Adam exposes why shoe companies that give away free footwear do more harm than good, and explains why you should stop giving food pantries your leftover canned goods.
Adam sets his sights on security, explaining that airport security wastes too much of our time and money, medicine safety seals do nothing to protect us, and your credit card number isn't remotely secure.
In this episode, Adam revealed the surprising truths behind car dealerships, unearthed the dirty little secrets of car ownership, explained how auto manufacturers turned "jaywalking" into a crime and much more. Here are his sources.
Adam uncovers the scary truth behind unreliable methods that are commonly used to build evidence in criminal cases. He explains why polygraph machines are pseudoscientific hokum, demonstrates why your memories cannot be trusted, and exposes the flaws of forensic sciences like fingerprinting, hair strand matches and bite mark analysis - which often send innocent people to jail.
In this episode, Adam dives deep into the hidden truths of dining out. He explains why tipping is a custom we'd be better off without, shows that even experts can't tell the difference between fancy wines, and reveals that fraudulently labeled seafood is rampant in the restaurant industry.
Adam reveals that the term "halitosis" was popularized in a 1920s ad campaign that used cruel ads to make people insecure about their breath, and explains why running water is one of the greatest miracles of the modern age.
Adam explores the twisted history of the Electoral College, explaining that the Founding Fathers did not want most Americans to vote. He also takes a stab at fixing a political system that seems rigged against true democracy.
Adam shows how the 40-hour work week not only exhausts employees but also harms businesses, reveals the legal mess of hiring interns and freelancers, and explores how discussing your salary with co-workers is actually a good thing.
In Adam Ruins Everything, host Adam Conover employs a combination of comedy, history and science to dispel widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. A perfect blend of entertainment and enlightenment, Adam Ruins Everything is inviting, fast-paced and, above all, smart. Adam is like that friend who knows a little bit too much about everything and is going to tell you about it..whether you like it or not. Adam Ruins Everything isn't just fun to watch, but addictively informative. It's everything you didn't want to need to know. Produced by Big Breakfast, the show was born out of a popular CollegeHumor original series that has generated more than 30 million views since premiering online with the video "Why Engagement Rings Are a Scam" in early 2014.
In Adam Ruins Everything, host Adam Conover employs a combination of comedy, history and science to dispel widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. A perfect blend of entertainment and enlightenment, Adam Ruins Everything is inviting, fast-paced and, above all, smart. Adam is like that friend who knows a little bit too much about everything and is going to tell you about it..whether you like it or not. Adam Ruins Everything isn't just fun to watch, but addictively informative. It's everything you didn't want to need to know.
Adam hits the gridiron to show why the playoffs almost never determine which team is best, and explores how hydration myths that have been spread by sports drink companies are putting kids at risk. Adam also tackles the topic of football-related brain injuries, illuminating how much the game must change if it is to remain part of our culture.
A couple's wedding day is here, but Adam's gift of information, like the fact that most wedding "traditions'" were created by consumerism, may rain on the parade.
Adam and Emily go on a shopping spree of knowledge. He illustrates that malls were created as tax loopholes for greedy developers and are now crumbling under their own weight, and outlet stores are a scam selling purpose-made, low quality merchandise. Also, Adam shows how nutrient supplements are often dangerously unregulated concoctions of garbage ingredients. Emily bursts Adam's bubble by showing that nearly all eyeglasses are made by one manufacturer that hugely inflates prices thanks to their monopoly on the industry.
In this episode, Adam explores how purebred dogs are genetic monsters created by bored Victorians, that domestic cats are hugely overpopulated lethal killing machines that threaten other animals, and how wild animal trophy hunting can actually help endangered species in the long run.
Adam takes us on a journey to illustrate that an expensive border wall wouldn't keep out the majority of immigrants who enter legally and overstay their visas. He then explores how the relatively recent militarization of the Mexican-American border has created an illegal immigrant problem where there wasn't one before, racist mass deportations have historically led to disaster, and immigration courts are a huge mess that are broken from top to bottom.
Adam Ruins Housing: Adam gets evicted from his home, and while searching for a new place, he exposes the harsh realities of real estate. Plus, Adam explains why helping the homeless is a lot simpler and more straightforward than you might think.
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