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Why Gwyneth Paltrow and Other Celebrities Shouldn’t Be Your Source for Science

This past weekend, many people held “march for science” demonstrations and gatherings across the country to protest…well, something, though it was hard to know exactly what. Predictably, entertainers like Rosario Dawson, Peter Capaldi, Kate Walsh, Kerry Washington, Debra Messing, supermodel (and destroyer of Pepsi) Kendall Jenner, designer Kenneth Cole, and television personality Bill Nye, The … Continued

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Are Supermodels Experts in Everything?

In 1998, hotel chain Holiday Inn Express launched a popular marketing campaign that showed experts (surgeons, pilots, nuclear engineers, mathematics professors) completing tasks in their fields of expertise. As the commercial goes on, viewers learn these people aren’t experts at all, but just regular folks who–and here’s the punch line–happened to stay at a Holiday … Continued

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Pity Our Overconfident Celebrities

The Dunning-Kruger effect is defined as a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority. In other words, it’s when dumb as rocks folks think they’re brilliant. We all know people who suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect: spin instructors, mommy bloggers, anti-vaccination zealots, essential oil peddlers, people who shop at Whole Foods. Nearly … Continued

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Feminism’s Problems are Bigger Than One Bad Teacher

In the popular ‘80s movie The Goonies, the character Chunk is taken prisoner by the bank-robbing Fratelli gang, who are on the lam and hiding in an abandoned seaside restaurant. When Francis Fratelli (brilliantly played by Joe Pantoliano), the more sociopathic of the two Fratelli brothers, holds Chunk’s hand over a running blender’s blades and says, … Continued

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Tries to Kill the Tooth Fairy

It’s typical nowadays for people to take things way too seriously. That’s precisely what normally charming astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson did when he claimed that parents who promote traditional childhood fairytales, like the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus, are participating in a “hoax perpetuated by adults on children.” Sheesh. Take it down a couple light … Continued

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Everything’s Political—Even Your Food Choices

Last month, National Geographic declared, with the help of an exploitive picture of a pink-clad transgender child, that America is in the midst of a gender revolution. Everything, it seems, is now being looked at through the lens of gender, including our choices about what to eat. According to a recent article in the Washington … Continued

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Salad: The Silent Killer?

That’s it, folks. There’s nothing left to eat. With news this week that salad may be hazardous to your health, it’s clear we all need to stop eating altogether. Let’s face it, food is a killer. Americans have been hearing just that for decades, and yet life expectancy continues to rise while cancer rates go … Continued

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Western Feminists Discover New Tool of the Patriarchy: Salad!

Violence against women is spiking around the world. According to the BBC, last week, Taliban militants in the northwestern Badghis province of Afghanistan shot and killed a twenty-five-year-old woman who divorced her husband and then remarried. That same week, according to multiple news reports, a thirty-year-old woman was beheaded in a remote village in the … Continued

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USDA Demands Holiday Snacks (and Parents) Be Removed From Schools

Starting next year, bringing a dozen homemade cupcakes to your child’s classroom to celebrate his or her birthday will be tantamount to lighting up a cigarette on the blacktop. Candy canes and gingerbread men people will be verboten during the school’s Christmas party winter celebration. And this Spring, don’t expect any candy in the classroom; … Continued

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Ode to the Strip Mall

This Christmas season, I find I’m doing a lot more shopping at my local strip mall. Oddly, I’m enjoying it. Strip malls often get a bad rap. Most are thought of as cold, architecturally unpleasant outposts for life’s necessities—dry-cleaning, medications, a quick bite to eat, batteries, stationary, a haircut or a manicure, the odd gift … Continued

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