to get psychiatric help, and soon.

  21. Mark Wilson says:

    hunter says:
    June 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I would recommend a long vacation. Or perhaps even retirement. It’s obvious the pressure is starting to get to him.

  22. engcirrus says:

    Well put Josh!
    BTW, If any of you fine folk out in the sticks want to know how to build an igloo, to keep you cool from ‘you-know-what’, and you have a yen (or 3) to travel, then visit West Yorkshire, England, this Christmas. We hope to be building igloos before the end of November, and you are all welcome to have a look-see, at, I have to say, very acceptable charges.
    Unfortunately, the nearest sea is around 70 miles away from where I’m sitting, which appears to be a bit quiet at the mo, but we can sort that one out once you arrive at Manchester Airport.
    One small point; please bring dollars, rather than the 3 yen. We have difficulty in understanding some foreign currency, let alone foreign languages.

  23. Doug Jones says:

    Steven Mosher made the cruelest pun- “Siltdown Mann” I can’t top that.

  24. kirkmyers says:

    Myers KL.

    Thanks for everything. A few bicycle inventors a long time ago were told they could not fly a plane. Another good gentlemen was told he could not invent a light bulb. He learned how many times, through trial and error, how to not make a DC bulb. It took Tesla to give us an AC bulb.

    I wish we could bring back all four (including both the Wright Brothers.)

    Thanks, Anthony, for giving everyone a chance to express an opinion.


  25. John M says:

    Why is Michael Mann talking to George W. Bush?


  26. Robert Austin says:

    kirkmyers says:
    June 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I am curious. What is the difference between an DC bulb and an AC bulb? I assume that we are talking about incandescent bulbs here.

  27. kirkmyers says:

    I was not specific re: alternating current vs. direct current. It has nothing to do with the bulb. Obviously, an incandescent bulb is preferable to the mercury-filled ones “Gang Green” wants us to buy at a much higher cost to save us from the horrors of man-made CO2-based global warming.

    My point was about Edison giving way to Tesla (or stealing from him) the type of current delivered to the bulb. AC is a much better delivery system.

    Thanks for responding.


  28. Dave Wendt says:

    Some of you may recall this recent post regarding the IPCC’s attempt to design possible solutions to help us survive our self-inflicted climatic doom

    It would appear that in assembling their “group of 60 leading scientists from around the world” they managed to miss one truly innovative thinker, which is hard to understand since she seems to embody all of the qualities that make for a “qualified climate scientist”

  29. Gary Hladik says:

    Dave Wendt, actually that blonde lady’s idea isn’t so bad, although nature invented the “outside air conditioner” eons ago: thunderstorms.

  30. Larry Fields says:

    Larry’s stoopid question of the day:
    Do zombie hockey sticks eat brains?

  31. kirkmyers says:

    Thanks, Dave, for the great post.

    I’m still scratching my head and wondering how Michael Mann and other so-called scientists who read from the new Bible of Global Warming look in the mirror. We’ve learned more than we want to know about the character of certain people in the midst of this controversy about the earth’s climate, now called “climate change.”

    My guess is that most fall into the following classes:

    1) Good scientists who are not tenured and live in fear of not being tenured
    2) Good scientists who are tenured and live in fear of being ostracized by their peers and not invited to the department’s next cocktail party
    3) “Scientists” who go along to get along, ethics be damned
    4)”Scientists who know it’s all nonsense, but want to grab the global warming research money
    5) The “political scientists” who will lie and cheat, and say to heck with science (we know who they are) and will pursue the research money and publicity with a vengeance, to the exclusion of any sense of ethics or morality

    Perhaps, I am giving too many scientists the benefit of doubt.


  32. climatenonconformist says:

    Children believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy. Michael Mann believes in hockey sticks.

  33. kirkmyers says:

    In the above post I left all the good scientists and meterologists — the Willie Soons, the Joe D’Aleos, the Joe Bastardis and many more of the world — good people and darned good scientists and meterologists.

    There is hope. And I left you out, Anthony. Thanks for giving all of us a soapbox. Your forum is a blessing for those of us who tire of corporate controlled media.


  34. Barry Day says:

    “Michael Mann’s use of the Hockey Stick in the sea level paper”

    Was that a reconstruction from a single “whirlpool’s rings”?

  35. MikeN says:

    Josh, if you could now get something with Michael Mann seated across the table from Steve McIntyre. Or perhaps someone else, in a movie directed by Michael Mann. There’s a flip side to that coin.

  36. philincalifornia says:

    Mann walks into a bar. Bartender says “What will it be sir?”

    Mann says gimme ten scotches, nine on the rocks and then one straight up.

  37. Larry Fields says:

    kirkmyers says:
    June 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    “I’m still scratching my head and wondering how Michael Mann and other so-called scientists who read from the new Bible of Global Warming look in the mirror.”

    Then Kirk did a preliminary taxonomy of scientists who do research climate change. I’d like to add one more category: field biologists. These researchers are understandably inclined to accept the conventional wisdom on AGW, because it’s natural to respect the work of scientists in other specialties. A generation ago, that approach would have been quite reasonable.

    Even now, a biologist doing climate-change-related research can retain a fair amount of personal integrity. Example. You can assume that the IPCC’s projections for the end of this Century are reasonably accurate. Then you can do a study to estimate the impact of the putative warming on the endangered Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat, in Queensland. No lying, no cheating, no slight-of-hand. Field biologists are one step removed from climate modelers.

    This is an example of how one category of scientists can make the honest mistake of taking the integrity of scientists in other specialties for granted. We outsiders should be careful to avoid painting all climate change researchers with an overly broad brush.

  38. JPeden says:

    Larry Fields says:
    June 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Larry’s stoopid question of the day:
    Do zombie hockey sticks eat brains?

    Well, they got Mann’s.

  39. plokos says:

    global warming alarmists = global cooling deniers

    the whole world is in denial.

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