Have You Been Fooled?

I have always been fascinated with the power of one’s culture and especially the media to influence our perceptions of reality and to change our values. Yet few people recognize or will admit these influences have the ability to change THEIR perceptions or values.

Over the years I’ve compiled a file labeled “Research Errors” filled with scientific research studies that we later came to realize were erroneous. Now, to see how errors can become facts take the brief quiz which appears below. Or better still, give this quiz to a family member or friend. Have YOU been fooled?

Fact 1: Those who were given Flintstones Vitamins as children are more likely to divorce as adults than those not given Flintstones Vitamins.

Fact 2: Foot size is related to knowledge.

Fact 3: Those who grew up eating oatmeal are more likely to develop cancer this year than those who grew up eating Sugar Frosted Flakes.

Fact 4: Those who grew up eating broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower are less likely to commit violent crimes than those who did not eat those vegetables when they were young.