5.1-5.6 Webtext PHI 210_FALL 2018.docx - 5 Sources Page 5.1 Credibility If you were obsessed with Beanie Babies in the 90s get ready to fall in love all

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5 Sources / Page 5.1 Credibility If you were obsessed with Beanie Babies in the ’90s, get ready to fall in love all over again, because the spider eggs they used to fill your favorite Beanies are beginning to hatch! …For nearly two decades now, your Beanie Babies have served as protective sacs for the spider eggs they harbor, providing a warm, dark atmosphere for the arthropods to pass through their larval stages. Manufacturer Ty Inc confirmed that each Beanie is stuffed with approximately 6,000 spider eggs, though unless you’ve been storing them in a secure, low-humidity environment, you should realistically only expect between 800 to 1,000 spiders to spawn through your Beanies’ fabric. Suppose your friend forwards you an article claiming that Beanie Babies contain brown recluse spider eggs. Provide at least two reasons why that claim is not credible based on the information in the passage above. Answers will vary, but may include: - Brown recluse spider eggs don’t lay dormant for decades. -Brown recluse spiders are venomous, so it would be incredibly dangerous, unethical, and illegal for a toy manufacturer to put these eggs in their products. -No reason is offered as to why the toy manufacturer would use spider eggs to fill children’s toys or what purpose that would serve. -The tone of the passage suggests that owners of Beanie Babies should be excited to see poisonous spiders hatching from their toys, which is so absurd that it should give a clue that the tone is more satirical than factual. Which of the following is a sign that an article might come from a fake news website? The claims presented in the article are often implausible, sensational, or not easily verified on other websites. 5 Sources / Page 5.2 Practice: Credibility Your friend posts on social media: “Mind-blowing fact! More people have died from drowning in molasses than from coyote attacks!” But is that actually true? Off the top of your head, how plausible does the above claim sound? Explain your answer. (opinion) Well at first I would say that just sounds crazy, but after researching this claim it is actually true. I would also so this is in whole though not yearly, there has been a lot of deaths from molasses then from a coyote attack.
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Based on what you know now and what you see on that site, how should you treat the creditability of the claim?
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