"tinfoil hat brigade"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Feb 1 16:22:12 UTC 2006

On 2/1/06, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> FWIW, my first encounter with the phrase and concept "tinfoil hat" was
> within the past few years, possibly only since 2000.

sci.med, Nov 14 1991
Double blind tests are so tedious.  Why not try a magnet on one arm,
a copper bracelet on the other, a protective tin foil cap and a
garlic amulet around the neck.

sci.physics, Oct 8 1992
Larry "I wear this tin-foil hat to protect myself from N-rays" Hammer

sci.med, Dec 16 1992
>I recommend wearing a hat when you go out into the sun from now on.
Yes, and be sure to line it with tinfoil to keep out the cosmic rays.

sci.skeptic, Mar 10 1993
Hey, we've ALL got our own tin foil hats. If they aren't a filter for
"secret rays," they're a filter for perception, culture,  or taste.

--Ben Zimmer

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