Category Archives: Fake Friday

Fake Friday: “Fact 94 – Perhaps you should study anatomy.”

pinned to Weddings! by Rebecca Boros, curated from Tiny Facts

This popular pin annoys the crap out of me.  I’m engaged and, after I’m married, I’m going to continue to wear my engagement ring on my left hand because I like it there, and I will wear my wedding band on my right hand.  Who the fuck cares, right? Right!

But the sad fact is, people DO care about other people’s business and enjoy telling them so, often tying it into some belief, superstition or tradition, that isn’t necessarily based in fact. Misconceptions abound, and I have heard the same crap this pin touts about a super-special vein (called the vena amoris, by the way) that exists only in the left ring finger and runs directly to my heart, as if my other veins don’t ever make it to that holiest of holies.  Bitches, please!  The veins in all your fingers go to your heart.

At various times in various cultures for various beliefs/reasons, people wore their wedding rings on either hand, or a specific finger, or not at all, and still do, or don’t, sometimes because of a similar notion regarding a vena amoris. But this claim of your left ring finger harboring the most romantic vein of all, the ONLY one that goes right to your precious little heart, is false.

Another romantic notion dashed, but alas.

Here’s a different romantic notion for you – put your energy into learning to communicate with your partner rather than focusing on some supposed romanticized “tradition” that doesn’t ring true. (Ha! See what I did there?) That way, you will have a better chance of enjoying a long, happy, successful marriage.

So, wear your ring wherever it’s comfortable, and be nice to each other!

…and they lived happily ever after, amen.

Posted in Fake Friday, Quotes, Romance, Wedding | 5 Comments

Fake Friday: “The 500-Calorie Pumpkin Cream Loaf” and “Attention, Target Shoppers!”

pinned to halloween by Sharon Galvin, curated from Sunday Baker

I’m sure you’ve seen this 500-Calorie Pumpkin Cream Loaf on Pinterest, because it’s as prolific as barn weddings and ombre hair.  It’s a pin from the lovely Tanya of the delicious blog Sunday Baker from last year, but now that pumpkin season is upon us, at least in some parts of the planet, this thing is EVERYWHERE again, usually pinned with this caption…

“Only 500 Calories for the WHOLE loaf!! Pumpkin cream loaf!”

Often, there’s some extra enthusiasm, such as, “I CAN EAT THE WHOLE LOAF!”

Being curious, and cynical, and also thinking that maybe I, too, in a spate of gluttony while re-watching every episode of The Real L-Word, could EAT THE WHOLE LOAF, I clicked on the image to see what this low-calorie miracle was concocted of.

What I discovered was that although this was originally posted to the blog as a 500-calorie wonder (which would explain the initial rash of 500,000 500-calorie pins),  Sunday Baker realized there was an error in the calorie calculation and corrected the mistake. It still seems to qualify as a low-calorie cake, depending on how much you eat of it, but 500 calories a loaf it ain’t.

Oddly, or perhaps not so oddly,  considering this is Pinterest we’re talking about, none of the people currently re-pinning this “500 Calorie Pumpkin Cream Loaf” have bothered to click on the image and look at the recipe…because if they had, they’d have seen Sunday Baker’s full disclosure and best efforts to correct the initial calorie-count misconception.

Ah, Pinners, you should probably click on those links you re-pin with wild abandon. Maybe then you’d be able to zip up your pants.

And now, let’s chat about Target.

Not too long ago, I noticed they’d begun selling fetish-wear. I took a photo so you’d believe me.

Anyway, I love Target, but when I saw this super-popular pin, which seems to have been started by Mommy Savers (UPDATE: Please read Kim’s comment below for additional information!),

and claimed to decipher the markdown schedule, I was skeptical (as you all should be, too, about pretty much everything).

And, as you might have already guessed, this pin is fake. Sorry, y’all.

Hey, are you following WTFPinterest on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest?  Come on over!

Happy Friday, folks!

Posted in Fake Friday, Food, I have no idea what I just re-pinned, Words of Wisdom | 4 Comments

Fake Friday: Pinners, there is more helium in your heads than in these balloons.

This is not heliumpinned to Craft Ideas by Angela Sipahelut, curated from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

This one is all over Pinterest, most often miscaptioned like this:

“No helium needed to fill balloons for parties…..just vinegar and baking soda. Who knew!” or this, “No helium needed!” or this, “Must remember this for parties! No need to rent helium tank!”

If anyone who re-pinned this with those captions took the time to click on the link and read about this pin, or even took the time to just THINK about it, they’d know that Baking Soda + Vinegar DOES NOT = Helium, as the creator of this science experiment for kids clearly noted on her blog.

I’d love to be a fly on the wall at the home of someone who thinks she is about to use this technique to fill up a hundred balloons with helium for her kid’s birthday party. Can flies roll their eyes? Because that is what I would be doing.

So, this pin is real in the sense that it is a fun little project for your kids, but fake for the way it’s being repinned endlessly.  As we all know by now, a picture is worth a thousand misinterpretations on Pinterest, and Pinners are full of hot air.

Posted in Fake Friday, I have no idea what I just re-pinned, Kids | 5 Comments