Happy Aftermath Day

If you stopped by the blog yesterday, and said to yourself “Hah!  Jen McCreight obviously wouldn’t join the Men’s Rights movement!  I can read a calendar and I am not fooled at all!”… and then you patted yourself on the back and closed the blog down without bothering to click on the link… well, shame on you.  You may be nobody’s fool, but you managed to cheat yourself out of a lot of entertainment.

Yesterday, 21 bloggers announced the departure of someone else from the network.  Here’s the big list for you to peruse:

  1. The Atheist Experience: Jen McCreight is becoming an MRA
  2. Jen McCreight: Greta Christina just isn’t very angry anymore
  3. Greta Christina: JT Eberhard is rejoining his old Christian rock group
  4. JT Eberhard: Stephanie Zvan launches a new career writing erotic novels
  5. Stephanie Zvan: Dana Hunter found the Virgin Mary in some geodes
  6. Dana Hunter: Daniel Fincke is going to be a full time open air atheist preacher
  7. Daniel Fincke: Richard Carrier is running for Congress.  As an objectivist.
  8. Richard Carrier: Muslims bought off Al Stefanelli with hookers
  9. Al Stefanelli: Chris Hallquist is working for William Lane Craig
  10. Chris Hallquist: Chris Rodda sees history in a new light thanks to Kirk Cameron
  11. Chris Rodda: Ed Brayton, intimidated by Chuck Norris, is quitting blogging to be a pro poker player
  12. Ed Brayton: Ophelia Benson is joining Alain de Botton as an atheist who loves religion
  13. Ophelia Benson: Maryam Namazie will be a fashion designer
  14. Maryam Namazie: Offended by the nude calendar, Biodork will be creating a calendar of veiled women
  15. Biodork: Hank Fox has a meltdown after his blue collar roots are insulted
  16. Hank Fox: Greg Laden is really a con man named “Sticky” Johnson
  17. Greg Laden: Crommunist no longer cares about racial issues
  18. Crommunist: The Lousy Canuck is upset at not being the only Canadian
  19. Lousy Canuck: Assassin Actual is won over by the Cosmological argument
  20. Assassin Actual: Justin Griffith’s drunken binge ends the Rock Beyond Belief legacy
  21. Justin Griffith: The Atheist Experience is acquired by Fox News.  Lousy bunch of traitors.

We had a ridiculous amount of fun planning this self-destructive blog ring for your amusement.  Gratifyingly, many commenters referenced the other posts, and some even said they made it all the way around the circle.  Hopefully some of you have discovered some great blogs you weren’t following before.  I am personally very impressed by what a creative and talented group of writers are co-members of Freethought Blogs, and I’m proud to be in the company of so many godless bastards.

For the record though, would TAE join Fox News?  Assuming we get a contract that says we can retain our current cast and format, YES, in a heartbeat!  Think of all the callers we’d get!


  1. Muzz says

    After all the fun I’d like to apologise on behalf of Australia for the tremendous crash to earth that Queensland guy was.

  2. says

    What should we all come away with from this?

    1) We all CLEARLY have too much time on our hands
    2) We all CLEARLY worked together for a shitload of fun!

    Kudos, Props and Kewpie Dolls to everyone!

  3. says

    Matt had me fooled for a few seconds at the beginning of yesterday’s show.

    It’s with reluctance that I submit my resignation. I’ll turn in my Skeptic’s Badge and gun by the end of the day.

  4. Gregory in Seattle says

    I thought the articles were quite good and very well coordinated. Nice job, and thanks for the list! I missed a few.

  5. Vince says

    When I saw the first one of these, I thought “Oh thats kind of unexpected… weird and sad, but oh well.” When I saw that everyone had posted one of these I couldn’t stop laughing!
    What could you possibly do to top this next year?

  6. Chelsea says

    This was really clever, even though I didn’t buy it. I didn’t make it all the way through, but I had a fun time reading all the crazy stories.

  7. MikeMa says

    The first one I saw was JT christian rock departure and I was trying to remember if music had played a big part in his life when I read the second one (Greta’s?) and realized why April Fools is such a fun holiday.

    The list is good, as Gregory said, for the ones I missed. Too many had to do with leaving FTB or blogging. A space shuttle ride would have been nice or fellowship in Cameroon or, well, there is always 2013 as long as the Mayans don’t screw us.

  8. Trooper CX says

    On the Episode from yesterday, at about 20:00 or so when the guy from queens comes on and starts with his questions, Tracy’s smile is priceless.

  9. magistramarla says

    I loved it! I figured it out with the first one that I read, but that didn’t stop me from reading full circle. As you mentioned, I read a few bloggers that I don’t normally read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the different writing styles.
    Many of the posts showed that a lot of talent and thought went into them. I truly enjoyed Hank Fox’s tall tale!
    Bravo to all for a job well done!

  10. StevoR says

    Saw most of them but missed a couple and catching up now. Cheers!

    I’ll admit y’all had me going at the start but I quickly figured it out.

    As someone up-thread noted – how *are* you gunna top this next year?!?

  11. ah58 says

    For those interested, Dale has posted his call with Matt and Tracie on his youtube channel. Well, actually all he posted was his last question and Matt telling him that they were done with him.

    I assume that was to give the dishonest impression that they simply blew him off because they couldn’t answer his Bermuda Triangle question. Of course those of us who actually listened to the call know the truth was that Dale’s refusal to actually address the arguments made continuing the call pointless.

  12. Zengaze says

    If you joined fox we’d have to listen to more of the type of caller you got on Sunday. I seriously thought he had to be a POE, but the longer he carried on I realised that no, he was actually genuine, and that was astonishing. It struck me that no POE would have or could have pulled of so astoundingly the lost in space routine. People like that really do exist! The human race is fucked.

  13. says

    Hahaha, if you’re referring to me, I wasn’t trying to bring the joke down. Just didn’t get the hidden message of the circular links and found it slightly weird that everyone had decided the same joke was funny. Now that it’s been pointed out, I’m sufficiently chastened and get it.

  14. Zengaze says

    I’ve just checked out a few of this guys YouTube videos, an he has to be the ultimate POE. My guess is he is laying the foundations for a career in standup, nobody can be that much of a moron, it just isn’t possible.

  15. Muzz says

    Oh no, I’m talking about the long-winded caller on the show (we don’t talk about the show on the blog anymore, apparently. They are non-overlapping magisteria).
    Fear not.

  16. says

    There are Poes and trolls out there, sure. But never get the idea into your head that nobody could be so stupid as to believe the stupidest stuff ever. There are several centuries of human history to disprove that notion.

  17. Zengaze says

    Yeah I get people believe stupid stuff, but this guy produces the most easily dismissed questions as the challenge, and not only that he produces a series of them. To me if you raise a question, it means that you must first have considered the question, and either cannot find an answer from your own critical thought processes, need the fog removed by someone who has thought through/ studied the question, or consider the question to point to something demonstrably true.

    In dales case I think I would say he was using the questions to point to something demonstrably true, but he forgot the demonstrably part. It’s as if the series was setup to be knocked down. Now I know the argument about poes, and how there are people out there who need these questions posed and knocked down, in order to help them break from bad thinking, but I also feel that there is something rotten about poes, especially since the hosts are giving their free time in the expectation of talking to genuine people. It’s dishonest and insulting. I doubt anything can be done about them except for when they are discovered for sceptics to demonstrate their disapproval.

    I posed the question to Matt on twitter, Poe or not, and I would urge all to take a look at this guys other videos and Come to their own conclusions.

  18. Cynthia says

    I got on FTB and started running around the posts, clicking on every link. That was the most fun I’ve read in ages! And the reasons for leaving were perfectly absurd.

    So much fun! Please keep pulling pranks like this, it was great. It was the best April Fool’s joke I’ve seen since…ever!


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