all those terms for when you dont really like something but someone else does and you respect that… youve heard of “not my cup of tea” and “whatever floats your boat” and now its time for this phrase to shine

lars all due respect but no the fuck it isn’t

sounds like this one just isnt your fav hentai of pennywise and that’s okay






I have spent the last 8 horrified/fascinated hours digging down the rabbit hole of a famous Cornell University marketing professor’s fake-research empire crumbling as soon as anyone actually looked at his methods and it just keeps getting crazier the more I look. Among other highlights, the Joy of Cooking copyright holders actually caught him before the scientific community did.

For reference: this is a dude who has mostly worked in the psychology of food and nutrition. He got famous for publishing a whole lot of catchy studies about what makes people eat more or less, and you’ve probably heard some of his stuff that got turned into huge media soundbites. Probably his most famous one was an experiment where they served people soup, but half the people had trick bowls that were connected with a tube to a pot of soup under the table so they constantly refilled, and he claimed people ate more without realizing. I remember reading about it in Muse when I was in middle school and everything. This dude is a tenured professor at an Ivy League school! He’s done TED talks! He’s authored books! He’s done speech tours! He was a policy advisor for the USDA!

He published a paper that requires you not to notice that the amount of food eaten by children and the amount not eaten add up to more than the amount served in all three categories.

alwaysatomicconniseur replied to your post: I have spent the last 8 horrified/fascinated hours…

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Half his papers are >40% copy-pasted from other papers of his. In one case the data table was copied over, despite allegedly being from a different study. He allegedly sent out three different surveys to three different demographics several years apart and got exactly 770 back for all of them. (In one case this was a 77% response rate. For a randomly mailed survey.) One of his papers claimed in the text to have been conducted on 8-11 year-olds, but was actually conducted on toddlers age 3-5. Another paper claimed Pringles weigh 11 grams each. (For metric-challenged Americans, that’s basically the weight of two quarters.) Sometimes what was in charts didn’t match what was reported in the paper text. Sometimes graphs were misleading. Sometimes his reported sample sizes changed within a paper.

He’s had THIRTEEN studies retracted and a bunch more amended, and has announced he’s quitting. One study got retracted twice, which has got to be some kind of record.

Stephanie Lee at Buzzfeed News seems to have been leading the journalistic charge on this, but if you feel up to reading scientists talking about statistical analysis, more of the gory details of exactly how bad this is are over here.

I especially recommend the links to James HeathersSPRITE analyses, because he’s hilarious even though I only know, like, 30% of the statistics involved. (At least read the first one, for the statistical analysis that concluded that one of the children in the study was secretly a Clydesdale.)

The Joy of Cooking thing is summarized in this New Yorker article: a letter This Dude published in 2009 claimed JoC’s recipes had gotten 44% higher in calories per serving since it was published. The people who owned the estate pointed out that he’d only looked at 18 recipes in the cookbook, out of 4500. He claimed there were only 18 that had been in it since it was first published. Since they were working on putting together a new edition, they found that there were 245. It turned out that he’d only looked at things that had exactly the same names, which resulted in comparing some totally dissimilar recipes, AND that some of the recipes he’d looked at didn’t even specify serving size. When all the rest of this broke, the Joy of Cooking Twitter dragged him into the ground in exactly the tone you would expect from the Joy of Cooking dragging someone into the ground.

In short:


The whole story has been going on for well over a year, too – Chronicle of HIgher Education ran a story on his p-hacking issues in March of 2017 when it appeared that he might just have made a few typographical errors and maybe wasn’t aware of latest developments in the field of statistics, rather than just being a full-on fraud. It’s well worth a read, they interview him and he does a very early attempt at charming spin control. 

They talk a lot about why he might have been published even if people noticed his math/methodology was wrong, the gaps in the gates at peer-reviewed journals and such, but I suspect a lot of it is that he was frequently “confirming” stereotypes about the relationship between food, self control, and obesity. 

i mean, all you have to do is confirm that fatties are weak and bad nonpeople, and everyone will fall over themselves to publish you, because they’re all terrified of fatness and become stupid with relief at the idea that they won’t become unhumaned by fat because they are not weak and bad.




Jemel Roberson, a real life hero, was murdered by police. For being black.

What command did he refuse? Why was deadly force needed? Why are police acting without any training?

Fucking remember his name. He’s the literal good guy with a gun you conservatives keep talking about and he was gunned down.

Goddamn but this one is so fucking upsetting. 

Jemel Roberson saved lives, protected ordinary citizens, wanted to be a cop himself, was dressed as security – and the cops murdered him because he was a black man with a gun. So many cops work off-duty as security guards. He could have been one of them and still gotten murdered. 

The cops in this situation need to go down. No more blue hanging with blue protection; black cops need to recognize that this could easily have been them. White cops need to realize that fellow cops who could do this to a black security guard could do this to them if they misread their race in the split-second they take to assess the situation. What if you’re Italian and the cop on the scene thinks you’re an Arab? What if you’ve got a good tan? You’re not immune, no one is.

Cops need to be punished harshly for murdering people without knowing all the facts. They do it because they know they won’t be punished for it and they’re scared; an extra split-second to size up the situation and they could get shot! Well, tough, that was the risk you signed up for when you put on the uniform. Cops are first responders, they put their lives on the line. if they’re not willing to risk their lives, then they are dangers to everyone and need to hand in their guns and badges. With great power comes great responsibility; haven’t any of these guys ever read Spider-Man?