Did Adam Conover Really Ruin Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding

The TV show Adam Ruins Everything gives comedian Adam Conover a platform to dispel some myths in our society. Last month, the show tackled parenting, including the breastfeeding versus formula feeding debate. For those who didn’t catch it, you can watch a segment here. Long story short: You aren’t a failure of a mother if you don’t breastfeed.

Throughout every episode of this show, little blurbs in the corner of the screen show citations that back up each claim. It’s hard to fact-check a comedy show while you’re enjoying it, but I thought it might be interesting to check this segment’s sources. Here are the claims in the clip and their associated citations.

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The Greater Deck of Many Things

Deck of Many Things

This artifact looks and functions very much like an ordinary deck of many things. The back of each card featured an intricate and ever-shifting ink pattern that seems at once to represent a viewer’s secret desires and a mocking grin. Those who look at the pattern for very long can almost hear a whispering voice urging them to draw a card.

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My Wife’s Going to Love This Blog Post All About How Amazing She Is

Awesome WifeSometimes, when I’m stuck for a blog topic, I ask my wife to give me a suggestion. She usually responds sarcastically with, “How about talking about your amazing wife?” Normally, I remind her that I write about parenthood, not marriage. But today I’m going to take her advice and tell you about my amazing wife.

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4 Things from our Past that Kids Think are Older than Dinosaurs

Phone and TypewriterTimes change, and while some iconic images last forever, others fade away. I’m becoming acutely aware that there are some things in my childhood media that my kids will never really understand. These tropes only really made sense in a certain time period, and that time has passed.

This change in popular consciousness is one reason why I’m not enamored with A Christmas Story. It just doesn’t represent my childhood the way it did for my parents. The movie relies on its audience sharing certain experiences, and I never listened to Little Orphan Annie or drank my Ovaltine.

So what will be our kids’ A Christmas Story? It’s hard to say what might find a niche in the public consciousness and stick around, but I’m pretty sure kids will never quite understand these things when they pop up in old media…

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The Wikipedia Problem

WikipediaOne of my favorite Hollywood stories involves Gene Wilder’s one condition for playing Willie Wonka in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:

“When I make my first entrance, I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I’m walking on and stands straight up, by itself; but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause.”

Asked why, Wilder said, “Because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”

It’s a great story that really showcases Wilder’s brilliance. Unfortunately, I’m not sure it actually happened.

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4 Great Character Introductions in Film

Casablanca

You’ve got a great film hero and you’re just dying to make audiences fall in love with the character. How do you make that happen effectively? Introducing a character is no easy task, but it helps that there are dozens of examples of great introductions in film.

The best character introductions have a few things in common. They are efficiently shot, with nothing in the frame going to waste. They tell the audience the essentials about the character, usually without a lot of dialogue. And they get viewers invested not only in the character, but the film as a whole.

The list below is by no means comprehensive, but it represents what comes to my mind when I think of great character introductions. This being a purely subjective list, it is tinted heavily by my love of pop culture. That said, I do think that each of them stand out as great moments in cinema.

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