A Letter to Teachers
I've gotten quite a few emails from teachers wanting to share facts and projects from this site with their classes. While I'd be honored to be part of your students' education, there is one very important thing which I think you should know before you proceed:
UndeniableFacts.com is a joke. Not only are the facts on this site deniable, they're completely wrong! While individual details may be true in some cases, the general premise of every single fact on this site is false.
The videos on the site are fake as well. The "science experiments" are hoaxes orchestrated through camera tricks and computer graphics, and we have researched them carefully to make sure that none of them actually work.
So why have we created this elaborate sham?
The site is a statement on the sorry state of critical thinking in our culture. The voracity of the public's appetite for misinformation knows no bounds, and unscrupulous capitalists provide an all-you-can-eat buffet. Their menu offers such nonsense as UFOs, psychics, chiropractors, crop circles, scientology, infomercials, diet pills ... the list goes on and on.
The real undeniable fact is that people simply aren't skeptical enough. We are trained - and perhaps instinctively compelled - to accept information based on the credibility of its source. This alone can be dangerous, but unfortunately, we are also becoming increasingly inclined to accept information based simply on the forcefulness with which it is presented.
Our brand of humor is certainly dry, and we have been a little surprised that so many people either accept the "facts" or don't get the joke. Of course, if you realize that the facts are intentionally false, they're pretty amusing. We have endless fun coming up with them, as well as writing lengthy, scientific sounding explanations for age-old special effects.
While you may think that we're cynical, we really do earnestly hope and believe that the situation can change. Which is why we have created this page, the only page on the entire site which does not contain any bald-faced lies. This page is here because we have a request: please try to give your students a little push in the right direction. Maybe put a question on a test where the correct answer is "He's just trying to screw with your head so he can scam you." Or maybe just emphasize the importance of fact checking a little bit more. Heck, I don't know. You're the teacher. But please, please, help us to dam the raging river of over-trust.
While you may think we're cruel for trying to fool you, remember: we showed you how to "make" magnetic water. But at least we didn't try to sell you any.