Seeing as how that kid was faking his vacation to Heaven, it looks like "Hey, let's stop reporting made-up stuff as news" clearly wasn't among the media's resolutions this year. That's OK, though, because just like in 2014 we'll be here standing between you and the bullshit of the world like some kind of incredulous Batman (but, you know, real). It's time to continue our forever-part series calling out the various twaddle the media wants you to sop, starting with the fact that ...
6 The "1 in 3 College Men Said They'd Rape" Study Was Based on a Survey of 73 People
You probably saw this highly clickable headline just above a heated, 237-comment debate between your friend from high school and a distant uncle on Facebook:
By comment 150, it devolved into a series of female pop-star eye-roll GIFs.
Yes, if we're going by the headlines posted by MTV, Cosmopolitan, HuffPo, and Jezebel, a third of all college men would rape on a dime -- that's over 2 million people, by the way, or a bigger army of raging dongs than Genghis Khan's. The conclusion comes from a study done by the counseling department of the University of North Dakota, conducted to explore the fact that men often don't understand what legally constitutes rape and that they are more willing to commit rape when it's simply called something catchier, like "intercourse by use of force." It's a pretty terrifying observation about male attitudes toward sexual assault ... that's being completely overshadowed by the headlines above, which fail to mention that the survey in question involved a total of 86 men. Only 73 of which gave answers the study could use.
The rest left strange holes in the survey paper.