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Yeah, I'm very resistant to the animation. I'm finding it horrible to look at. But I actually liking some of the topics. I especially like "same time, different place" feature.

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Just binged the animated version and I don't like it one bit. Oh, the animation's fine, but debunking stories that were just made up by the show's writers, like the Copernicus segment, is just wrong. Also, the fall of the Berlin wall thing, while getting some details right, yeah, the bureaucrat misspoke, but, but there was no way the people of East Berlin would have heard the interview with the American journalist, it is just as wrong as the made-up story it debunks...and don't get me started on the mostly fictional history of the Middle East.... Very disappointing indeed.

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Adam Ruins Halloween:

Yep, totally remember my mother not letting us eat the candy until she checked it for razors/pins. We were never allowed to eat the fruit.  If the candy wrapper was slightly torn, she would toss it out.

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On 8/15/2017 at 9:24 PM, Twilight Man said:

 

Most of us already knew most of the Columbus stuff we learned was fraudulent.

 

Are schools still teaching that Columbus "discovered America" ?

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On 10/27/2017 at 1:04 PM, Violet Impulse said:

The father who put cyanide in his son's Pixy Stix was also charged with the attempted murder of four other children using the same method (his daughter, two neighbor kids, and some random kid on the street). It was pure luck that none of the other children had opened theirs.

Adam & that "Expert" guy kept saying that there wasn't any proof that strangers harmed/killed children by tampering with halloween candy.

That was really confusing,

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Adam Ruins Guns. This episode had several intellectually dishonest moments:

1. I'm not a card-carrying member of the NRA, but it's a little pat to act like they just love guns so much and they're so big that no one can stop them...least of all the people in favor of "common sense gun control". The reason the NRA tends to balk at gun control, notionally, is because they believe regulators won't stop at any one measure. It's similar to smoking, They know what happens when you start compromising and they're not willing to do that.

2. And to be honest, that's the reason some voters don't support gun control. They think those who want it are BSing to make the most politically expedient point they can, when really they just don't want people to have guns.

3. To sort of reduce the debate down to it being all about black people and scared white people, I thought, was kind of silly. Gun control is about curbing gun violence, period. If black people are over-represented in the group who perpetuates gun violence, it is what it is, unless someone has competing data suggesting it's untrue or that laws are passed only to affect black people. But to me, that's just about identity politics and pandering. Whenever there's a mass shooting, it takes all of five minutes for people to start muttering about the NRA. The NRA got dragged into the conversation after the Parkland shooting for no reason, and companies started cutting ties with them. But that's because we associate the NRA with middle aged white men, and nobody cares about offending them. On the other hand, more mundane gun violence (i.e. in inner cities, among gangs, etc) usually don't get the conversation going for gun control, because a lot of liberals don't want to look like they're attacking black/brown people.

4. Bringing up Phillando Castile was kind of cheap, to be honest. As awful as his killing was, most people aren't suggesting that the cop was in the right. The city prosecuted the cop and even though he was acquitted, he was fired. Maybe the cop was a racist -- who knows -- but neither side of the gun control debate, to any great extent, was trying to defend the cop who killed Philando Castile.

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The problem where race is concerned is that too many white people assume that black people are “dangerous “ and will react in a certain way.  Look at the recent conviction of a white man who shot at a black child who was asking for directions.  As for stand your ground, why did the black woman in Florida get prison time, yet the man who murdered Travon Martin walked free.  I can’t believe race had zero to do with either decision.

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On 10/30/2016 at 4:11 PM, niklj said:

I don't really know what the election special was trying to accomplish. I know Adam said his biggest disappointment was the election episode because he heard from people that it actually made them not want to vote, but it felt like he was trying to tell us here that we should be okay with the status quo because that's how it always is and that it works...?

Or basically not vote for Trump? 

If memory serves, I liked the election ep but rolled my eyes at Adam "debunking" the Electoral College by gaming the system and claiming it was racially motivated. The system was put in place to decentralize and help even the playing field amongst the states. Any system can be gamed.

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On 11/28/2018 at 8:29 PM, 27bored said:

The reason the NRA tends to balk at gun control, notionally, is because they believe regulators won't stop at any one measure.

It's not only government that's a driving force. Business and technology/progress probably more so. Add to that private interest groups get to lobby and bring forth court cases that'll be a sure bet to rule many times in their favor. As much as some folks go with the 'slippery slope' with the gun issue,  one could use 'slippery slope' with regards to having been given an inch, as in the original intent of the 2nd amendment and its being of its time,  and then taking it a a mile to where it's interpretation stands today.

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Watched the Adam Ruins Sitcoms last night.  I thought the funniest part was the stereotype they didn't even mention:

The sitcom family had a white father, a Latino mother, a black child, and an Asian child.

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On 12/7/2018 at 8:42 PM, hoosiermom said:

I liked the episode on sleep but he didn’t give any help on how one should by a mattress.

For me, they did. There was a reference to a site called "Sleep Like the Dead." They use surveys to rate mattresses. I ended up buying a foam bed in a box that was 1/2 the price of the one I originally looked at because the reviews were very similar.

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9 minutes ago, ketose said:

For me, they did. There was a reference to a site called "Sleep Like the Dead." They use surveys to rate mattresses. I ended up buying a foam bed in a box that was 1/2 the price of the one I originally looked at because the reviews were very similar.

Thanks! Guess I missed that.

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On 1/16/2019 at 1:41 PM, rmontro said:

Watched the Adam Ruins Sitcoms last night.  I thought the funniest part was the stereotype they didn't even mention:

The sitcom family had a white father, a Latino mother, a black child, and an Asian child.

I think the Asian kid was the neighbor but I could be wrong.

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1 hour ago, Skyfall said:

I think the Asian kid was the neighbor but I could be wrong.

Oh, well that's a little disappointing, but it's still funny.  :)

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I haven't yet watched this week's ep, I think I was so disgusted by last week's ep. I normally cut the writers a lot of slack (in that I know some of the facts are somewhat selective, but it's still entertaining), but I was BLOWN AWAY that last week's ep cutting down stereotype sitcom tropes did not address the slutty-seeming scantily-clad female classmate. Are you fucking kidding me? They addressed all these harmful stereotypes about being Asian, black, and male (with the briefest of mentions for the Latina mom), but nothing about the outrageously flirty blonde girl? Yes, that could cover a week's worth of episodes, but why did they make her character so OTT stereotyped if to not address it? And on an ep in which he shows how many female writers they have?? My mind is exploding.

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...but I was BLOWN AWAY that last week's ep cutting down stereotype sitcom tropes did not address the slutty-seeming scantily-clad female classmate.

 

Or the average-looking guy with a beautiful wife (usually with perfect hair and makeup, unless it's a comic kitchen or repair disaster), but once a year or so still has a beautiful woman interested in him. 

It would have been easy to work in when they were talking about other stuff, especially as part of the in-passing reference to the Latina mother.  I realize they can't get to every stereotype in 21 minutes, but at the risk of mansplaining the obvious, stereotypes about women create a lot of problems for a very large group of people (I'd say "everyone" but I'm not sure how they impact monks and people who don't watch television at all.)

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I loved the sitcom episode; good on them that they covered that dumb ass, ignorant stereotype that black people can't swim because of some genetic issue.  I mean I've come across ignorant assholes who are surprised that I swim.  WTF?  

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I found the short, animated episode on bananas to be offensive. I LOVE bananas and they taste wonderful. His personal opinion about them doesn't help his credibility at all.

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1 hour ago, Notwisconsin said:

I found the short, animated episode on bananas to be offensive. I LOVE bananas and they taste wonderful. His personal opinion about them doesn't help his credibility at all.

What did he say about bananas? I missed this. 

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1 minute ago, Notwisconsin said:

He said that they tasted bland.

Ah, I did see it I think. Is that when he said compared to Gros Michel bananas our current bananas taste bland? I've read that elsewhere as well...http://www.raw-food-health.net/Gros-Michel.html

So I don't think it was an unfounded opinion...just that if one ate a Gros Michel banana compared to a Cavendish banana, the latter tastes bland...

And I love bananas also, but this makes me think I'd REALLY love one of those Gros Michels 

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On 1/23/2019 at 10:06 PM, Dewey Decimate said:

I haven't yet watched this week's ep, I think I was so disgusted by last week's ep. I normally cut the writers a lot of slack (in that I know some of the facts are somewhat selective, but it's still entertaining), but I was BLOWN AWAY that last week's ep cutting down stereotype sitcom tropes did not address the slutty-seeming scantily-clad female classmate. Are you fucking kidding me? They addressed all these harmful stereotypes about being Asian, black, and male (with the briefest of mentions for the Latina mom), but nothing about the outrageously flirty blonde girl? Yes, that could cover a week's worth of episodes, but why did they make her character so OTT stereotyped if to not address it? And on an ep in which he shows how many female writers they have?? My mind is exploding.

I was really pissed about that too. I thought for sure it would be addressed, as the character was so obvious, but nope, not a word. 

This season really lost a few steps. Just not as sharp and funny as the previous ones.

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On ‎11‎/‎13‎/‎2017 at 3:39 PM, CoyoteBlue said:

This is why as a single gal, unless I'm specifically buying for a big recipe, I buy my milk in pints (or Dean's "chugs"). If I only crack open two cups at a time, I can usually use it before it goes bad, and the rest of the milk I bought is still safely sealed.

I buy a gallon of skim milk for cheap and kept it long past (several weeks) the expiration date before it went bad. I rarely have to throw mine out.

On ‎12‎/‎7‎/‎2018 at 8:42 PM, hoosiermom said:

I liked the episode on sleep but he didn’t give any help on how one should by a mattress.

Consumer reports?

On ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2019 at 6:36 PM, Notwisconsin said:

He said that they tasted bland.

Of course they're bland; they're picked while green and "ripened" in a gas chamber. I remember touring a banana plantation in Costa Rica and the samples they gave us were so much better.

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