1. The time Adam told us all the truth about herpes...
Herpes (naturally) has a lot of stigma associated with it - but the facts are that it's much less of a big deal than most people think. Most peoples' herpes either exist with no symptoms at all or relatively minor ones that they never even notice. And those who do typically just see some mild bumps or rashes. If you have herpes, odds are you're just "most people."
2. The time Adam unearthed the weird reality of embalming...
That's right - embalming is a weird, expensive, disrespectful practice (popularized thanks to Abraham Lincoln's funeral tour) where your undead body is more or less treated like a stuffed animal - even though refrigeration is much cheaper and less invasive.
A little gross, but still helpful - much appreciated, Adam!
3. The time Adam explained why unpaid internships are the biggest scam in business...
In case you weren't paying attention to the disaster that was Conde Nast's unpaid internship program, here's a news alert: internships are basically indentured servitude, but without the benefits. The vague promise of a potential job opportunity leads young people to be treated like slaves for minimum wage (or less) in wildly illegal circumstances and don't actually learn any valuable skills (besides how to carry 5 coffees at once).
But to top it all off, it really doesn't even improve your chances of getting employed - the rate of employment for unpaid interns is nearly identical to the rate for people who never held an internship.
Thanks for reminding me that I totally wasted a summer interning at an accounting firm, Adam!
4. The time Adam revealed the insane reality of the electoral college...
The same argument comes up every 4 years - the electoral college doesn't make any sense. It creates a weird circumstance where your vote PRETTY MUCH doesn't matter, since most states give all their votes to only one candidate, even in the case of a 49-51 split. It's not unlikely for candidates to win the electoral college while losing the popular vote! And that's not even considering the voting power differences between states (Wyoming votes are - for some reason - the most powerful voters in the country).
And, most importantly, electors (who actually cast votes in the electoral college) can ignore the popular vote in their state and vote for whomever they want - such as the Minnesota elector who voted for "John Ewards" in 2004.
Way to tell it like it is, Adam!
5. The time Adam exposed wine snobs as being just as clueless as anyone...
You know how you always feel kinda dumb talking about wine, like you're forced to bullshit your way through describing the tastes and quality of different wines? Well guess what - you're not alone. Wine experts have even been fooled by white wine with red food coloring!
Adam, I'll never watch Frasier the same way again.
6. The time Adam showed how the TSA is just an example of "security theater"...
The TSA is at perhaps the lowest point in its existence - security lines are taking longer and longer, complaints about inappropriate behavior and methods keep coming in, and - when tested - they fail to find bombs and weapons about 95% of the time. What it boils down to is a thing called "security theater", where they give the APPEARANCE of providing security, but without actually DOING anything.
So we'll have to continue waiting in lines for nothing, but at least we know what's up - all thanks to Adam.
7. The time Adam showed us all why canned food drives were a huge waste of resources...
Sure, we all like to feel good about ourselves by donating canned goods to local food drives, but the reality is that that's a TERRIBLE solution - there's a ton of cost in transporting and sorting the cans, and that doesn't even consider the fact that about half the food that gets donated doesn't meet basic nutritional standards and can't be served to anyone (either due to expiration or high levels of sodium).
Way to retroactively ruin my attempts at charity, Adam!
8. The time Adam explained to us how jaywalking became a crime...
Why is jaywalking a crime? Why should you only be allowed to cross the street at very specific crossings? After all - shouldn't it be CARS that watch out for people, and not the other way around?
Believe it or not, the auto industry's to blame - to turn public opinion back towards the pro-car crowd and away from the pro-"Please Stop Hitting Us With Cars" one, they invented a nickname for people who crossed the streets willy-nilly, jaywalkers. They even planted stories in newspapers that blamed these "jaywalkers" for getting hit by cars. The term caught on - so well, in fact, that today it's actually illegal to "jaywalk," all because car makers didn't want to be blamed for giving people 2-ton steel projectiles that occasionally rammed into pedestrians.
History is full of weird stuff like this - and thanks to Adam, now we know.
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