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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

A better world

By Ezra Klein

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That's from XKCD. Here's the Wikipedia article.

By Ezra Klein  | January 5, 2011; 10:03 AM ET
 
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Off the mark, as usual, Klein. What you (and others) need is a course in Fallacies:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacies

And after you read through that, come back and tell us what an arbitrary list of misconceptions has in common with the Constitution of the United States.

Posted by: msoja | January 5, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Off the mark? More like off topic, msoja. Not every post ever has to be about your disagreements with Ezra's position on various aspects of the Constitution. This is a post about a funny comic that also hits on something true: the persistence of completely false facts within the realm of common knowledge.

I like to think of myself as fairly well educated and informed, but even though I didn't make it halfway through the list there were a few factoids that I had wrong. This would be a valuable exercise in school, just to attempt to weed some of these misconceptions out of a generation.

The one that annoys me the most is the one about Columbus proving the Earth was round, but I'm sure other people have their own pet peeves.

Posted by: MosBen | January 5, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

You missed the alt-text! When people repost xkcd they always seem to miss the alt-text. Please remember it next time, it's not too hard to include ;)

Posted by: goinupnup | January 5, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The only one that surprised me was searing meat. I am an awful cook, but this seemed to make sense to me.

My mother slow baked or over boiled everything, so all the food I ate was either so dry it had to be swallowed like a pill or so limp and over saturated it disintegrated if you picked it up with a fork. Searing stuff, then dropping the temperature seems to work for me, but maybe it just induces me to cook things for less time.

Posted by: staticvars | January 5, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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