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‘Don’t Like It? Then Leave!’ — A Lot Of Derp In Five Words

This week’s Stupid Meme This meme, or at least its general idea, has been around for a long time. I first heard the theme as a youngster, when one adult made a formal complaint to another adult about the way a church was being run. A third party commented: “If you don’t like it so[…]

That Reading Statistics Meme Is Just Wrong

Categories: Personal
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Published on: 2017.01.07

The meme in question. This cute little chart popped up on social media recently. I saw it from at least three different people, on at least three different platforms (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook). It makes the following claims, without citing a source: • 33% of high school graduates never read another book the rest of[…]

A Poor Start To My War On Misinformation

Note the “I don’t care” response after I pointed out the quote was fake. As I said in my previous entry: If someone else posts fake news, I’ll let them know. This hasn’t won me many friends, but I’m not in life to have a bunch of friends who share fake news. It just so[…]

Vague, Tautological Meme Is Vague And Tautological

This week’s silly meme I bring up this meme only because I’ve seen it so often on social media. Apparently, about a third of the people in my online circles think this is true. For searchability reasons, I include the text (correcting for the ALL-CAPS issue): “Am I the only one around here who thinks[…]

‘Failure’ Depends On Your Goals

Original source appears to be this tweet I’m not sure which logical fallacy this falls under. But it certainly seems to be a poor analogy. (And it has an extraneous comma in the middle.) The meme (based on a real tweet) says: “I hope Donald Trump is a good president. Wanting him to fail, is[…]

The Nonexistent Riots Of ’08 And ’12 (UPDATED)

Remember the riots in 2008 when Barack Obama was first elected? All those conservatives marching, protesting, and eventually getting out of hand and causing property damage? And then again in 2012? I’ll bet you don’t remember it, because — as far as I can tell — it never happened. That seems to be the point[…]

Do The Math

The meme insinuates we should be able to pay for health care with $2 billion This meme popped into my Facebook timeline three separate times this weekend. It says (I’ve fixed the all-caps issue): “Welcome to America where we will spend $2 billion on an election, but we can’t afford to give everyone free healthcare.”[…]

How Difficult Is It To Be Unoffensive?

Click to view it larger “Everything is so PC these days! You can’t say anything without offending someone!” That’s basically this meme’s point. We’ve seen a lot of discussion in the past couple of decades about political correctness, and it seems to have increased in the past two years as the 2016 presidential campaigns got[…]

Debunking The “We Survived It” Memes

One of several memes with similar themes I’ve been seeing internet memes along this theme for a few years now — not to mention hearing these ideas expressed via conversation. The implication is always: “these stupid modern rules are unnecessary”, the “proof” being that “we survived without those rules”. Some of the memes are more[…]

‘If There Are Gods’ : A Bogus Quote From Marcus

Often attributed to Marcus Aurelius The quotation embedded in the image at right is often attributed to Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161-180 CE, the words said to come from Meditations, a series of private writings by Aurelius which he likely never intended to be public. For searchability reasons, the quote is as follows: “Live[…]

‘ISIL Isn’t Muslim’ = Non Sequitur

Screenshot of tweet, seen on Facebook This edition of Stupid Meme Saturday focuses on the logical fallacy known as non sequitur, which means the conclusion does not follow from the premises. The example provided here, at right, is a screenshot of a tweet that someone posted on Facebook. “ISIS just bombed a mosque in the[…]

‘The Paradox Of Our Time’ Isn’t A Paradox And Isn’t True

A poorly copied version found on Facebook View it larger You’ve probably heard or read one version or another of the short essay “The Paradox Of Our Age” (or “Paradox Of Our Time”), and — depending on the context in which you heard it — it might have seemed poignant. It’s often attributed to the[…]

Distracted From The Forest By The Bathroom Trees

The meme in question this week Unlike previous editions of Stupid Meme Saturday, I didn’t find this meme liked or shared by family and/or friends, but it randomly appeared on my Facebook timeline anyway. This one says: “While the media keeps you distracted by bathrooms, Social Security recipients did not receive a cost of living[…]

Shooting A Trans Deer

The trans deer hunter In this edition of Stupid Meme Saturday, we find a person so opposed to letting humans choose/use bathrooms that they invented what they thought was the perfect analogy: a hunter who illegally killed a buck but tries to convince the game warden that the deer is really a female. (For future[…]

How To Convert An Atheist

This is the meme in question, with my question typed on it at bottom I can’t quite decide whether to call this recurring segment “Debunking Silly Christian Memes” or “Stupid Meme Saturday”, but maybe it doesn’t need a name. But it does need doing. No, I’m not searching out memes to debunk; that would be[…]

Deconstructing the “Bible Vs. Science” Meme

Categories: Religion, Science
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Published on: 2015.10.22

Click image to see it full size You’ve probably seen this meme if you follow Bible-pushers on social media. It purports to say “the Bible was right all along” while “science is only catching up to the Bible”. Unlike several I’ve seen, this one cites chapter and verse, which makes it easier to fact-check. One[…]

Strawman: A Logical Fallacy Explained

Seen this meme posted by your conservative friends? It’s a classic strawman fallacy. Click here to see it larger. Ah the strawman, my least favorite logical fallacy. As luck would have it, I was considering a blog entry — or series of them — about the various logical fallacies used in political and religious debates,[…]

Dissecting False Dichotomies

Left or Right (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry.) It recently struck me that we live in a world of false dichotomies. I don’t pretend to know how it began, or why, but so many questions have been distilled into two opposite answers. Good and evil. Republican and Democrat. Cheap or Expensive. Worthwhile or[…]

Inter-Fetal Conversation Proves God Exists?

Categories: Religion
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Published on: 2015.04.20

Did you hear the one about the two babies in the womb? I’m not sure who wrote it — things like this get passed around social media without attribution, which is probably one of the worst things about social media. Anyway, in shortened form, it goes like this: “Two babies were in a mother’s womb.[…]

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