It is time to stop quivering in our boots in pointless fear of the future and just roll up our sleeves and build it.
- Ray Pierrehumbert

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Swag

A minor but (perhaps sadly) amusing point regarding the Beeville hoax story.

Here are closeups of the stuff Julisa got along with the infamous letter, clipped from the photo taken by (and kindly provided to Irene by) Sarah Taylor of the Bee-Picayune.




This all explains the two logos on the letter. Apparently the perpetrator could not come up with a high resolution NSF logo for the trophies, and resorted to clip art that says "SCIENCE" on it. (The objects designated on the pedestal are obviously a telescope, a microscope, and, um, a corn dog.) So for consistency, the clip art logo appeared on the letterhead.




Update: It didn't take long for somebody to find the original. (h/t JM) Here's a similar item available in single quantity. Here's what appears to be the logo itself:




Update 6/19: Links to Beeville stories by myself and others here

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