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30-07-2017, 08:09 PM
At the Ohio State Fair
We went to the Ohio State Fair yesterday. One of the peddlers was selling baseball caps that said "Keep praying and wait for something to happen." At first I was amused because to me that sounds like something a skeptic would say. However, below in fine print it said "Jesus loves you" so I'm not sure.

There was another one selling magnetic bracelets to cure just about everything. He had a list of ailments (must have been 100 or so) and a bracelet for each. Isn't there a law against making those kinds of claims in order to sell stuff?

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30-07-2017, 11:35 PM
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(30-07-2017 08:09 PM)f stop Wrote:  ... There was another one selling magnetic bracelets to cure just about everything. He had a list of ailments (must have been 100 or so) and a bracelet for each ...

Somewhere in those 100 ailments was "delusional" but its bracelet probably wasn't a big seller - nobody needs a cure for what they don't have Tongue
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31-07-2017, 01:03 AM
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(30-07-2017 08:09 PM)f stop Wrote:  Isn't there a law against making those kinds of claims in order to sell stuff?

If there was, then a whole *bunch* of people would immediately go out of business. Stiffing rubes is an honourable profession. Just ask any politician.

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31-07-2017, 10:22 AM
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(30-07-2017 08:09 PM)f stop Wrote:  There was another one selling magnetic bracelets to cure just about everything. He had a list of ailments (must have been 100 or so) and a bracelet for each. Isn't there a law against making those kinds of claims in order to sell stuff?

In many places there are laws against false advertisement. Usually, woo peddler can get around them by saying that those magnetic bracelets may help cure just about everything. The slight addition of uncertainty and a more vague language allow them to operate. Placebo may help cure pretty much anything, thus it's not lying.

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31-07-2017, 10:34 AM
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(30-07-2017 08:09 PM)f stop Wrote:  We went to the Ohio State Fair yesterday. One of the peddlers was selling baseball caps that said "Keep praying and wait for something to happen." At first I was amused because to me that sounds like something a skeptic would say. However, below in fine print it said "Jesus loves you" so I'm not sure.

There was another one selling magnetic bracelets to cure just about everything. He had a list of ailments (must have been 100 or so) and a bracelet for each. Isn't there a law against making those kinds of claims in order to sell stuff?

I would hope so. I reported some stuff i was getting in the US Mail about copper and Titanium curing diabetes as well as high blood pressure and was told that they were put out of business.
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31-07-2017, 11:53 AM
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(30-07-2017 08:09 PM)f stop Wrote:  We went to the Ohio State Fair yesterday. One of the peddlers was selling baseball caps that said "Keep praying and wait for something to happen." At first I was amused because to me that sounds like something a skeptic would say. However, below in fine print it said "Jesus loves you" so I'm not sure.

There was another one selling magnetic bracelets to cure just about everything. He had a list of ailments (must have been 100 or so) and a bracelet for each. Isn't there a law against making those kinds of claims in order to sell stuff?

I saw the baseball hat guy. Just laughed when he gave me a dirty look because of my "science doesn't care about your beliefs" shirt.
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31-07-2017, 12:27 PM
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(31-07-2017 11:53 AM)ohio_drg Wrote:  
(30-07-2017 08:09 PM)f stop Wrote:  We went to the Ohio State Fair yesterday. One of the peddlers was selling baseball caps that said "Keep praying and wait for something to happen." At first I was amused because to me that sounds like something a skeptic would say. However, below in fine print it said "Jesus loves you" so I'm not sure.

I saw the baseball hat guy. Just laughed when he gave me a dirty look because of my "science doesn't care about your beliefs" shirt.

I would've bought a couple. It describes the religious view on life perfectly. I swear my 6 yo grand daughter is more literate than most of these fools.

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31-07-2017, 05:33 PM
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(30-07-2017 08:09 PM)f stop Wrote:  We went to the Ohio State Fair yesterday. One of the peddlers was selling baseball caps that said "Keep praying and wait for something to happen." At first I was amused because to me that sounds like something a skeptic would say. However, below in fine print it said "Jesus loves you" so I'm not sure.

There was another one selling magnetic bracelets to cure just about everything. He had a list of ailments (must have been 100 or so) and a bracelet for each. Isn't there a law against making those kinds of claims in order to sell stuff?

it's a fair. Buying stupid stuff is half the fun.
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01-08-2017, 09:10 AM
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At the fair, at the fair,
where I first saw the light
and the Ferris wheel broke and rolled away....

Don't let those gnomes and their illusions get you down. They're just gnomes and illusions.

--Jake the Dog, Adventure Time

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01-08-2017, 09:23 AM
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(01-08-2017 09:10 AM)Old Man Marsh Wrote:  At the fair, at the fair,
where I first saw the light
and the Ferris wheel broke and rolled away....
It was there by faith I received my sight
And now I am happy all the day.


That old gospel song you mangled there, is a perfect illustration of the value proposition of fundamentalist religious faith: clarity of sight / certitude and unsullied, continual happiness.

Too bad it's not true; the certitude is fake, the happiness, you're expected to fake.
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