@FakeScience For when the facts are too confusing.

@sosadtoday Lady Macbeth

@FakeAPStylebook Style tips for proper writing.

@AcademicsSay A social experiment

@Queen_UK Queen of everywhere you'd want to visit.

@DystopianYA I never asked for this, but turns out I'm the only one who can save us.

@NoToFeminism lol feminsim no thanks

@manwhohasitall Writer, journalist, author.

@BettyFckinWhite I'm not Betty F*ckin' White, Yo! Seriously I'm not Betty.

@Bored_Ghost Middle class ghost just floating about

Fake It and Make It: Important Life Lesson Despite Questionable Science?
by Suzette....

It’s happened to all of us – that moment when we have struggled to find our confidence, have doubted our abilities, have even foregone an opportunity because we weren’t 100% certain that we were qualified or even worthy. These experiences explain why Amy Cuddy’s research, in collaboration with Andy Yap and Dana Carney, about the effects of “power posing” was so appealing – appealing enough to garner more than 40 million views for Cuddy’s 2012 TEDGlobal talk entitled Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.


Fake News: a Problem to Confront in the Classroom
by Maura

One of the most common phrases we heard throughout the 2016 presidential election was “fake news,” as the American public was inundated with stories from untrustworthy “media” outlets that ranged from exaggerations to flat-out lies. The confusion was aided not only by Donald Trump, a conspiracy theorist himself whose chief strategist (Breitbart’s Steve Bannon) is a fake news professional, but by the meddling of the Russian government, an entity exceptionally familiar with the concept. The dissemination of fake news (or as Trump associate Kellyanne Conway prefers to call it, “alternative facts”) had an immeasurable impact on the 2016 presidential election, and continues to play a frightening role in the fragmentation of our country – a role that those of us in higher ed. have an obligation to acknowledge, and work to diminish. 

In some cases, this dissemination of fiction masquerading as fact has even resulted in violence and criminal activity: take the example of Edgar Maddison Welch, who in December entered Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C. and opened fire with an assault rifle, provoked by a false conspiracy theory that Hilary Clinton campaign officials were abusing children on-site. The story that came to be called “pizzagate” was promoted on a number of far-right fake news sites, most notably the popular Infowars, run by infamous conspiracy-monger Alex Jones. Infowars has promoted a host of offensive lies over the past few years, including the theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax perpetrated by gun control advocates, rhetoric that has prompted some Jones fanatics to harass and threaten victims’ families. 

…And the list goes on. The moral of the story? Fake news isn’t just politically problematic: it’s endangering people’s lives.


'Hemingway Didn't Say That' (And Neither Did Twain Or Kafka)

Robert Siegel and Connor Donevan from All Things Considered talk to Garson O'Toole about "Fake Quotes." 

Listen to the story and then check out Quote Investigator to see which quotes you've been getting wrong.

that Satisfy Your Palate
by Suzette....

Two non-“alternative” facts about me: (1) I love to eat and (2) I really love to eat sweets. The facts being as they are, I am always on the hunt for outstanding “alternative” recipes that substitute healthier ingredients for fattening and unhealthy ones. So I thought I would give this Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake from EatingWell Magazine a try. It mixes the sweetness of blueberries and tartness of lemon, while also using less refined sugar, adding no oil, and trading bleached all-purpose flour for whole-wheat flour – all of which are healthier choices to make. 

Before assembling the ingredients, I read the comments and tips and incorporated a few suggestions, such as placing the eggs in lukewarm water before cracking them into the mixture (which makes for fluffier cake batter) and coating the blueberries in flour before folding them in (to prevent runniness while baking). The result was, in fact, delicious – just the right amount of sweet and tart to make this cake lover happy! I hope you too will enjoy this healthier alternative – it’s no joke.


Have you faked it? by Jacque
We asked you this very personal question this week and YOU ANSWERED! Thank you to everyone who opened up to us and told us about your faking it (or not) experiences.