What started as a simple debate at a skeptic's brunch quickly escalated into a brawl.
According to eyewitnesses, an unidentified man angrily denounced a photo allegedly showing skeptic Rebecca Watson with her boyfriend.
"I was just enjoying brunch with my skeptic friends." Said Paul from Bolingbrook. "We were in the middle of debunking Bigfoot, when this guy stood up and said that he denied the existence of Rebecca's boyfriend. Dude, I just wanted to debunk Bigfoot while eating pancakes."
The man claimed that an alleged picture of the couple is a fake. He said the camera was held at an impossible angle. Additionally, the area where their faces allegedly touched was not sufficiently indented. Plus the picture was taken in New York, even though Watson lives in Boston. To him, it added up to proof that the photo was a fake.
"I told him that he sounded like a 9/11 Truther." Said Dale from Westmont. "He just kept repeating the same allegations. It was like arguing with a machine."
When a skeptic pointed that her boyfriend appeared on The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast, the man countered that it was really just Watson's digitally altered voice.
At that point, David Tompkinson, from Aurora, stood up and said, "Even if Rebecca is single, she still won't go out with you! You're too old for her!" The man lunged at Tompkinson and the place erupted into a brawl.
The police eventually arrived to break up the brawl. Ten were arrested, including the man who started it. All were eventually released on bond.
"The meetings are usually pretty peaceful." Said Dale. "But I guess this guy was really out of it. He must have been one of those guys that propose to Rebecca whenever she makes a public appearance."
When asked to comment, Jay Novella, a Skeptics Guide to the Universe panelist, replied "No I will not comment, and no we will not feature The Bolingbrook Babbler in one of our podcasts!"
(Note: The Babbler was asked to remove the picture of Rebecca and her alleged boyfriend.)
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