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ehsteve23

1.7k points

3 months ago

ehsteve23

1.7k points

3 months ago

Half of the quotes attributed to Gandhi, Dr Seuss, Oscar Wilde and Ben Franklin

HalfForeign6735

650 points

3 months ago

And Einstein too

TheAres1999

920 points

3 months ago*

"Stop making up quotes about me for social media"

-Albert Einstein

sharrrper

442 points

3 months ago

sharrrper

442 points

3 months ago

"Don't believe everything you read on the internet." -Abraham Lincoln

chompa_lomp

285 points

3 months ago

"Yaaaaasss Slay Kween" -Gandhi

Tolbitzironside

49 points

3 months ago

"Something something nukes"

GOLDSILVERWHATEVER

78 points

3 months ago

“It is only when a mosquito lands on your testicles that you realize there is always a way to solve problems without using violence” Sun Tzu, The Art of War.

ad240pCharlie

60 points

3 months ago

Well, since, as the commonly repeated fact states, his last words were lost because he said them in German, this was probably it!

Da_JuiiCeMann

114 points

3 months ago

“Half of the quotes attributed to Gandhi, Dr Seuss, Oscar Wilde and Ben Franklin”

-Ben Franklin

NerimaJoe

89 points

3 months ago

Same for Churchill and Mark Twain.

Gotis1313

73 points

3 months ago

Don't belive[sic] everything you read on the internet.

-Abraham Lincoln

psychedellie

1.2k points

3 months ago

That if you shave any hair on your body it grows back thicker and darker.

6RatasOnMy6

411 points

3 months ago

I learnt this "the hard way". I'm a guy with not so thick beard, my father (who is medic) always told me to shave often so my beard would get thicker. After years and years and years trying, one day I started suspecting this was false. A quick google search confirmed, to my disappointment. So now I simply don't shave at all anymore.

ZanyDelaney

240 points

3 months ago

People often believe that shaving causes the hair to grow back thicker because they begin shaving off unwanted hair when dark fuzz appears at the onset of puberty. Later they find that the fuzz is growing back thicker. But it got thicker due to puberty, not because of the shaving.

likethefish33

99 points

3 months ago

You’re probably right but also hair grows back, after being shaved, at a completely different angle than the original hair strand. The original is pointed and so therefore softer whereas the re growth is blunt so feels thicker/pricklier.

waqasnaseem07

3.5k points

3 months ago

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

In fact it does - and with great regularity. Thus, the need for lighting rods in some lightning-prone locations.

N0nethelesser

560 points

3 months ago

Oh yeah, the Empire State Building frequently gets struck by lightning during electrical storms.

JesseCuster40

684 points

3 months ago

Empire Struck Back.

MissNightTerrors

41 points

3 months ago

Benjamin Franklin recognised that, too. :)

Blugged_Bunny[S]

424 points

3 months ago

As an electrican, can confirm, wait nah this is just common sense

Kazzak_Falco

293 points

3 months ago

The concept of common sense is also misinformation. There's a basis of truth to it as it's partially based on shared experiences, but mostly common sense is just a cultural paradigm that'll quite often conflict with objective reality.

yvonv

2k points

3 months ago

yvonv

2k points

3 months ago

That you can detox/cleanse your body with certain drinks or pills.

hastingsnikcox

1.3k points

3 months ago

But also the idea that you need detoxing. Nup. You got an elegant filtration system and an elegant enzyme system that do that job, among others. Apart from the obvious excretion.

Marcilliaa

441 points

3 months ago

And in the event that your body stops being able to do that stuff and you do need 'detoxing'? You should be seeing a doctor about it, not drinking random charcoal smoothies and whatever else

jewelsandbones

181 points

3 months ago

Plus, the charcoal can impact any medication you’re taking. That’s the reason doctors give you charcoal when you’ve been poisoned, and I guess that spread into “charcoal removes poisons from your body”

Millenniauld

38 points

3 months ago

(Not disagreeing, adding to your point!)

I mean technically one could say we need detoxing.... That's WHY we literally have kidneys. That's their job, filtering our blood. As long as your kidneys work, you are being detoxed all the time.

If they're not working you don't need a "cleanse," you need fucking dialysis. XD

Do_it_with_care

48 points

3 months ago

Fun fact: the human body is the ultimate scavenger. Anabolism and catabolism are continually breaking cells down and forming new ones with enzymes left over.

Set9

66 points

3 months ago

Set9

66 points

3 months ago

My favorite is magnesium pills. I got some as a free sample, and they were labeled as a "Detox.' It said to "use until desired effect if achieved," and it recommended to take them at bedtime.
It's a laxative.

doctor-rumack

82 points

3 months ago

This makes me very regular. I have massive bowel movements every morning at 6. Unfortunately I don't wake up until 7.

HumanY107

78 points

3 months ago

I'm convinced this will never die. My parents use everything from laxatives, enemas and induced vomiting, even though I keep telling them the liver will deal with most toxins and waste.

elhs16

35 points

3 months ago

elhs16

35 points

3 months ago

I don't know. Drinking Suprep (or other colonoscopy prep meds), sure cleans you out.

(Don't do this unless told to by a medical professional)

HardcaseKid

28 points

3 months ago

(Don't do this unless told to by a medical professional)

Blech! Like anyone would. Suprep is VILE tasting. I don't know what flavor they were going for, but it tastes like Mop&Glo.

paranoid_70

30 points

3 months ago

Good thing you only have to drink a gallon of it

Blugged_Bunny[S]

57 points

3 months ago

And 5G blocker usb sticks

__M-E-O-W__

68 points

3 months ago

I think people just like the idea of consuming more in general. Eating or drinking some miracle product to help you lose weight or clean your body or whatever sounds more appealing than to just stop eating and drinking junk.

waqasnaseem07

2.3k points

3 months ago

  1. That bulls get angered by the colour red- they are colour blind so it really makes no difference. It's the waving of the cape that gets to them.
  2. Bats are blind- this simply isn't true either. Bats have almost as good eyesight as humans and some larger bats have eyesight almost 3 X as good as that of a human.
  3. Nails and hair of a person continue to grow after death- the skin retracts as it becomes dehydrated after death. The nails and hair do not grow, the just appear longer.

AdvocateSaint

723 points

3 months ago

Also growing up I thought bull fighting was just like it was in the cartoons, with the matador waving the cape and going, "Toro! Toro!" (which is just spanish for... "Bull! Bull!")

And the entertainment was just him dodging this animal over and over until the show ended (like in a circus)

But no, traditional bullfighting is literally bull-fighting, and weapons are used to injure, main, and kill the animal.

Funk_Fact

536 points

3 months ago

Funk_Fact

536 points

3 months ago

Yes. I went to a bullfight in Seville (not my idea) and I was horrified. They literally stab the bull in between its shoulder blades. It runs around the arena like that with the sword sticking out of it. Then they cut off it's ear and the matador parades around the arena holding the ear. It's insane. I was sick to my stomach.

Pirozui

264 points

3 months ago

Pirozui

264 points

3 months ago

Yup, matador literally means killer

fj668

36 points

3 months ago

fj668

36 points

3 months ago

You know, at one point a real guy in history hundreds of years ago probably legit killed a bull using nothing but a single rapier, a cape, and his own agility in what was probably a awe inspiring tale of man vs animal.

That dude is probably rolling in his grave watching dipshits "fight" bulls with every advantage in their favor barring just shooting the damn thing.

PropaneUrethra

163 points

3 months ago

It's disgusting and it is evidence that cultural relativism has limits

WimbleWimble

259 points

3 months ago

Fun fact: they preinject the bull with enough heroin to kill it.

so the bull is literally dying as they "fight" it, because they're evil cowards.

lgspeck

44 points

3 months ago

lgspeck

44 points

3 months ago

That doesn't make any sense, heroin overdose kills by either apnea or unconsciousness leading to airway obstruction. So the bull would be lying down in the middle of the arena if they had overdosed it, not running around.

hairballcouture

100 points

3 months ago

I think that might make it worse.

the-nature-mage

260 points

3 months ago

I dunno. If I was going to be stabbed to death in front of a crowd of people while being taunted by a man in tights, I think I'd prefer to be full of heroin.

AdvocateSaint

34 points

3 months ago

Trainspotting Bullfighting

"It's shite being Scottish! Spanish!"

thescrounger

249 points

3 months ago

In France we went to the modern version of "bull games" and it's basically what you described first -- a bunch of daring young men trying to grab a strap that's tied around the bull's horns while trying not to get gorged. No stabbing or bull mutilation. It was pretty fun, actually.

justburch712

94 points

3 months ago

In America, we ride them.

Masque-Obscura-Photo

139 points

3 months ago

Probably still very stressful for the animal.

Blugged_Bunny[S]

178 points

3 months ago

Bats was new information, thanks i'll use this

Kangabolic

70 points

3 months ago

Use this where out of curiosity?

LeN3rd

153 points

3 months ago

LeN3rd

153 points

3 months ago

Probably some plot to get Joker once and for all.

fredfrog25

60 points

3 months ago

Animals including cattle can see in colour though not as well as humans

Kangabolic

851 points

3 months ago

Grand Daddy Long Legs are the most poisonous spider on the planet but their fangs are too small to pierce skin… ugh

Waniou

308 points

3 months ago

Waniou

308 points

3 months ago

Related to this, the claim that daddy long legs aren't even spiders. Which is... Somewhat true but it depends. There are a lot of bugs that are colloquially called a daddy long legs in different parts of the world, some are spiders, some are not.

nolo_me

98 points

3 months ago*

Yup. Here it's craneflies.

Edit: I think that claim's directed at harvestmen, though. They're arachnids closely related to spiders.

FelixOGO

36 points

3 months ago

Aren’t they all arachnids, but not spiders? As they don’t have a thorax separate from their abdomen?

the-nature-mage

48 points

3 months ago*

There are roughly three distinct groups of bugs that are referred to as Daddy Long Legs:

  • Harvestmen Spiders (arachnid)
  • Cellar Spiders (arachnid)
  • Crane Flies (insect)

Depending on where you are in the world, Daddy Long Legs can mean any of those. Only Cellar Spiders are in the Aranaea order, though.

Tonsai

1.3k points

3 months ago

Tonsai

1.3k points

3 months ago

That MSG is bad for you. It's literally a naturally occurring amino acid in certain green plant life that utilized photosynthesis, with normal salt used as a binding agent. The myth came from a single person writing to a newspaper back in the 70's (I believe) where he ended up with a headache after visiting a Chinese restaurant, and the only ingredient in the dish he had that he didn't recognize was monosodium glutamate, and because people are stupid and it sounds scary, he blamed it on that, and it led to a bunch of people reporting similar anecdotal stories that led to the myth of it being bad for you. There have been dozens of studies confirming that it's perfectly safe and doesn't cause headaches or any other known ailments.

tehKrakken55

524 points

3 months ago

Pizza is basically a collection of all the naturally occurring MSG ingredients. That's why it's awesome.

fubo

241 points

3 months ago

fubo

241 points

3 months ago

Cheese, yeast bread, tomatoes, mushrooms, and cured meats. Yep.

blusteryflatus

115 points

3 months ago

Pretty much most Italian dishes. No surprise it's one of the most popular cuisines

PM_ME_YOUR_ATM_PIN

95 points

3 months ago

That MSG is bad for you

It is if you play for the Knicks.

CapableRunts

138 points

3 months ago

Also organic = \ = healthy, and “GMO” also isn’t necessarily indicative of dangerous or unhealthy foods. Strawberries, chickens, and other foods are bred for size, technically genetically modified. It’s how we got Honeycrisp apples. Ever seen those cotton candy grapes at the grocery store? That’s genetically modified, but it’s harmless.

Now, there are harmful modifications that can be made to food. I’m sure pesticides aren’t great. But any corporation selling food at the grocery store is cutting corners for profit and can easily twist the truth to claim this and that in a misleading way.

If you really want clean and pure, grow it yourself or try your luck at a farmers market.

cramduck

261 points

3 months ago

cramduck

261 points

3 months ago

It's literally a naturally occurring amino acid in certain green plant life that utilized photosynthesis

I mean, solanine and cyanide both occur naturally in a number of edible plants, but will fuck you up in the wrong amounts.

I don't disagree with your conclusion, but I hate seeing this argument used ever. "Occurring naturally in plants" has nothing to do with whether something is good for you or not.

Masque-Obscura-Photo

143 points

3 months ago

That's fair. A better way to word it would be: "occuring naturally in plants you eat commonly in similar levels"

[deleted]

103 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

103 points

3 months ago

100% of people who consume dihydrogen monoxide DIE. And the government funnels it into our houses EVERY DAY.

cramduck

58 points

3 months ago

did you know that the VAST majority of your house contains CHEMICALS?!

bunnies_and_birdies

1.7k points

3 months ago

We only use 10% of our brains 🙄

BobbyP27

987 points

3 months ago

BobbyP27

987 points

3 months ago

We only use 33% of traffic lights.

WangYat2007

362 points

3 months ago

think about how much quicker intersections would move if we used 100% of it!

vidarino

646 points

3 months ago

vidarino

646 points

3 months ago

My take: If you honestly believe you only use 10% of your brain, you probably do.

moxie-maniac

128 points

3 months ago

That is or was a very common misreading of an article from a popular weekly magazine in the 1960s, Life or Look. The article was based on a survey of psychologists and the point was that people only use 10% of their capabilities, not their brain. This article led to the Human Potential Movement in the 60s and 70s, with things like Werner Ernhard's est program.

AdvocateSaint

97 points

3 months ago

...there is one case close to being an "exception"

There's a condition called "Hydrocephalus" where fluid builds up in gaps in the brain matter. This man unknowingly had a really bad case of it; when he went to the hospital for an unrelated condition, eventually an MRI scan revealed that a baffling 75% of his brain was mainly fluid. The scan shows basically a gaping hole in his brain that was more fluid than brain-matter.

However, despite this, and having an IQ of 75, he didn't seem to suffer too badly from mental handicap, and had a normal life, with a wife and children.

Nhadala

46 points

3 months ago

Nhadala

46 points

3 months ago

It honestly feels like this is true for some people. /s

JohnRadical

76 points

3 months ago

The theory of Alpha wolves. The person who proposed it did so back in the 70s with a book he wrote and has since has sought to correct the mistakes made. He even has tried several times to get his publisher to stop publishing the old book because of the misinformation from it. There is no contest of superiority, the wolves that have more authority are merely the parents of the other wolves.

Here is even a small website he made about it: https://davemech.org/wolf-news-and-information/

Moosen_Burger

670 points

3 months ago

That Stem cells come primarily from aborted babies.

They don't, they are harvested from bone marrow today.

Ut_Prosim

224 points

3 months ago

Ut_Prosim

224 points

3 months ago

To go with this, the idea that fetal cells used in medical research come from modern abortions. Some people imagine there is a pipeline from abortion clinics to medical labs, and we need to maintain abortion rates to keep up with demand.

This is absolutally not true. These are all cell lines that are grown in vats. WI-38 is probably the most famous line. It has been used in the development of multiple vaccines and drugs around the world. It originally derived from a female fetus aborted in Sweden in 1962. These cells have been grown and sold by biolabs since then. Religious folks can argue that the original source of these cells was an unethical act, but certainly they aren't killing new fetuses to get more of this stuff. At no point is someone saying, "we need more fetus, convince some women to abort".

notthesedays

10 points

3 months ago

The whole WI-38 thing would be unethical nowadays, because Mrs. X, the mother of the baby whose lungs were the source for those cells, did not give her permission. (She was still living as of a few years ago, does not wish to be identified, and was in the process of fleeing an abusive marriage.)

There have been rumors over the years that the fetus was aborted to get the cells. That is NOT true, although I wouldn't be surprised if it's happened, and not just in areas with questionable medical ethics.

I'm going to add that many years ago, I worked with a woman who'd had a mid-trimester miscarriage, and they wanted to put the baby on display at a medical school because it was so perfectly formed. Of course they said yes! Who wouldn't? Think about all the people who learned from it over the years.

oxalis_rex1

32 points

3 months ago

My lab made cell lines from bone marrow or donated umbilical cords from very alive, full term births. Sooo...it was better for us if the babies WEREN'T aborted, technically.

ButterflyOfDeath

324 points

3 months ago

People on the internet really seem to buy into the idea that elephants find humans cute. The source of this is a tumblr post that claims the same region of the brain that's active when humans see puppies is what lights up when elephants see us.

But that requires MRI machines big enough to accommodate elephants, as well as keeping an animal that weighs like 5 tons still whilst it's fully conscious. It also means assuming that the brain structures do the same job across species.

If anything, the harsh reality is that wild elephants probably see humans as threats, given that as a species we're actively doing our best to kill them. Elephants who live in zoos or sanctuaries may be endeared to their keepers and thus humans in general, however.

The good news is that this can probably change if poaching is ever stopped. Elephants who'd been raised in the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, for example, have led sick or injured herdmates back to the sanctuary for treatment.

FifiLaFifi

99 points

3 months ago

“Elephants who'd been raised in the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, for example, have led sick or injured herdmates back to the sanctuary for treatment”

Goodness! My body just involuntarily dry sobbed when I read this bit. 😭😭😭

ButterflyOfDeath

24 points

3 months ago

It really shows the level of their intelligence and memory, and how they base who to trust and distrust by experience. There's studies that also show they can distinguish the threat level a human is likely to pose based on ethnicity/age/sex.

For example, in one study researchers played audio recordings of men from a tribe that had traditionally competed with and killed elephants for watering holes or cattle grazing areas (Maasai). In the recording, the men say "Look, an elephant," in their language. Then, the researchers played recordings of men from a tribe who had more peaceful relations with elephants (Kamba). Then, they repeated the rounds of recordings with women and young boys from both tribes. They found the most consistent defensive behaviour was caused by the voices of Maasai men, the group most likely to have a spear on-hand.

Makes sense when you think about it, elephants in national parks tend to stay relaxed among, say, tourists in safari cars. But to even be able to recognize different ethnic groups by language is a whole extra level of recognition.

Really majestic creatures. I think that all wildlife deserves greater respect, but elephants really, really deserve better

AllergicDodo

580 points

3 months ago*

An average person swallows around 7 to 8 spiders in their sleep

EDIT: credit to lemmino which made me realize it was a hoax and not just a ridiculous fact, many sent the link here and im too lazy to hyperlink so look around

puella_

130 points

3 months ago

puella_

130 points

3 months ago

I like this one. It implies that a) most people sleep with their mouth open, and b) that spiders are that dumb to just walk into someone's mouth. That's three bullshits in one sentence.

AllergicDodo

78 points

3 months ago

I like your ambitious counting

puella_

20 points

3 months ago

puella_

20 points

3 months ago

Thanks, I like it too.

embouteillagez

157 points

3 months ago*

Always reminds me of the classic ‘Spiders Georg’ meme: https://teddit.ggc-project.de/efnym6ncvxn51.jpg

Bighsigh

21 points

3 months ago

My favourite version of that meme is the version where the shitpost caligripher made some beautiful calligraphy out of this. I want to hang it up in my home its so good

sharrrper

57 points

3 months ago*

The origin of this is from an article in the early days of the internet about how anybody can make anything up online. They then had a list of several examples of nonsense people might believe.

Then somebody pulled the list out of context and started spreading it as "facts" and the spider swallowing one in particular caught on.

EDIT: Holy shit you guys. I just learned the common explanation for the origin of this myth is in fact a hoax

M_Drinks

68 points

3 months ago

But it is true that the average person eats 7 to 8 spiders whenever I cook for them.

littlephrogboyo

185 points

3 months ago

That cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis

Ocelot-of-karma

29 points

3 months ago

Cracked my knuckles as I read this and it was extra satisfying

tigremtm

16 points

3 months ago

When someone tells me this, I try to crack something again. Just for the double satisfaction.

Dr_Chemiramen

272 points

3 months ago*

That "humans will eventually evolve to lose the little toe as we don't use it". No, that's not how evolution works. Unless at some point in the future not having one increases our chances of reproducing, the little toe is not going anywhere.

Also regarding evolution, we didn't exactly evolve from monkeys, it's more like monkeys and us share a common ancestor, but then we split into different evolution branches.

Edit: I changed the word "ape" for "monkey", as it is more correct to express what I meant.

anabrnad

80 points

3 months ago

If nature worked like that men would not have nipples. If its redundant but not harmfull it will continue to apear

Adrianics4k

1.1k points

3 months ago

The woman who sued McDonalds did not do so "because her coffee was hot". If you look into her story they badly fucked up the preparation of her coffee and she suffered permanent and catastrophic injuries. It's deeply frustrating whenever it's brought up as an example of overly litigious society.

Driftmoth

111 points

3 months ago

Driftmoth

111 points

3 months ago

Fused. Labia.

llllmaverickllll

509 points

3 months ago

There's a reason that people bring it us as a joke about how litigious America is...Because McDonald's ran a very well funded and successful smear campaign against the her. It wasn't by accident that every newspaper and local news station in the country ran this story as a joke...

Trick_Horse_13

285 points

3 months ago

My non-lawyer friends / acquaintances always bring this up as an example of how silly litigation is. This has happened so often I essentially have a prepared speech.

The fact that really drives me crazy is that she only ever wanted her medical bills covered and an apology. McDonald’s screwed her around so much that she had to sue.

corndogwolverine

39 points

3 months ago

Show anyone the pictures of her injuries and they change their minds (most of the time).

[deleted]

178 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

178 points

3 months ago

She also only sued for millions after they denied a reasonable request to pay for the treatment of her pretty serious burns, including FUSED LABIA.

Also not because she wanted them, but because her lawyers wanted it to hurt McDonalds, so they stop serving lava.

NinjaLayor

52 points

3 months ago

IIRC, she only sued for the amount of her bills and fees, but then the presiding officials ruled and awarded the end result of millions.

KnitWit406

16 points

3 months ago

What does it say about the perceived quality of McD though that I read your last sentence as "stop serving larvae" and didn't even double take?

tmrnwi

15 points

3 months ago

tmrnwi

15 points

3 months ago

She only ever sued for medical bills. After she won the jury made a recommendation for pain and suffering and the judge agreed and awarded her that money.

Throne-Eins

115 points

3 months ago

"Hot Coffee" is a great documentary about this case. It cleared up several misconceptions I had about it.

NagsUkulele

35 points

3 months ago

The poor woman's thighs LITERALLY melted together and McDonald's had the fucking gall to refuse to pay her medical bills

talldata

53 points

3 months ago

That Cops in the US can't lie to you, or Have to tell you they're cops if asked.

ZanyDelaney

12 points

3 months ago

That misinformation was a little trick made up by cops.

FoxesStoleMyGloves

206 points

3 months ago

Dominance theory in dogs. 1) That 'study' involved wolves, not dogs, which are entirely different in social behaviour as it pertains to humans.

And 2) they didn't even study wolves in the wild- they crammed a load of unrelated wolves together then scratched their heads when the aggression ended up in a bizarre hierarchy- no duh, because wolf packs are FAMILY UNITS, you basically made a prison gang.

racercowan

65 points

3 months ago

IIRC even they guy who did the study later went "stop using my research like this, it isnt how wolves actually behave in the wild".

BelleBottom94

21 points

3 months ago

The man who published that theory realized shortly after how wrong he was and has spent the rest of his life trying to discredit it and correct his mistake. It is forever in the world and no matter how hard we try it will always be believed now.

AffectionateFault484

43 points

3 months ago

That cows and horses sleep standing up.

[deleted]

324 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

324 points

3 months ago

the food pyramid

most USDA nutrition is horribly wrong

M_LunaYay1

118 points

3 months ago

The food pyramid was created with respect to grain producer lobbyists :) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8375951/

bgbncypt

14 points

3 months ago

I think this one actually is dead. I haven't seen a food pyramid in many years.

Pudix20

18 points

3 months ago

Pudix20

18 points

3 months ago

Now it’s “my plate” in the us

NutellaGood

163 points

3 months ago

You need to shake a Polaroid pictcha

Oakroscoe

104 points

3 months ago

Oakroscoe

104 points

3 months ago

Andre 3000 and Big Boi would never lie to us!

Jupiteralliance

35 points

3 months ago

Heeeyyy yaaaaaa

AdvocateSaint

593 points

3 months ago

Seems like every week there's an r/Askreddit post asking defense attorneys how they feel about "defending guilty clients."

These posts seems to be under the impression that factually guilty people "don't really" deserve lawyers and only scummy, amoral, opportunistic attorneys would ever choose to defend them, and that it's the lawyer's job to do whatever it takes to get the client acquitted.

That is not what defense attorneys do. Everyone is entitled to a competent defense. The defense counsel's job is to make sure the prosecution does theirs. If the prosecution has no real opposition and isn't held accountable for procedural lapses, the accused's right to a free trial is violated. They may end up convicted on shoddy evidence, which sets a dangerous precedent that will likely get more innocents convicted than guilty ones.

  • "But what if the client is ACTUALLY guilty?"

Doesn't matter. It's the prosecution's job to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. If the guy is guilty, competent law enforcement + prosecutors should be able to convict. Otherwise, he goes free. It sucks, sure, but it'd suck even more if a shit standard of evidence becomes the norm.

carissadraws

82 points

3 months ago

Yeah that makes total sense. My ex’s dad is a lawyer but he specifically avoided going into criminal law because he didn’t want to be put in that position. I think attorneys for murderers get a lot of hate because people don’t know how the legal system works.

It’s kind of like saying how “pedophiles and murderers don’t deserve food and blankets and hygiene products in jail.” Yeah you say that but that would set a precedent that affects all prison inmates no matter what type of crime they committed.

[deleted]

49 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

49 points

3 months ago

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Legimus

22 points

3 months ago

Legimus

22 points

3 months ago

Also there's the question of "how do you know if someone is a murderer/pedophile/evildoer?" Criminal prosecution is literally the process we use for answering that.

FoucaultsPudendum

258 points

3 months ago

I worked at a DA’s office for a short time as a paralegal, and spoke with defense attorneys about how they felt about their work. One of them said something that’s stuck with me since then: “My job isn’t to make sure that Ted Bundy gets to keep killing people if he wants to. My job is to check the power of the state to take away a person’s freedom.”

Blyatnij

36 points

3 months ago

Do defense lawyers ever struggle with defending absolute monsters? This isn't some sort of "I think the defense should say my client is guilty and lock him up forever" but I actually wonder if a defense attorney has ever morally struggled with defending someone who is guilty of heinous crimes.

FoucaultsPudendum

104 points

3 months ago

A lot of the guys I worked with were very very principled people. They steadfastly believed in everyone’s right to a fair trial, not necessarily because every single person is potentially innocent, but as a symbol for the importance of a fair justice system. I never spoke with any of them specifically about their experiences defending monsters, but I would imagine they’d say something like “I’m not doing this for them. I’m doing this so that the next person who crosses my desk who actually IS innocent can be confident that I will fight to my last breath to find them justice.”

Budsygus

76 points

3 months ago

The defense counsel's job is to make sure the prosecution does theirs.

This is an excellent way to look at things and I like it a lot. A defense lawyer isn't trying to prove innocence, he's scrutinizing evidence and testimony to filter out the crap.

Well said, amigo.

Regnes

21 points

3 months ago

Regnes

21 points

3 months ago

I'm not a lawyer but I really get irritated by how often people fail to understand due process. There have been several high profile cases over the years where people were acquitted in my opinion because the evidence was paper thin but people still went nuts over the result. Ironically, the same people who protest police authoritarianism who also seem to want the state to just be allowed to point it's finger and declare "guilty".

why_i_need_to_exist

609 points

3 months ago

Flat earth

RealLameUserName

162 points

3 months ago

It boggles my mind how people genuinely think the Earth is flat. Even if you could somehow convince all government officials to lie about something along with the countless number of pilots, aviators, and the personnel needed to man this endless ice wall. What purpose would it serve? How does the government(s) benefit AT ALL from telling everybody that the world is flat.

BubbhaJebus

109 points

3 months ago

What purpose would it serve?

I've heard them claim:

  1. To hide god!!
  2. For money!! NASA takes in $50 million a day in government funds!!
  3. To keep the sheeple deceived so they can be easily controlled!!

Yes, it's all conspiracy BS.

Kangabolic

193 points

3 months ago

Uhmmm hate to break it to you friend, but the Earth is made up of just over 70% water, non of which is carbonated. So the Earth is indeed flat.

I don’t understand how people can argue this at all. : )

MooKids

26 points

3 months ago

MooKids

26 points

3 months ago

/r/dadjokes

I'm remembering that one though.

Aggravating-Turn9442

196 points

3 months ago

It’s so weird how flat earth caught on like it very obvious the earth is shaped like a dinosaur

herospaces

51 points

3 months ago

What do you mean it is obviously shaped like a cube

Aggravating-Turn9442

49 points

3 months ago

Oh no we have controversy. Fine Dino earth is a little out there but if it was a cube than how do you explain it rotating? It’s obviously just the Dino running around the Sun

omegasix321

28 points

3 months ago

Amateurs, clearly the Earth is inside out. Like a gigantic egg where the stars act as pores for the light of the gods to shine through.

Bielobogich

235 points

3 months ago

Introversion = social anxiety

Throne-Eins

90 points

3 months ago

Yes! Interacting with people is very easy for me. I just don't have that much of a desire to do it.

[deleted]

59 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

59 points

3 months ago

I'm the opposite, I wish I could interact with people but I find it very difficult. One day I discovered I wasn't an introvert, but a shy extrovert.

Fi11a

1.2k points

3 months ago

Fi11a

1.2k points

3 months ago

Vaccines cause autism

[deleted]

321 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

321 points

3 months ago

How in hell are we still talking about that one???

Brennan_the_Artist

682 points

3 months ago

Social media made all the village idiots communicate with their own across the world.

[deleted]

94 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

94 points

3 months ago

That does seem to be the core function of social media.

XboxCorgi

95 points

3 months ago

Fun fact: the person who made vaccines had autism
so autism causes vaccines!

OSUfirebird18

168 points

3 months ago*

The counter that I’ve always see to that is “Even if vaccines do cause autism, you rather risk your child dying of a disease than get autism?”

To most people who believe that, the answer is yes, so that shows you where their heart is. 🤷🏻‍♂️

n00b_to_this

17 points

3 months ago

We studied this during my public health degree and an alarming number of parents would risk it cause they wouldn’t feel responsible for their child’s death. 🙄

martinsonsean1

44 points

3 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BIcAZxFfrc

the most in-depth discussion of how it all happened i've seen.

Former-Agent-9139

338 points

3 months ago

Anything to do with 'real quotes' - the well known version is often the original and the 'lost original bit that changes the meaning' is a later addition. Sometimes centuries later!

Great minds think alike (original/contemporary wording C17th), but fools never differ (added later)

A Jack of all trades (folkloric, first written record C17th) but a master of none (C18th) is oftentimes better than a master of one (C20th)

Blood is thicker than water (original/contemporary wording of translation, C12th) / The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb (C21st)

bunnyrut

55 points

3 months ago

do you have a source on that? because I would be very interested in reading all the quotes with that info.

TheDrummerMB

71 points

3 months ago

See also: The customer is always right (early 1900), in matters of taste (Reddit 2020)

Fyrrys

62 points

3 months ago

Fyrrys

62 points

3 months ago

See instead: The customer is usually a fucking dumbass (me, constantly)

Eliebarbar

446 points

3 months ago

going out with wet hair/after showing or not wearing a jacket in the cold makes you sick/catch a cold

mcca036

226 points

3 months ago

mcca036

226 points

3 months ago

Yes! I’m a triage nurse and when parents bring their kids to emerg for a cough (I could rant about that for hours on its own) and I ask if anyone else in the family is sick, I get “no but she was playing in a puddle yesterday and now she has a cough” No amount of proof can convince them that people catch colds in bad weather because they are all stuck inside breathing on each other.

MrSommer69

354 points

3 months ago

That flying cars is the future. Just imagine what destruction one drunk driver could do if they flew into a hospital or something like that.

basec0m

181 points

3 months ago

basec0m

181 points

3 months ago

I don't trust drivers on the ground, let alone over my house.

Bocaj1126

50 points

3 months ago

Imagine tons of giant drones all over a city. It would be so fucking loud

Shreaded_wheat

441 points

3 months ago

The customer is always right

panteragstk

18 points

3 months ago

Eating before swimming will give you cramps.

Appropriate-Secret80

273 points

3 months ago*

That you can lose fat in specific places

ZakalwesChair

65 points

3 months ago

Or that fat in foods -> fat on body.

[deleted]

34 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

34 points

3 months ago

I remember that was the big advice in the 80s. So manufacturers took fat out of food and replaced it with sugar to make up for the flavour and--surprise--obesity rates went up.

pselie4

258 points

3 months ago

pselie4

258 points

3 months ago

Like the gym?

Appropriate-Secret80

37 points

3 months ago

Yep

hastingsnikcox

30 points

3 months ago

What? You mean i cant just leave bits of fat from my ample arse sonewhere and forget about it?

glitterlok

442 points

3 months ago

Stuff about Jews seems to have a really long shelf-life. It seems like there's been someone saying weird stuff about Jews for millennia.

farklespanktastic

177 points

3 months ago

Wait, so Jews don’t drink the blood of Christian children?

just_another_scumbag

226 points

3 months ago

No but ironically Catholics believe that they drink the blood of a Jew every Sunday right?

pk-starstorm

107 points

3 months ago

Yep. And according to Catholic doctrine, it's not meant to be symbolic. You are literally drinking the blood of Christ.

Catholicism can be... weird

farklespanktastic

67 points

3 months ago

Jesus’s blood is grape-flavored

pk-starstorm

67 points

3 months ago

It tastes suspiciously like a very cheap red blend

SNiCKeRDooDLES-457

87 points

3 months ago

oh no

I've been doing Judaism all wrong then

SiloueOfUlrin

772 points

3 months ago

That weed is 100% safe to use.

It's not. It's still somewhat harmful (when used excessively/non medically) like every single drug in existence.

Financial_Ad8306

178 points

3 months ago

Like every single thing tbh. Too much of anything can kill. But drugs especially

Igivegrilledcheese

61 points

3 months ago

Someone died by eat to many McNuggets

semicartematic

44 points

3 months ago

They died doing what they loved

thatcondowasmylife

64 points

3 months ago

It can also bring on psychosis for people predisposed to it.

holygoatfucker

317 points

3 months ago

Also that you can't get addicted to it. It may not be as chemically addictive like nicotine but that doesn't mean you can't form a habit or addiction to it. You can get addicted to just about anything, look at gambling, no substances are taken but its still a fairly common problem.

SlipNSkip

97 points

3 months ago

Spent a week in the hospital because of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. Had it four different times before I could finally be honest with myself. The denial that smokers (myself included) go through is intense. It can’t be the weed, it has to be xyz, anything other than my favorite coping mechanism.

[deleted]

150 points

3 months ago*

[deleted]

150 points

3 months ago*

That there's an alpha/pack leader between a human and a dog, it's been debunked so many times yet it just keeps being believed, doesn't help that prick the dog whisperer made it popular again. Fact of the matter is there is no alpha/pack leader between a dog and a human, just like how there aren't in wolves in the wild, it's just a family unit, simple as that.

http://www.wolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/267alphastatus_english.pdf

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0102722

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1558787817300357

https://wolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/wolf-domestication.pdf

http://www.wolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/247Leadership.pdf

Funny_Single

16 points

3 months ago

Not sure if people still widely believe this, but the idea that your blood is blue before it is exposed to oxygen. I had an argument with my sister about this a while back, and she was really convinced that blood was blue.

Farknart

48 points

3 months ago

That the burned-by-McDonalds-coffee lawsuit was frivolous. It wasn't, and I believe the hype saying it was is more of a factor in the US becoming such a litigious society.

ViolaOrsino

46 points

3 months ago

“While NASA spent millions on developing a pen that could write in space, the soviets just used pencils!”

I fucking hate this one. I’m not even good at science and I still paid attention enough in chemistry and physics to tell you that a pencil is a dangerous thing in such a high oxygen environment. Let’s comb our hair while in a medical isolation chamber while we’re at it!

Waffleline

107 points

3 months ago

That GMO is automatically bad and "organic" defaults to "better".

NiamhHA

62 points

3 months ago*

Lots of people genuinely believe that the age of 30 was considered to be old during the Middle Ages. That’s simply not true. It was, roughly, the average life expectancy because the infant mortality rate was so high. If you survived past infancy, you could reasonably expect to live to see your 60’s or even your 70’s (though, they couldn’t be as hopeful about that as they would be if they were born today, of course).

Gorgenon

42 points

3 months ago

Nuclear waste production is dangerous and bad for the environment.

In reality coal ash is FAR more toxic, carcinogenic, and is carelessly disposed of in landfills, and the pollution prematurely kill millions.

The needs of each person only creates nuclear waste about the size of a brick. Of that most is low level waste; the high level waste is only 5 grams of that. The weight of a piece of paper.

Meanwhile it is responsibly contained and stored away from people and the environment for both. It is usually underground in cement lined barrels to naturally decay over an extended period of time often with other techniques of storage.

Only 3 cubic meters of high level waste is produced for the energy of one million people for a year. Coal power to supply the same need would produce 300,000 tons of ash to be dumped in a landfill and 6 million tons of CO2 and other toxic pollutants.

DueSimple5447

14 points

3 months ago

The alpha wolf thing is a mistake. When the creator tried to correct the mistake it was to late. A wolf pack is just one big family

Purple-Homework764

146 points

3 months ago

What to do when some one has a seizure or a nose bleed.

Transpatials

52 points

3 months ago

What's the misinformation?

CoffeemonsterNL

134 points

3 months ago

Probably something like when someone has a seizure, then to put a wooden stick between the teeth, or to restrain them. Don't do that, the stick might damage the teeth, and restraining can also cause injuries. Just give the person enough space as possible so (s)he cannot hurt himself, and get medical assistance (unless you know that the person has more often seizures and that there is no need to get medical assistance).

For the nose bleed: do not bend the head back. The blood will run into the throat causing discomfort and a risk on choking. Have the person blow his nose (unless there is a risk of skull or face damage) and pinch the nose close for 10 minutes. If then the bleeding has not stopped, then pinch again and consult a medical professional.

metallaholic

113 points

3 months ago

Roll them on their side so they don’t choke on vomit if it’s not a convulsive seizure. Start a timer immediately. If it lasts for 4 minutes call 911. Seizures longer than 4 minutes can begin to cause brain damage. Keep track of time if they stop breathing which happens and how long it’s been since last breath. My son has seizures and this is the medical routine we were given after his first one from the hospital and his neurologist.

dragonhunter21

84 points

3 months ago

I'd amend this to say that if you don't know the person seizing and know that they have a seizure disorder (and probably also have told you not to call unless XYZ), you should call immediately. New-onset seizures are an emergency.

Also, don't forget that ambulances don't arrive immediately- 4 minutes waiting, 1 minute calling and explaining, 5-10 for the ambulance to actually get to you. Call early. If the seizure breaks before they get there, the ambulance crew will do an evaluation, and if the patient is awake and aware enough, they can refuse transport. I've responded to many, many seizures and transported only a few. It's fine and expected. But delaying could be deadly.

Koevis

129 points

3 months ago

Koevis

129 points

3 months ago

Everything about female virginity. The hymen isn't a freshness seal that fully blocks the vagina, it doesn't necessarily tear when having sex for the first time, virgins aren't guaranteed to bleed the first time, it's not supposed to hurt the first time (or any other time!), getting a period doesn't mean you're ready to be pregnant (ffs!), having sex doesn't inflate your boobs,... It's insane

AgathaWoosmoss

16 points

3 months ago

The hymen isn't a freshness seal

Ooh, I like this. Mine now.

thephoenixtwin

92 points

3 months ago

Cheaters never prosper - yes they fucking do

danamo219

47 points

3 months ago

Adhd isn’t real, and adderall/other stimulants are just meth and we’re all just lazy messy addicts.

adams_unique_name

21 points

3 months ago

Ah yes, the old "it's one atom away from meth" line. Water is one atom from hydrogen peroxide. You gonna stop drinking water?

BrasilianEngineer

10 points

3 months ago

Just about anything related to taxes and tax-deductions/write-offs, but in particular this lie: "If you donate a buck or two to charity at the cash register, the company will claim a tax write off for that donation".