Top 10 Ways You’re Being DECEIVED Without Even Knowing It


Top 10 Ways You’re Being Deceived Without
Even Knowing It 10. Live Television When you are told that something is live television,
it’s not technically true. To avoid anything objectionable ending up on a live broadcast,
TV networks use a 5-7 second delay. At the network’s control booth, they have two broadcasts
up — the live one, and the delayed one they are sending out to people’s cable boxes.
If they see something wrong they can cut the feed to something else, or black it out before
the delayed feed reaches audiences. Of course this doesn’t always work perfectly;
Fox News once failed to censor something quick enough, and accidentally showed a suicide
on the air. However, sometimes the delay and censors aren’t actually at work, even when
they should be. This is presumably because the network thinks that the broadcast is safe
enough that there won’t be any possible problems. 9. Oil Changes We’ve all heard that we should change our
oil every 3,000 miles, and many of us still believe it. There used to be some truth to
this, but cars these days really don’t need the oil changed that often. Experts suggest
a better guideline, if you are looking for an average, would be about 7,500 miles. However,
some mechanics caution against using any hard and fast rule at all, and instead suggest
you check your particular car’s manual to see how long it should go, and also factor
in the kind of driving you do. If you put your car through very stressful driving, you
should probably change the oil sooner rather than later. Now, you might say that it shouldn’t hurt
if you change it extra, right? Well, the thing is that not only is there an environmental
impact to throwing out oil unnecessarily, but if you are changing your oil more than
you need to, you are basically wasting money. 8. Hard Drives Have you ever bought a computer or hard drive
and, after getting it all set up, what’s inside seems to be significantly less than
what you were told? Don’t worry — your new machine isn’t defective, you’re just
being deceived. If it isn’t an external hard drive, some
space will be taken up by your computer’s operating system, and if it is external, some
of this space is occupied by software that was already installed before you bought it.
However, this does not nearly account for all of the promised space that you are now
missing, so what gives? The thing is, hard drive manufacturers are incredibly shady,
and while what they are doing isn’t exactly illegal, it’s pretty unethical. When putting
the information on the box, they use a base 10 numbering system to make it seem bigger,
but your computer actually counts it using base 2. For a small amount of data, the difference
doesn’t add up much, but when you start going for the really large amounts of storage
you can easily lose tens of gigabytes of storage space. Recent updates to Macs have solved
this problem, deciding to use the same numbering system as the hard drive manufacturers to
avoid confusion. 7. Ovens Even those who don’t cook are probably used
to the phrase “preheat your oven to 350 degrees.” This temperature is seen in an
incredible amount of cookbooks and recipes, and most people have simply accepted it as
the gospel truth. The thing is, when ovens first gained a more accurate thermostat, the
temperature in the range of 350 degrees was considered good for most things, but was often
simply used for this reason alone, and never tested on specific recipes. But your oven doesn’t stay at 350 degrees
anyway, so it doesn’t really matter. When you preheat your oven it usually starts by
going well above the temperature you requested and then goes back down, but it doesn’t
just reach 350 and stay there because ovens don’t like doing what they’re told. Instead,
the temperature fluctuates as it cooks and hopefully manages an average of the temperature
you are hoping for; that is if your oven controls are properly calibrated in the first place. 6. Radar Guns Police radar guns work much like a boomerang,
in that something is thrown at your car and then comes back to the police officer. That
something is a radio wave, and the gun can tell the officer how large a citation to write
out for you based on how quickly it reaches the gun again. Radar guns can be inaccurate
though, because they work best in a straight line, and a cop can only get an angle so good
without parking his car directly in front of traffic. Unfortunately for those of you wishing to
challenge a speeding ticket, these inaccuracies usually result in the cop ending up with a
slower speed rather than a faster one, and they also can bring up how fast they personally
thought you were going when you try to challenge it in court, using their professional assessment
as evidence. However, sometimes people do get off scot-free. One teen in the UK was
convicted of going 126 MPH, but ended up with all charges completely thrown out because
the prosecution did not have any experts who could testify in regards to the calibration
of the radar gun. 5. Radio Shows One of the most common fixtures of radio shows
is people calling in to voice their opinions. This entertains us, and allows for audience
interaction. However, it turns out many of these callers aren’t local people with something
to say, but rather paid actors. There is even a service called Premiere On Call, which hires
voice actors solely for the purpose of calling into radio shows. While POC is owned by Premier
Radio Networks, which plays host to such bombastic personalities as Rush Limbaugh, Limbaugh himself
has denied ever using anything but real callers on his show. Now, we aren’t saying that all radio callers
are actors — it wouldn’t make sense for a radio station to pay for every single call
you hear, especially the more mundane ones. However, at least in the US, prank calls are
no longer real. A law was passed saying that you can’t put someone on the radio without
their consent, which means the person is going to know well beforehand that they are being
recorded, ruining the prank. Radio stations that still want to run prank calls for the
entertainment value have now been forced to start paying for faked prank calls. 4. Facebook Most of us probably have a love/hate relationship
with Facebook. We don’t really like it or the way they do things, but everybody uses
it to stay in touch, especially over long distances. Facebook has become a ubiquitous
part of our lives, and seems to be an unstoppable juggernaut at this point. As is the case with a lot of empires, it has
become a bloated leviathan that believes it can get away with anything. The latest abuse
of users by Facebook is through fake “likes” that can put any of us in a compromising situation.
Have you ever been on Facebook when it tells you that someone you know likes a page you
can’t possibly imagine them liking? Well, it turns out that a lot of people never “liked”
the page in question at all. Not only that, but simply by sending a message to a page,
likes can be generated that you had no intention of creating, and Facebook will tell your friends
that you like a page and put “related content” underneath that you would never support in
people’s newsfeeds. Perhaps it is unsurprising then, that Facebook is constantly under fire
from advertisers for click fraud, which has led to multiple lawsuits. 3. Sick Notes It’s a pretty good bet that if you have
a job, there has been a point where you needed to take a few sick days. Of course your employer
wants to get as much work out of you as possible and doesn’t trust you either, so they demand
proof of your illness. While this demand is annoying, it seems somewhat reasonable and
there really isn’t anything you can do about it. Except for the part where your employer’s
sick leave policy may be against the law. You see, many employers will demand that their
employees provide them with a note and ask for some details of the ailment. While this
may seem like a fairly innocuous request, it turns out that courts have actually ruled
employers are not allowed to demand details of the diagnosis. However, this doesn’t
get you off the hook if you are trying to skip out of work. What your employers can
ask for is a note, signed by your doctor, that states when you can come back to work
and certifies that you needed the time off for medical reasons. 2. Lather, Rinse, Repeat There may not be that many people who see
those instructions printed on a bottle of shampoo and actually follow them. In fact,
most of us probably believe that these instructions are simply a marketing gimmick. However, it
turns out in this case that the lie is the opposite of what you might think. You see,
back in the day there actually was a reason for these instructions — people didn’t
wash nearly as much as they do now, so their hair got really nasty and they needed to shampoo
twice to get all the oils out. Today, with people showering much more than
they used to, some companies have removed the repeat entirely, or made it sound more
optional, with only a few companies still leaving this archaic term in place. Even saying
these companies are simply trying to trick you out of your money is likely inaccurate,
because it depends on how much you wash. Experts say that if you don’t shower regularly then
it might still be a good idea to give yourself two shampoos. In this case, it’s the people
who think it’s just a marketing ploy who have it wrong. 1. Flight Mode If you have ever been on a plane, you’ve
had the usual flight attendant presentation, including the part where they make sure that
everyone turns off their electronic devices. However, there is really very little evidence
supporting their concerns. The Mythbusters tested this theory out, and couldn’t find
evidence of cell phone signals being any real danger to a plane’s operation. Now, this is not to say that cell phones do
nothing whatsoever, but evidence has shown that any interference is no more than a minor
nuisance. And there have been no recorded cases of cell phone interference bringing
down a plane, or even being part of the cause of an accident. And it seems that the FAA
is finally beginning to make things right, recently convening to come up with new, more
relaxed rules, in response to passenger demand to yak with friends and play Candy Crush at
38,000 feet.

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