There were several surprises at the climate change conference I attended in New York. The seriously interesting scientific presentation by Roy Spencer contrasted with the belated revelation that the Discovery Institute , reincarnated as " a think tank that promotes free market ideas" , cosponsored the event. Organizers told the media it was convened to refute the contention of Jim Martin of the Colorado department of the Environment, that :
“You could have a convention of all the scientists who dispute climate change in a relatively small phone booth.”
Seeing the conference banquet crowd had filled a hotel ballroom, Heartland Institute chairman Jim Bast crowed:
" Hey Jim Martin, does this look like a phone booth to you?"
But when all scientists attending were asked to step forward for a group photo, 19 scientists appeared in it, reports The New York Times.
The Guinness record for stuffing a phone booth is 22.
Since I didn't count myself, I have to concede there were more than in the picture, but my own twenty something guess is based on the ~100 presenters, mostly pundits and economists , not the audience.