The Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon award is one of the least sought-after credits in the Skeptical world … or any world, for that matter.
It has been awarded every year since 1982* and it recognises the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle.
Luminaries who have been past winners include Paleo Pete Evans, Larry Marshall (head of CSIRO), RMIT, Judy Wilyman and the University of Wollongong, Meryl Dorey and the AVN (aka AVSN, and now the AVRN), the pharmacists of Australia, and a psychic dentist.
Nominations come from the public, and this year we have received nominations for:
• The Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Australian Government for their list of ‘permissible indications’ – how to create a list of the most ridiculous medical conditions (inhibited water, anyone?);
• Sarah Stevenson for her Sarah’s Day podcast in which she claims to have cured a precancerous condition with a plethora of supplements, a dose of prayer, and her naturopath’s seal of approval;.
• Quobba Thruster fins for surfboards – where the design will pull you through the water, defying all the rules of physics.
We would love to hear of any other noteworthy candidates. If you would like to put someone forward for this non-prestigious award, then go to the Bent Spoon page for more info on how to enter, details on the current nominees and a list of past winners.
The winner of the 2018 Bent Spoon will be announced at Skepticon, the Australian Skeptics National Convention in Sydney, October 13-14.
Nominations close in early October.
*With the exception of 1988, the year when nothing happened.