Thursday, November 16, 2006

I'm off to see the wizards, the famous wizards of Oz

Actually, I'm off for a few days to attend the Australian Skeptics Convention in Melbourne. So I won't be posting for a day or three. Meanwhile, I leave you with this thought. I walked through a checkout at my local variety store today, and a woman said "Would you mind if I had a look through your bag sir?" I said no, and she duly looked. She was an employee of the store as it happens. And then I thought: "I wonder if it would be illegal if I just hung around near store checkouts and asked people if they minded if I had a look through their bags?" Think about it. I'm sure most people would reflexively agree, assuming that I was an employee of the store. If I didn't actually say I was an employee, surely I haven't done anything illegal. It could be fun... for a while. Don't try this at home kiddies.

As to the puzzling title to this post. Some of my skeptical friends are professional magicians and fakers of the first order. So I am off to see the wizards. And they are Aussies, so they are from Oz. Famous? That part was exaggerated.