4 Ways Your Education Was a Conspiracy to Make You Bored

This article stood out to me because being bored in school is one of my specialties. It talked about how the interesting stuff is left out of textbooks and the things put in textbooks do not prepare us for anything. Teachers are under paid, unsupported, and stressed out. The author strongly feels that we need an education revolution and I agree.

This second article stood out to me because it is something I have thought about a few times. Is college really as important as it is made out to be if one is not interested in going into fields such as medicine, law, or engineering? This question made me think about it because I am not going to college for any of those three things. I’m not sure how I can link this to the first article that I found but I think it could add an interesting spin to my research.

Blog post 1: Science Behind Drinking

The article I chose is “The 5 Most Ridiculous Drinking Myths You Probably Believe”. The article talks about the most commonly found myths about drinking and what the real reasons are behind the myths. I think the most common myth about drinking is drinking helps you sleep. This article interested me because I have heard all of these myths but never really knew the answers to them. So this sparked an interest of mine to learn the truth about the myths. I have personally thought that drinking could help someone sleep but apparently that’s not the case.

Finding the Perfect Cracked Article

Since I am very biased toward the health/medical field I decided to do look up an article that was somewhat related to the subject. I was looking for something that was more “in” as well as something that I could relate to and that I would enjoy doing a research paper over for the next couple of weeks.

I chose the article 5 Everyday Pieces of Clothing With Shocking Health Risks which is an article that has 5 different “proven” facts about how different types of clothes or accessories that we use every day could cause damage to our health. For example, one of the topics is that skinny jeans can cause nerve damage and the writer goes on explaining where and how he got this kind of information by using the article from nbcnews.com that also refers to the same situation as the topic.

Although the writer of this article seems to have all his facts straight about the different things he talks about in the article, most of the sources come from articles themselves. Therefore, I’m not sure whether or not to trust what he’s getting me convinced to think or to prove him wrong by searching the same topic and doing some more research.

The article seemed interesting to me and therefore I’m sticking to this one to do my research paper over (for now).

Blog Post #1: The Most Interesting Subject in the World

Picking a Cracked article to write my research paper over was a pretty big decision. Almost every other paper I’ve written has been completed the day before it is due, in an action packed, explosion-riddled montage of me sitting in front of a laptop typing like a madman. However, this paper is different. I actually have to dedicate a significant portion of my life to it. So, why on earth did I decide to write an entire research paper over something with a title as boring as
5 Scary Myths You Probably Believe About the Economy?” The answer is simple.

The article covers several interesting topics, such as “Are Illegal Immigrants Killing America’s Money?”, or “Spending Money You Don’t Actually Have is Totally NOT a Bad Thing”. It hopes to dispel incorrect ideas about how everything about the U.S. economy is about to go down the toilet. However, the highlight of the article stems from the “No, China isn’t on the Verge of Owning America” section. Everyone has the crazy uncle that sits at the end of the table on Thanksgiving and rants about how in five years everyone is going to be speaking Chinese, or a family friend who is already digging bunkers for the fight to keep chow mein from becoming a regular menu items at U.S. McDonald’s.

I, too, fell into believing the idea that China could, at any moment, say “Hey, we loaned you money, so we own you now.” I was never too interested in Economics, but after hearing something so many times, you eventually just begin to believe it. The article cites a couple of news reports on the matter, like this one from Business Insider. Overall, the articles really work together with the ideas put forth by the Cracked author.

Did they do their research?

I have always been fascinated by the Middle Ages, from the beautiful Gothic cathedrals and churches to the stories of “knights in shining armor”. So when I was looking on cracked.com for an article and found 6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages that Everyone Believes I was ecstatic. I was reading through the article the one myth that really caught my eye was Scientific Progress was Dead.

Image Chartres Cathedral

 When I looked at the scholarly sources cracked.com used to find their information I was surprised to find that they used Wikipedia and several .com websites. I have always been taught that you could used Wikipedia as a starting point but don’t cite it in the actual paper. Also to be cautious of .com sites because you can’t be sure how valid they are.

“Cracking” the Environment

The article I chose to write about is titled “5 Environmental Myths Too Many People Still Believe.”
http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-environmental-myths-too-many-people-still-believe/
The myth on that page I chose to write about is the first one which says “Eating Locally Doesn’t Help Much at All.”
The Cracked writers attack eating local food by pointing out the fact that it growing food locally puts about four times as much Carbon into the atmosphere as eating out does. In addition, a lot of families that buy food in bulk end up throwing much of it away, as much as forty percent, which is a huge waste of money and it really hurts the environment because of all the extra carbon. I chose this article because, as a college kid, I tend to eat out a lot, because I don’t have the supplies or the experience to cook myself dinner. This myth drew my attention because of my own personal dilemma.

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The author uses this picture of numerous lambs to help the reader visualize all the CO2 that is being released by farming and such practices.

6 Myths About Everyday Things

I found the Cracked.com article 6 Ridiculous Myths You Believe About Stuff You Use Everyday. Myth number one caught my attention microwaving/freezing plastic containers releases deadly toxins. My step dad use to always say do not microwave food in plastic it poisons your food. I could never figure out how he knew this but it was better to just go through the process of doing what he wanted. I always thought that he was making way to big of a deal about it, but then a lot of other people started doing the same thing. So I started to think maybe my step dad was not so crazy.

 

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Picture from ziploc.com

My article starts off by telling how this myth came into being, and goes on to talk about how freezing has no effect on plastic it actually keeps the chemicals from leaking out of the plastic. The article also says that only a few chemicals come out of the plastic during microwaving. It even talks about how the toxins talked about being in the plastics are not even in plastics.

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Picture from rackcdn.com

My article uses some sources from seattlepi.com, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and cancer.org.

 

 

Busting Environmental Myths

As a geology student I get told a lot that my major sounds quite boring. One thing I always get is “Wow, you study rocks.” In a plain sense, yes that is what we do but it’s much more than that. By studying rocks we’ve pulled apart the earth’s past and are slowly piecing together what may happen to our beloved planet in the future.

I found an article on Cracked that lists different environmental myths that a lot of people believe in and I found one particularly interesting. We’ve all heard of the term global-warming, but many of us don’t fully understand how it works. The number one myth most people believe is that global warming means we won’t have winter anymore.

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This article personally interests me because it’s over a big topic that geologists have to study, a lot of the stuff we learn all comes back to the earth’s current condition and so on.

The author seems to have gathered his information from various Time: Science & Space articles. However, I found a more formal source on the whole subject.

2 hoops and a ball? There’s more to it than that actually

http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/3-reasons-people-think-nba-as-rigged-as-wrestling/
When looking through the articles on cracked.com I immediately went to the sports section because there are so any myths and radical claims made in the world or sports. I first looked into steroids in baseball,  but realized there aren’t any myths because steroids are used and everyone knows it. Secondly, I’ve never been a big NBA fan. In fact, you couldn’t pay me to watch an NBA game before the Thunder came to OKC, now I sort of follow their season. I’ve heard about the theories that it is rigged, winners are picked before the game starts and  that even some of the players are in on it. So, when i stumbled across this article I found it very interesting. It gives 3 reasons why people think the NBA is rigged. First, the video footage of the 1985 draft lottery where the envelop for one team is blatantly creased and then drawn to receive the first pick. The second is statements made by a disgruntled former referee saying that ‘popular teams are favored to win.’ And finally because former NBA commissioner basically came out and said it was. From his statements, you can infer what he really means. I’m looking forward to digging deeper and finding more dirt on the NBA.

It’s Not Your Typical Injury..

It’s not your typical injury.

I have chosen medical myths as a topic. For my claim I chose, the #2 myth, You Shouldn’t Let Someone Who Has Had A Concussion Fall Asleep from the 5 Medical Myths You Probably Believe on the Cracked article. The scholarly article I have chosen to use first is the Medline Plus post.

I have never been too interested in sciences or anything related to doctors. However, this one kind of caught my eye. When I wrecked my car, I wasn’t sure if I had a concussion or not so instead of going to school I went to the all day twilight marathon with all five movies, all three sisters, and our moms. Should I have rested? Or at least let my mind rest? Or was it good that I was awake all day? I kind of want to know the answer and even though I do not particularly like that kind of science, I am interested in our brains and how they work. And concussions are pretty common with my group of friends, so I would love to be helpful in situations like that. I think our minds are interesting, and even though I believe our mind and body are separate, I think it is interesting how something physical that happens to our physical body can cause such a disruption in our mind which is not a “spiritually within” us. I also know there will be a lot of things to research about this so that is also why I chose something with science, but also relates to me, and sparks my interest.

Being an Early Childhood Ed major, I laugh at signs that talk to us like children. Quite a serious subject for such a tone. Concussion ABCs.

The way the scholarly article fits into the subject is that it defines concussions and gives many articles and links to other scholarly and “non” scholarly articles about concussions and things relating to it.

Another article I have found that specifically is linked to the Cracked article is from Mayo Clinic. This is pertaining to the symptoms and all that jazz. How to treat them and when. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Autumn Johnson.