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Deceived Wisdom: Why What You Thought Was Right Is Wrong
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A lot of the questions are so bland:
"Does chlorine sting your eyes?"
"Are bad habits the same as addiction?"
"Are some forms of fire-retardant asbestos safe?"
"Don't apple macs get viruses?"
For other questions the answer is so obvious:
"Do mixing higher and lower case letters with numbers make a good password?"
"Can you travel into another dimension through a black hole?"
"Does your brain shut down when you sleep?"
"Will your mobile phone fry your brain?"
"Will slapping someone destroy 10,000 brain cells?"
Half of the space given to the 'answer' is just filler explaining the question, even on the most basic ones, such as "Will licking the bowl give you worms?" Here are the first two sentences from the answer to that question, if you're curious (p.20):
"Cake-makers are often inefficient in scooping out all of the sticky mixture of flour sugar, and eggs from the bowl. This gives anyone hanging around the kitchen the chance to dip their finger into the bowl for a sweet and gloopy taster before the washing-up gets done."
Real page-turner, right? He doesn't get to the answer until halfway through. By the way, his source for the answer to that question is themangotimes.com, which, according its own description, is the "Personal website and blog for Andy Fletcher. Dentist, Homeschool Dad, Jimmy Buffett, Mango". I'm not kidding.
Other sources he uses include:
blog.sciencegeekgirl.Read more ›
Well worth the read