By Cory Doctorow at 12:20 pm Tue, Nov 13, 2012
They Might Be Giants have released a holiday bundle with lots of cool junk, but the best of the lot is this $15 cryptozoology playing-card deck.
They Might Be Giants’ Paranormal, Cryptid, Myths and Hoaxes playing cards
(via Crazy Abalone)
Oh, they most certainly ARE giants.
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I thought cryptozoology was *intended* to be a branch of zoology specializing in rumored but as-yet-unconfirmed animals, reasonable hypotheses about them, and reasonable search strategies for them.
I don’t see where the paranormal fits into that.
If you followed They Might Be Giants very pro-science agenda, you would understand that this is very tongue-in-cheek and going after the popular concept of cryptozoology (like the bigfoot and ghost hunting tv shows) rather than the actual scientific form (which is more often about new sub-species of birds or insects.)
They Might Be Giants never called it cryptozoology. Their name for the cards is “Paranormal, Cryptid, Myths and Hoaxes.”
That’s kind of a meaningless distinction, because “cryptid” and “cryptozoology” have the same root term. But I agree that it is entirely tongue in cheek — the Johns are not supporters of pseudoscience.
Where is it that this pack is being sold for $15? I want one, but I’d rather not get the whole bundle.
I think most of the items in the bundle (besides the replica promotional art prints) will be available separately once the bundle sale is over.
I remember their Discworld equivalent: “We’re Certainly Dwarves”.
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