Where the freakiest are the biggest

Where do the folks who write for yahoo.com get their information? I think they just make it up. Maybe the writer thought that the article “Be Careful Where You Step: the Freakiest Sinkholes Around the World” would entice more readers if they thought it was about the world’s biggest sinkholes:

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It’s not. In fact, the world’s biggest sinkhole isn’t even included in the article. But, as long as this headline attracts clicks, who cares if it’s accurate?

Maybe the writer is from Florida

If you’re looking for reliable information about your next vacation spot, I suggest you skip Yahoo! Travel. It’s not exactly a shining example of accuracy. Take this headline, for instance:

bal harbor travel

Maybe the writer is from Florida and was having flashbacks about Bal Harbour and has trouble with spelling. That could happen. Or maybe the writer has a really bad memory, and couldn’t remember the name of the town after reading about Bar Harbor, Maine. That could happen.

From a nunnery?

Do the folks who write for yahoo.com live in a cave? A nunnery? How else do you explain the writer’s ignorance of a common woman’s undergarment?

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Here’s what Ms. Saldana wore:

zoe sal omg

That “mysterious accessory around her waist” isn’t garter-like — it’s garter-belt-like. This is a garter belt; the straps hanging down are the garters:

garter belt

Grapes don’t contain calories

Isn’t this basic elementary school science?  Didn’t we learn that a calorie is a measurement of heat? Shouldn’t a person writing for yahoo.com know that a calorie is not an ingredient of food? So, how would you explain this?

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So, that’s three faces?

Someone with too much time on his hands noticed that Joaquin Phoenix’s face looks a little funny in the movie “Her.” According to Yahoo! Movies, there’s a face in the wrinkles of Mr. Phoenix’s forehead and — believe it or not — the face in the forehead also has a face and a mouth:

forehead movies

So, I pulled out my trusty abacus and figured out that there’s three faces and four mouths. But looking at the typos, I may have underestimated.

Month, year. What’s the difference?

Oh, heck, this is just a little typo. One little word is wrong and here I go pointing fingers at the folks at Yahoo! Celebrity:

months omg

It’s no big deal. So the guy was sentenced to eight years in the big house, and somebody couldn’t hold that little fact in his or her head long enough to write about it. So, someone just typed months instead of years. What’s the difference?

New national park just discovered!

Yahoo! Travel has learned of a new national park — one that hasn’t even been announced by our National Parks Service:

joshua

What a coincidence! Joshua Tree National Park is also 45 miles from the Westin Mission Hills. Before you head out to visit Joshua Springs, I suggest you verify its existence. Yahoo! writers have been known to make up the information they publish.

Don’t look here for medical info

Yahoo! Health has gotten a makeover! This is supposed to be an improvement, I suppose, over its previous incarnation. But is the content any better? If you’re seeking accurate information about health that’s also well-written, I suggest you look elsewhere. Here’s what I found in just the first article I tried to read:

wiki health 1

The verb fess, derived from the verb confess, is not considered a contraction of confess. It’s just fess; no apostrophe required.

I thought the name of this journal was a little odd; that’s because the real name is the “Journal of Medical Internet Research.” And that claim that 90 percent of medical information on Wikipedia is inaccurate? That’s wrong, too.

wiki health 2

The truth is that a study of Wikipedia information on ten common medical issues revealed that nine of the ten articles contained an error. NOT 90 percent of all medical information. That’s a huge difference and one that illustrates the writer’s inability to grasp a simple fact.

If the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (which for some strange reason is italicized) is a government website, that’s news to me. I’m sure it’s also news to ACOG:

wiki health 3

Looking for accurate health and medical information? Follow the writer’s advice and try WebMD.

Sorry, Charlie, but that’s wrong

Any sashimi lover knows the yellowfin tuna. So, I can only assume that the writers for the Yahoo! front page are more StarKist tuna types:

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That’s enough to make me angry

When I see an error as egregious as this one on the Yahoo! front page, I can get really riled up:

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If you’re angry, too, perhaps we can bond over our shared outrage. I know I get really pissed off when I read something written by a paid professional who doesn’t know the meaning of a simple word like mutual. If two people have a mutual dislike, then they dislike each other. It does not mean that they dislike the same thing.

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