Don’t Read the Comments—They Can Make You Mistrust Real Experts

A recent paper in the Journal of Advertising suggests that online commenting may sway people as much as public service announcements (PSAs) from health authorities. Depending on who’s doing the commenting, comments may sometimes be even more influential than PSAs.

While it may seem ludicrous that people could trust online comments as much as PSAs, it’s important to remember that online comments have an important advantage: they’re seen as coming from an unbiased source. This is why product reviews by consumers online and other “electronic word-of-mouth” communications are often seen as a trusted resource.

Source: Don’t read the comments—they can make you mistrust real experts

I would never lie to you.  Sincerely, Dr. Whiskers

Just because I have it, doesn't mean it's true

From the CollegeHumour “If Google was a Guy…” series

What the article doesn’t mention is if there’s any relation to confirmation bias

On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog

Woof! I mean…

PSA: Don’t Pour Grease Down The Drain

Seriously, do NOT.  For more information, including disgusting examples and photos – see this article.

The fats in the grease and oil from your kitchen mix with the other chemicals in the sewers and form nasty conglomerations of chemicals that can build up and block the pipes that take our dirty water to the wastewater treatment plant.

Put your grease in the trash, not the sink.

Cook sparingly with oil – it’s easier/better to add more than to have too much.  But you don’t get a choice with bacon. Storing in plastic containers are not a good idea, as they might melt if you don’t let the oil/grease cool.  I use the leftover metal containers from canned goods.  If you did enough volume, it’d be worth the time to make biofuel.  One day, municipal services will likely provide such a means but currently they’re telling people to put the left over fat/oil in the landfill.