1. Rob Curtis says

    I was reminded of the monty python skit where the allies translate the funniest joke ever to use on the Nazis.

  2. OverlappingMagisteria says

    I was hoping for a hidden joke written in extremely light off-white. But increasing the contrast only shows compression artifacts. I havevn’t been able to find the original cartoon… oh well…

  3. jackmann says

    No, no, you have to start with something as unfunny as possible, and then dilute it. I recommend the Babylon Bee.

  4. René says

    I’ll be as unfunny as the cartoon. “Potentiating” isn’t “reducing by 10%”.

    0.9^20 > 12%. (0.1^20 = 0.00000000000000000001)

  5. outis says

    @13: please Sir, it is no common, vulgar shaking, ’tis called succussion and it’s absolutely different. It transforms water in $$$, so it’s so much better. And classier. And so… profitable. Mmm.

  6. answersingenitals says

    I have a friend who resorted to homeopathy for a liver problem when nothing else seemed to work. It didn’t actually make him feel any better but the next week he received a bill for $1000 from the practitioner. He went to the bank and took out 10 $100 dollar bills. He changed one of the $100 dollar bills for 10 $10 dollar bills, then changed one of those for 10 $1 dollar bills, and changed one of those for 10 dimes, and changed one of those for 10 pennies, one of which he sent to the homeopather with a copy of the bill marked “Paid In Full”.

  7. Pierre Le Fou says

    René @9 , the real math of homeopathy is even worse than that.

    They use a dilution unit called a ‘C’, and each C means diluting to 1% of the previous concentration. And they typically sell stuff at 30 “C”…

    So basically 0.01 ^ 30 = 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 .

    (I think I counted the zeros properly there). At that level of dilution, starting with one liter of any solution, you get a new solution that has much less than 1% chance of even having a single molecule of what you started with.

  8. Jazzlet says

    outis, don’t forget the leather bible against which the succussion must be done!

  9. fergl says

    My sister once recommended homeopathy for my sinuses, her friend specialised in it…They’re both doctors. Eye roll!

  10. drivinganalytical says

    Don’t forget the instructions for making homeopathic explosive: start with nitroglycerin and proceed with succussion so very caref…

  11. DanDare says

    Apon the stair
    I met a man
    Who wasn’t there.
    He wasn’t there again
    I wish that man
    Would go away.