Insane Clown Posse Dissed Scientists; Lab-Coated Geeks Strike Back

By Joseph Calamia | July 16, 2010 4:24 pm

In 2009, the hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse released the song “Miracles.” The song asks how certain things work: stars, rainbows, inherited genetic traits, magnets–and other stuff to “shock your eyelids.” The exact lyrics are a bit off-color for this blog, but the two singing clowns certainly ask some valid questions. Unfortunately, the song attributes these scientific happenings to “magic” noting, “I don’t wanna talk to a scientist.”


For members of the somewhat nontraditional science outreach group Nosebridge, that simply wouldn’t do. Surely, Insane Clown Posse fans–called juggalos–wanted to know the real answer to how a “[expletive] magnet” works! So earlier this summer, the Nosebridge crew brought their posters to a crowd of fans waiting to go into a concert. Surely those fans would be interested in understanding the science behind apparent miracles like magnetism.

The videos and other pictures, available on the blog Laughing Squid, show the real magic that unfolded that evening. The Nosebridge team reports that many juggalos were very receptive to learning, for example, why a solar eclipse happens, but eventually San Francisco police had to step in to make sure things didn’t get too physical.

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Image: flickr /michiexile

  • Idlewilde

    Maybe it is magic, and scientists, who know the how but not the why, are the magicians. First comment! Oh yeah!

  • Paul Hannah

    Every thing that is not understood is magic to the ignorant, that’s the point. A pocket calculator would be magic to Isaac Newton, binoculars magic to Plato. Only when you realise that there is no why only a how can you be free from this superstition that cripples you.

  • Adexterc

    There are only three questions you can ask: What happened; how did it happen; and why did it happen? Science is really good at answering some of the first two, and does not recognize the existence of the third. But most of the really, really important questions are “whys?”. Why war? Why genocide? Why love? Why Hitler? Why Schweitzer? Science will never answer those questions, but ignoring their existence is truly crippling.

  • aki

    Isn’t there some quote along the lines of . . .any thoroughly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic?

  • Brian Too

    @4. aki,

    That was Arthur C. Clarke. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

    I liked that the Insane Clown Posse posed the question. I loved that Nosebridge cared enough to answer it! Even if ICP (perhaps rhetorically) tried preemptively to avoid a literal answer. I guess the juggalos prevailed on that matter.

  • scienceteach

    yal the reason tilla taquilla got beat up the science on that fact..


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