Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Study produced by fast food companies proves the more overweight one is, the healthier one is.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2008]
Origins: Short and sweet, this is a leg-pull: no such study was undertaken by a conglomerate of fast food entities, nor did any report produced by anyone else yield such results. Yet the
This bit of humor fits well with japes wherein lettuce and other typical diet foods are suddenly discovered to contribute mightily to weight gain while ice cream and chocolate turn out to be nature's true fat burners. Oh, would that it were that easy!
This is a well-executed humor piece. Note that its more outrageous claims (significant amounts of additional weight "improve eyesight, reverse baldness, cure the common cold, and reduce global warming") are aired only after the reader has been somewhat lulled into a state of credulity by the more plausible-sounding assertions made earlier in the article.
Barbara "lettuce pray" Mikkelson
Last updated: 12 May 2008
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