What is it?
The Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAHFest) is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect scientific theories. Six speakers take the stage and present their theories to an illustrious panel of judges in front of a packed house.
BAHFest has celebrated terrible ideas for four years on three continents.
Sarah Hird – Why do Mammals Sleep?
Matt Inman – Jibbers Crabst
Tomer Ullman – The Crying Game
BAHFest is the brainchild of sometimes artist, always curmudgeon Zach Weinersmith, the auteur behind SMBC Comics. Inspired by a comic, BAHFest started as a live event in 2013 at MIT. There have been 8 successful, sold out BAHFest shows from London to San Francisco.
The First Hypothesis
The idea for the festival originated in a popular cartoon that Weinersmith drew, depicting a scientist presenting the argument that babies are shaped like footballs so that they can be punted over mountains and thereby share hereditary material with more genetically-distinct populations living in nearby villages. On a whim, he polled his Facebook fans to see if anyone might be interested in attending an event in which he turned this comic into a pseudo-serious academic talk. Zach is still surprised thousands of people attend this dorky show.