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Beccy’s Adventures in America-land…

… And the sciency stuff I encountered there. Of course, I was largely there for three things; culture, theme parks, and the best steak ever. But along the way I found myself looking out for pseudoscientific naughtiness- in a foreign land for a change!

    Of all the many tourist delights in Florida, one which I was particularly interested in was the Holy Land Experience– a theme park simulating the world of the Bible. This clip from Bill Maher’s ‘Religulous’ pretty much sums it up. He’s an anti-vaxxer. Don’t judge me for using his clip please, it’s a goodun’. I did suggest visiting, but my mother pointed out that taking a family of atheists to a theme park geared at Christians may not be money well spent. I was forced to agree. Check out my amazing from-moving-car photography above. Snazzy.
    Another thing that I noticed was alarmingly prevalent were shops and booths offering psychic readings. I never went for one, so I don’t know how seriously they were taking themselves. But either way, they were everywhere. They were even in Universal Studios, which gets a ridiculous amount of traffic during the summer- although it was obviously intended as a tourist activity. However, there were many roadside shops offering psychic readings and predictions too. If I hadn’t had candy and Disney Princess merch to spend my money on, I might have got one. Yeah, I really love Disney Princess.
    I got the next best thing in Ripley’s Believe it or Not, though; A ZOLTAN PREDICTION. The doll was creepy. Picture of my super- accurate tailor-made prediction above. The reverse of the card was a palm reading guide… It showed you the lines, but never told you what they meant. Cop-out. Cost me a damned buck.
    On the plus side, however, I am not here simply to mock. We went to Kennedy Space Centre, which was totally inspirational and cool. We initially tried to get tickets for the Atlantis shuttle launch, but too many people applied and we got none. Sad face. But we went down a few days later anyway. It seemed weird to me; this amazing centre of science was kind of juxtaposed with its rural, rustic surroundings. But I liked how the centre was
split into different sections- including a super-cool rocket garden! There were rockets all over; some of which you could see inside. Sadly, the seats were already burny-hot by 11am in the Floridian sunshine, and it was hard to pose properly. But we gave it a good try.
    So to America, and most of my Teen Skepchick peers, I love your country. Tell the psychics to go away. Over and out.
    P.S. Formatting issues meant indentation instead of line-missing in this post. Forgive me plz.
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