Skeptoid, if you’re not familiar with it, is a weekly podcast created and hosted by Brian Dunning which exists to debunk or offer otherwise more reasonable scientific explanations for the urban legends and pseudoscience bombarding the public through popular media. Skeptoid’s aim isn’t to be a complete buzzkill, but rather to encourage the general public to engage in more critical thinking, rather than sit back and absorb everything they’re being told without questioning it.
They already have a collection of t-shirts available for their fans, including the official Skeptoid logo, as well as a “just say no” series of shirts debunking specific pseudoscientific phenomena such as UFOs, poisonous foods and the anti-vaccination movement. In a move to expand their line of t-shirts, Skeptoid has opened a t-shirt design contest to the public. The designer of the winning shirt will receive $100 cash as well as an autographed Skeptoid book of their choice, a DVD, a custom recording by Brian Dunning and a selection of t-shirts. Three runners up will also receive a similar prize package sans the cash prize.
There are no restrictions on logo or font, but designers are encouraged to keep things simple in the color department, as Skeptoid wants to keep eventual production costs down on the winning t-shirts. The contest runs until May 20 and the winners will be picked by a self-described “boisterous, liquored-up committee.” Who said that skepticism can’t be fun?