"You can't explain that"

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I doubt that it has the staying power of lolcats, but for the moment, people are having a lot of fun mocking Bill O'Reilly's puzzling argument for the existence of God:

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I'll tell you why it's not a scam, in my opinion. Right?
Tides goes in, tide goes out, never a miscommunication.
YOU can't explain that.

Robert Quigley at geekosystem has large selection of examples ("Bill O’Reilly’s Tidal Skepticism Launches 'You Can’t Explain That' Meme", 2/10/2011).

Further theological arguments from Mr. O'Reilly are available here, courtesy of Stephen Colbert (O'Reilly segment starts around 2:30):


  1. Frances said,

    February 14, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I keep thinking, "Fucking Magnets, how do they work?'

    [(myl) Indeed. Now that I think of it, there are quite a few similarities between ICP and talk radio.]

  2. Pflaumbaum said,

    February 14, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    Richard Feynman answers the magnetism one brilliantly, though not without getting a bit pissed off at the question:


  3. Erik Zyman Carrasco said,

    February 14, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    What a garden path that image is. Because of the placement of the line break, I initially interpreted it as ‘Bread goes in toast, comes out’ (i.e., ‘Bread goes into the toast and comes out’), and briefly wondered whether toast for toaster was lolspeak or some weird metonymy—before I finally realized what was going on.

  4. Aristotle Pagaltzis said,

    February 14, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    The Youtube video is dead. This is the episode in question and the segment about O’Reilly starts at 2:30.

    [(myl) Thanks.]

  5. Adrian Bailey (UK) said,

    February 14, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    And for those of you outside the US: http://www.kilobitspersecond.com/2011/02/05/colbert-oreilly-and-god/

  6. Chris Travers said,

    February 14, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Second the garden path issue there. I read it as "Bread goes in toast, comes out Bill O'Reilly."

    You are right. I can't explain that…..

    It was not until reading the comments and the analysis that I figured out why I was reading it wrong.

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