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Monday, January 12, 2015

IS THAT A FACT? - a cranky re-run


This cranky re-run is from January 2012.  
It received few hits, so either it sucked or 
no one reads blogs the day after New Years.

What is a fact? A fact is an assertion or statement that has yet to be disproved.  Experts love to use facts to motivate people to accepting their ideas.  People accept their “facts” and so they become…er…ah fact!

Here is a good one:

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) recently published "Meat Eater’s Guidepoints out that if you ate once less burger a week it would be the environmentally-positive equivalent of taking your car off the road for 320 miles.

It must be true because a “working group” said it; but being a cranky old man I have to ask…Wha…Wha…Wha…WHAT? 

I guess since hamburgers come from cattle, and cattle eat grass, and grass converts CO2 into Oxygen, and cattle fart methane, then eating hamburgers requires environmental-negative cattle.  Still, I question this “fact”.

Did these experts really find a way to equate one hamburger a week into a number of cattle that if removed from the environment would reduce environmental destruction by virtue of less methane and more oxygen the equivalent of driving a car 320 miles?

RT- Am I the only one that misspells a word so badly that Microsoft Word offers no suggestions? 

Is that car a Prius or a Lexus?  What size burger?  Is it a .99 Mickey Dee burger, or a big old ½ pounder? Is it one a week for how many years?  Do they mean if everyone in the world ate one less burger a week? What am I eating instead of the burger?  If I eat broccoli, wouldn’t that reduce oxygen replacing plants?  Trust me, it would certainly increase methane! 

Do I really have to feel guilty about destroying the environment because I eat a freaking hamburger? 

Did you know that if we were to remove one Environmental Working Group Member from the earth it would be the environmentally -positive equivalent of growing one half acre of alfalfa?

That’s a fact!        


  1. I love it when you get all scientific!!

  2. Follow the money Cranky...follow the money. It all becomes clear then.'

    Have a fabulous day. :)

  3. Facts or Fantasy? Well, they both begin with the same two letters so I guess they must mean the same thing.

  4. Hey, and we ALL know that cattle/livestock didn't exist until we decided they were tasty so it MUST be a new problem, not one that has been around since, oh I dunno, there were millions of bison/buffalo across the midwest?

    Either way, stop being so selfish. We invented CO2 as well, apparently. That was a dumb move.

  5. I just read that sensors on the Mars Rover detected methane. Maybe hamburger eating destroyed all Martian civilizations.

  6. I wanted to add that I always thought a fact was something that could be verified by multiple sources.

  7. That's why I don't take much stock in facts like this. Too hard to prove and too silly to make much sense.


  8. Oops, the broccoli bit hurt my ribs but that is Ok. Stephan's fact about methane on Mars was something I had heard too and wondered about. Love facts and how soon they become invalid. Tis a changing world. .

  9. I've mangled a word so badly spell checker just defaulted to copy or paste, mam?

  10. I am not a word mangler, but I DO contribute to the world's methane supply.