A splendid, heart-felt rant on the idiocy of pet psychics.

The Skeptic Detective

Yesterday afternoon I almost phoned a talk radio station to hurl insults at someone. As I got into my car to head home after a long day, I heard an interview of a woman named Jenny Shone who claims to be a pet psychic. That is, she alleges that she can communicate telepathically with animals.

Normally, the Jenny Crwys-Williams show (weekdays from 1pm to 4pm on 702 – a Johannesburg radio station) is dominated by Jenny’s rational, intelligent, personality but yesterday she was not hosting the show, and the task fell to Leigh Bennie. Leigh injected her own dose of credulous brainlessness by lapping up every word that spilled from the pet psychic’s mouth.

Jenny Shone was taking calls from the general public and dispensing animal handling advice based on the stories she was being told. I’m only going to give a few examples here, I’m sure you’ll get…

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