Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday B.S. Roundup ~ March 29, 2013

Well, hippies, it's time for the b.s. roundup. I collect these all week and then decide which ones to feature, saving the rest for another time. Today I'm going to lead with one that only made it on my list today, although I've seen it before. It was making the rounds a few weeks ago and in fact, my dear husband shared it, too. He was sharing via his phone and didn't read the whole thing. Bad, David. ;) This is one of those which is potentially dangerous so when I saw it pop up again today I decided it deserved top billing. 

1. WD-40

What IS The Main Ingredient of WD-40? Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40? No Cheating..... 
It then goes on to list an astounding number of uses including:

  • Gives floors that just-waxed sheen without making them slippery.
  • Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles.
  • Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
And my personal favorite:
  • Folks even spray it on their arms, hands and knees to relieve arthritis pain. 
After listing all these amazing uses it makes the claim that that "main ingredient" is fish oil. Well, that sounds pretty darn safe, right? Well, if that were indeed the main ingredient, perhaps. But it isn't. The main ingredient is a petroleum-based solvent also known as "Stoddard solvent". While it does have reasonable uses under proper conditions, it is potentially dangerous. Here is the MSDS information:

Stoddard Solvent Material Safety Data Sheet

And here is some good information on potential health hazards, including the information that it can cause seizures in pets:

Toxic Substances Portal - Stoddard Solvent

And finally, Snopes takes this one on and shares the uses which the company which manufactures WD-40 actually recommends:


So if you see this one making the rounds it's actually worth correcting. We really don't want our friends mopping their kitchen floors with the stuff or using it as arthritis cream. 

2. Starbucks

Marriage equality issues are big news this week so this one isn't surprising.

At the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CEO Howard Schultz sent a clear message to anyone who supports traditional marriage over gay marriage: we don’t want your business. 

According to a report by Forbes, Schultz seemed a bit intolerant of any Starbucks shareholders who opposed gay marriage for moral or religious reasons. During the meeting, shareholder Tom Strobhar (who founded the Corporate Morality Action Center) pointed out that after the company voiced its support for a referendum backing gay marriage in Washington state, a boycott by traditional marriage supporters caused a drop in sales revenue. Schultz told him “You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company” if he did not agree with the company’s pro-gay marriage stand.
And then it links to the actual Forbes article which paints a very different picture:

Tom Strobhar, founder of the anti-gay marriage Corporate Morality Action Center complained at a shareholders meeting that Starbucks' support for gay marriage had caused the company to lose customers. Here is the response from CEO Howard Schultz:

“Not every decision is an economic decision. Despite the fact that you recite statistics that are narrow in time, we did provide a 38% shareholder return over the last year. I don’t know how many things you invest in, but I would suspect not many things, companies, products, investments have returned 38% over the last 12 months. Having said that, it is not an economic decision to me. The lens in which we are making that decision is through the lens of our people. We employ over 200,000 people in this company, and we want to embrace diversity. Of all kinds.”
The audience burst into applause and he continued:
“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.” 
I can only surmise that Joe Miller, who started this anti-Starbucks campaign figures that his readers won't actually take the time to click on the link and read it for themselves. From what I see every day, that's a pretty safe bet.

3. Bill Gates

Share this picture on Facebook and Bill Gates will give you $5000!
This ought to be a no-brainer but I've actually seen friends sharing this. No, Bill Gates is not going to give you $5000 for sharing his picture. Do I really need to explain any further?



Okay, hippies. Go forth and share the truth!


Cherie said...

Haha! The Bill Gates one has me laughing...and shaking my head.

Deanna said...

I was actually pretty surprised by some of the people I saw sharing that one.