Randi and the X-wing

By Phil Plait | August 16, 2010 11:59 am

Over on Randi’s site, they just posted this image of His Skepticalness and a familiar spaceship:


When I saw it, my first thought was, "I find your lack of faith… refreshing."

How would you caption this picture?

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Skepticism
MORE ABOUT: James Randi

Comments (80)

  1. NthDegree256

    “Well, I guess I owe Yoda a million bucks now.”

  2. mike burkhart

    I’ll only say ” may the force be with you” Look out I see stormtropers and Darth Vader behind you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. “Let me state up front that this is a trick.”

  4. ret3

    Woo or Woo not, there is no try.

  5. Please have your bearding pass and ID.

  6. Adrian Coles

    Hmmm. Size matters not young Plait!

  7. ToneDeF

    Obi-wan, what’s with the pleats?

  8. Neil Vickers

    “Crude matter are we… not these luminous beings.”

  9. Jim Shaver

    Bravo, ret3!

    “May the farce be with you.”

  10. cantech

    when you reach my age, look as good you will not.

  11. Bob

    “There is no Xwing behind me youngling….”

  12. Astronomynut

    “If you want me to believe in E.T. you have to show me proof! You know, a communication or something physical I can see and test.” … “Oh sure, an actual spaceship would work!”

  13. A couple of Obi-Wan quotes come to mind:
    “Your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them.”
    “Who’s the more foolish, the fool, or the fool who follows him?”

  14. Ahh, a skeptic you want to be?

  15. Brian Schlosser

    “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good skeptic at your side, kid”

  16. Richard D. Morey

    “When 900 years old YOU reach, look this good you will not.”

  17. DTSLW

    “Behind Mr. Randi is conclusive proof why talking to dead people why flying below the tree tops is dangerous.”

  18. Technogeek

    “Well, I guess I owe Yoda a million bucks now.”

    Yeah, I’m not even going to try to top that one.

  19. “If an X-Wing lands in a forest, does it make a sound?”

  20. Lol, Skepticism and Star Wars . . . two of my favorite things in the world that will never get me laid.

  21. “Well, I guess I owe Yoda a million bucks now.”
    I think number 1 has it.

  22. Photoshop it I did, yes!

  23. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    Nerds. I said I wanted to see some skeptical _stalwarts_!

  24. Beelzebud

    “So as you can see, I can stare at this thing all day long, and even if I stare at it for a thousand years, I’ll never get it to levitate using the powers of my mind!”

  25. “Based on the video ‘evidence’ presented, the JREF invites Master Yoda to apply for it’s $1M prize”.

    Alternatively, “It’s a TRICK!”

  26. Jeroen

    “Now, young Luke, it’s time to give me back my cloak”

  27. “Who landed this thing with the S-foils locked open?! Damn kids!”

  28. “I don’t expect that the million will ever be won, simply because there is no confirming evidence for any paranormal claims to date.”

  29. Ginger Yellow

    “Homeopaths would have you believe that if you dilute midichlorians down so much so that there isn’t a single organism left in the mixture, the patient becomes more powerful than you could possibly imagine. Well, earlier I took an overdose of homeopathic midichlorians. If homeopathy were true, that X-wing should be zooming all over the place and not stuck in the swamp.”

  30. Richard

    “Mystics claim they can read the future – skeptics will get us there, just give us a couple of years”

    Then I would switch the picture to Virgin galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Mostly because I don’t like Star Wars all that much :/

    Ah, for that one picture:
    “Where no man has gone before”


  31. mat s

    Its the sceptic that made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs!

  32. Martha

    ‘If the ship is real and Geller is the pilot am I out two million bucks?”

  33. Mike

    “Dammit, where the HELL did I leave my keys?”

  34. Mark Hansen

    Luke finally returns to Dagobah to finish his training.

  35. “Yoda, 2010”


  36. @jcm

    Thanks for the URL. Penn & teller B*llsh*t rocks. I LOVE this show.

  37. QuietDesperation

    “It’s right behind me, isn’t it?”

  38. Thomas Siefert

    I wish George Lucas would stop messing around with the old Star Wars films.

  39. Kirk

    Assuming this is not some sort of electronic trickery, the proper thing to say would be “Where is it because I want my picture by it also!”

  40. “At long last, the mother ship returned for James Randi. Now he can get the hell out of this crazy place.”

  41. LSandman24

    “This? This is nothing. I used to bulls-eye womprats in my T-16 back home.”

  42. Yeti, I am your father.

    This is not the woo that you seek.


  43. Wayne on the plains

    This picture is cool, but it bothers me how implausibly close the X-wing is to the tree trunks. That, and the S-foils being open and the lack of landing gear… but other than that, awesome.

  44. TravisM

    @3 Shouldn’t that be:

    “Let me state up front that this is a MIND trick.”

  45. Jamey

    “Ok, Mr. Yoda – now let’s see you do this under controlled laboratory conditions.”


    “But you haven’t done anything I can’t do. So I’m not buying your ‘force’ mumbo-jumbo.”

    though, occasionally I feel somewhat cynically:

    “No, I didn’t see it floating. It’s impossible, therefore I didn’t see it happen.”

  46. He’s going to fly to the Death Star and give Darth Vader the 1 million dollar prize IF he can prove he can actually force choke you.

  47. alfaniner

    “Woos — Bring ’em on! I prefer a straight fight to all this sneaking around!”

  48. “Wars do not make one Amazing.”

  49. Simple….Yoda grows up! ;o)

  50. Steve J

    Let’s see Geller bend this.

  51. Jeremy C

    “No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.”

  52. Messier Tidy Upper

    Thinking Star Wars this article may be of interest here :


    The fact that toy sales were a big consideration may not be such a surprise but the possible plot twist that we didn’t get is! 😉

    BTW. Great captions here – my fave would have to be Jeremy C (#52), (#47) Lewis & (#1) NthDegree256. :-)

  53. Daanyaal

    “How did this get past SETI?” BTW Phil, great job drumming at the Rock Band event on Friday 😀

  54. When you 900 you look as good.

  55. Samuel L.

    “We’re not out of the woods yet, thanks to the course padawan Plait has plotted in.”

  56. tm

    “This is not the X-wing you’re looking for…” (misdirection)

  57. ggremlin

    This is what happens when you fly in from a galaxy far, far, fay away…

  58. Gary

    Caption: “The empiricist strikes back!”

  59. Matt

    Scientists showed this picture to 1000 skeptics and not one of them could see the spaceship.

  60. Kees

    “Skeptic leader, standing by.”

    also, this is relevant:


  61. ~~PaulB

    Okay, Yoda. Try it now I’ve cut those wires… Oh, you didn’t think I’d notice them? Tusk, tusk.

  62. Nigel Depledge

    #1 “Look I so old to young eyes?” (with apologies to Randi)

    #2 “Judge me by my size do you? No. And well you do not, for Scepticism is my ally.”

    #3 “The Endor Landing was an obvious hoax: there’s not even space to fit an X-wing between these trees! See how they fooled the world by buying my new DVD – The Forest-Moon Hoax.”

    #4 “Who are you, who are so wise in the ways of science?”

    #5 “No, Luke. I am your father.”

  63. Brian the Coyote

    “Race your Mark VII Viper for pinks? YOU’RE ON!!!!”

  64. rob

    “it’s only a model.”

  65. “Could we get this damn photo session over with? I gotta meet Zefram Cochrane for happy hour in fifteen minutes.”

  66. “Forrest J. Ackerman had three of these in his basement, all cherry.”

  67. alfaniner

    “Ewoks, I AM your father!”

    (can’t believe no one has made an Ewok joke yet…)

  68. MoonShark

    Fine, alfaniner. This is shot after Master Randi freed us from the lame mind tricks of Sylvia the Hutt and Darth Geller.
    “Yub nub, eee chop yub nub;
    Ah toe meet toe peechee keene,
    G’noop dock fling oh ah.”

  69. Father Leon

    “So, how do you like my latest Swampgas Edition?”

    “Hokey, which one of you smart***es has put a pink unicorn in my hangar?”

  70. “For my next trick, here’s my version of David Copperfield’s Vanishing Statue of Liberty Illusion…”

  71. Lee Woodmansee

    My X-wing has been here so long, trees have grown up around it.

  72. “We may disagree with Randi on certain points, but we ignore his ability to levitate an X-Wing Fighter at our peril.”

    — C. Sagan

  73. Bob in Easton

    get off my lawn…

  74. With your kind indulgence, one last bad joke…

    “I was going to perform a card trick, but it appears I’ve forgotten to bring my Svengali Deck.”

  75. “Hey, US Supreme Court …

    “Legalize it …


    Or …

    … “Don’t Look at me, My PARTNER is The One with The Itchy Trigger-Finger!”

  76. Brian the Coyote

    (Check out his hands in his pockets)

    “Has anyone seen the damn keys for this thing?”

  77. NickRobo

    Probably avoiding someone putting his car on blocks. He must have black neighbors.

  78. As I said on Twitter the other day, “when 82 years of age you reach, look as good you will not”

  79. jrpowell

    “That belongs in a museum!”

    Oops, wrong movie reference…


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