Ok. No, false.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve been catching up on my Discovery HD programming as I surf for jobs, but I have a beef about their pre-commercial factoids. They have a statement on the screen, and then 5 seconds later, either tell you if it’s true of false, or just add some more information. For instance, the statement will be something like “Teflon was invented by NASA in the 1960s for space suits and later produced for commercial applications” and then they’ll add “False. Teflon was invented at DuPont by Roy Plunkett in 1938.” My problem with this is that they don’t tell you if it’s a true/false statement or if they’re adding more information (sometimes they preface the new information with “True” and sometimes they don’t.) A simple “true or false?” header on those screens would be extremely beneficial, be less confusing and aid in teaching, which is what I assume they’re trying to do.

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