my students have said to me recently." These included things like
"Cutting a child's hair will make her grow taller" and "Drinking milk
will make your skin pale." I find it part amusing and part
frustrating that my students seem to say and believe almost anything
without actually reasoning through it or looking it up. (In my
writing class, critical thinking is one of the areas in which my
students need the most help.)
A few people wrote back and gently reminded me that we all say
ridiculous things too. So, in an exercise in cultural humility on my
part, I thought I would even the playing field and present some of the
ridiculous statements that Americans say without actually reasoning
through them or looking them up:
Carrots make your eyesight better.
Playing Mozart to your unborn baby makes him smarter.
Columbus discovered America.
Coffee cures a hangover.