Who Do You Trust?


This is my “I don’t believe you” look.

They’re everywhere. Ads that catch your attention and try to draw you in to visit a web site so they can sell you more things. The initial sensationalism is meant to upset your belief system or your sense of security enough to have you searching for answers. Answers are not what you’ll find of course.

It would be interesting to do an article on the variety, and the most ridiculous of these sensational “click bait” advertisements. For now though, I wanted to just take notes about one of them. It told me that my beard was filthier than an alley cat.

My first thought was not: “I must know more about my filthy beard.” My first thought was: “That’s no way to start a conversation.” Do you know anyone who tells you your beard is dirty? This is insulting if you’re a man. If you’re a woman it’s doubly insulting.

Rude! But this ain’t no trick. It’s for real! Some scientists actually did a study. And then they published their discoveries, not in medical journals, not in science magazines, not even on collegiate sites. They had the wisdom to post their scientific brilliance on a site concerned with such contemporary dilemmas as whether your 5G is performing the way it should, and whether plastic grocery bags mess with your reproductive system, and whether dying your hair makes you look younger.

All of these are important issues, I’m sure. The most important of all though is whether my cat knows he’s 100 times cleaner than the hair on my face.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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