This Post Cures and/or Causes Cancer
January 28, 2013 7:53 PM   Subscribe

The (New) Daily Mail Oncological Ontology Project tumblr, (previously) "an ongoing quest to track the Daily Mail's classification of inanimate objects into two types: those that cause cancer, and those that cure it." Inspired by The Daily Mail Oncological Ontology Project, now defunct.
posted by Scientist (7 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
The Daily Mail... this is the UK's answer to the Weekly World News, right? Where's their version of the BatBoy?
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:10 PM on January 28, 2013

Kangaroo cream could prevent skin cancer

Kangaroo... cream? Do I even want to know?
posted by asperity at 9:12 PM on January 28, 2013

It's what you get when you skim the top off of kangaroo milk, asperity.

I have no idea either.
posted by Scientist at 9:18 PM on January 28, 2013

This is sort of annoying actually, because it's distorting the evidence to lol at the Mail in the same way that the Mail consistently distorts the facts to tell the story readers want to hear.

Digging into the blog, many of the citations are passing comments buried deep in the body of article that are backed up by solid scientific evidence. For example, a review of popular family meals points out in passing in an assessment of a product that processed meat has been linked with cancer. A line in an article that is (rightly) skeptical about vitamin supplements points out in passing that studies of vitamin A and E supplements have linked them to increased cancer risk. The Mail produces voluminous amounts of copy every day, much of it about nutrition, lifestyle and health, so this kind of thing is to be expected.

That's not to excuse the constant trumpeting of early in vitro studies that the Mail likes to do, but then that's hardly uncommon.
posted by dontjumplarry at 10:05 PM on January 28, 2013

In the analog world, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
In the digital world, even the Daily Mail may be correct more often than that.
posted by Goofyy at 12:45 AM on January 29, 2013

Its not the Weekly World News, more like Parade Magazine as published by Fox News
posted by C.A.S. at 2:49 AM on January 29, 2013

Now I'm confused. Are either of these blogs related to Kill or Cure?
posted by vacapinta at 6:50 AM on January 29, 2013

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