Never has there been so much pseudoscience dangerously spreading around. Cow urine and bleach have been falsely named as COVID-19 cures. Other common fake statements include that the pandemic was leaked as a bioweapon, a byproduct of 5G wireless technology, and a political hoax. The explosion of this kind of false information surged just like coronavirus cases, and the World Health Organization called it the “infodemic.”

Luckily, many people, not just scientists, medics, and policymakers, have stood up for quality information. One such example is the subreddit “Facebook Science,” which has very little if anything to do with science. “Facebook has countless science-based pages,” states the page’s description and adds: “But this isn't about those, it's about the science-denying pseudo-intellectuals who think they know better than centuries of scientific understanding and aren't afraid to leave comments arguing even the most simple of concepts.”

In order to show the absurdity of it, more than 43k members of the community are sharing and calling out the most ridiculous posts, arguments, pics and comments they have spotted online. Below are some of the worst examples they shared.

#1

Masks Bad

Masks Bad

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Becky Moore
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel like my hearing seems to go when I have a mask on...either that or I lip read way more than I realise and my hearing has stayed the same :P

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To find out more about the Facebook Science subreddit and the community behind it, Bored Panda spoke with its only moderator named Yunners. “The genesis of the sub came from a YouTuber called Aron Ra that featured a video on the Ken Hamm Facebook page and the comments found therein. Hamm is a Christian fundamentalist that tries to teach children that the world is only 6000 years old and takes the Bible literally. Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, everything,” the moderator explained.

#2

Her Own Son

Her Own Son

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#3

Why Study Science?

Why Study Science?

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Starting from the pictures to the writings, every bit of this is an absolute gem!

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#4

Lol Forever At “The Devil’s Doorbell

Lol Forever At “The Devil’s Doorbell

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.“Obviously a lot of that is at odds with scientific consensus, so as you can imagine, his Facebook page is full of the most gibberish claptrap you're likely to find anywhere, and his followers just lap it up.” This is what gave Yunners the idea to start a subreddit that collects similar posts across all social media to highlight the sheer amount of misinformation out there.

The moderator added that “Initially it was to laugh at idiotic ideas that people have about the shape of the Earth, weird home remedies and other nonsense pseudoscience beliefs that people buy into.”

#5

Thanks For Trying

Thanks For Trying

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Aman Varkkey
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The one study that said it was about the link between autism and the digestive system. It also says in the paper further studies are needed to prove the link between vaccines and autism which never happened. The guy who wrote it wanted to sell his vaccine which was shady.

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#6

Vaccinations vs. Seat Belts - Anti Vaxxers Flawed Logic

Vaccinations vs. Seat Belts - Anti Vaxxers Flawed Logic

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WilvanderHeijden
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's what you get when you lose a lot of time on school shooter drills. Time that should have been used to educate.

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#7

Bush Did 9/11

Bush Did 9/11

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Meeple13
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love the fact that planes can't fly over land

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When asked why, in their view, so many people believe in false pseudoscientific things, Yunners believes that it can be any number of things. Like, “problems with the education systems, issues with critical thinking ability, fundamentalist religious upbringing, creationism being sold as a 'science' in Bible Belt America doesn't help things either, etc.”

#8

*mic Drop*

*mic Drop*

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#9

Anti-Masker Who Thinks Covid-19 Is A Hoax Accidentally Makes A Case For How Quarantines Work

Anti-Masker Who Thinks Covid-19 Is A Hoax Accidentally Makes A Case For How Quarantines Work

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Rijkærd
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Too bad they can't read...these ones are the copy-paste- share gurus...

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#10

That’s Not How Flu Shots Work

That’s Not How Flu Shots Work

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Blue Purple
Community Member
9 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

well now we know the Virgin Mary was just the Vaccinated Mary

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When the pandemic started, The World Health Organization announced another endemic—the infodemic, which is basically when too much information, including false or misleading information, is propagated in digital and physical environments during a disease outbreak.

We asked Yunners if they have seen any of this shared on the subreddit. “Absolutely! When the pandemic hit, a lot of the anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists came out of the woodwork to spew any and all beliefs they had,” the mod said and added that “Unfortunately a lot of these people had prominent positions in the media and politics, so they already had a platform and followers to lap it up.”

#11

This Has To Be The Dumbest Question Ever Asked By An Antivaxxer

This Has To Be The Dumbest Question Ever Asked By An Antivaxxer

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shae
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait until this guy hears that the phone he posted this on wasn't grown on a tree

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#12

That’s Not…oh My God

That’s Not…oh My God

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Adam C
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is why tiktok is such a huge success.

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#13

Ah Yes, The Saltshaker Version Of Jesus

Ah Yes, The Saltshaker Version Of Jesus

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According to Yunners, spreading pseudoscientific statements is essentially harmful. “All it takes is the wrong person to risk their life based on this newfound information, next thing you have flat Earthers killing themselves in homemade rockets to try and disprove the globe, anti-vaxers refusing covid vaccines and dying from it as a result, then you have the new-age healers that drink their own urine or try to survive on air alone, causing physical damage to themselves.”

#14

An English Scientist Appeared On Facebook This Morning

An English Scientist Appeared On Facebook This Morning

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#15

That’s Not How Gravity Works

That’s Not How Gravity Works

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Ranch Dressing
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now I'm not a scientist but I assume he's confusing pressure with gravity

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#16

Veganism Is Satanic

Veganism Is Satanic

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Thenatural
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All because your mum made you eat the broccoli....

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The creator of the subreddit added that “There's definitely a problem with responsibility (or lack thereof) when it comes to sharing pseudoscience as fact.”

“I think education is part of the problem,” the moderator said. “Another issue is that once you start down the rabbit hole, you start to distrust any official source of information because of the Illuminati, Freemasons, Reptilians or whatever the flavor of the week is for the conspiracy nuts,” they concluded.

#17

Want To Think About That A Minute Longer?

Want To Think About That A Minute Longer?

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Zedrapazia
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A mammal is an animal that gives birth to living, warm blooded offspring which it nurtures with milk. Did your child came out of the void as s lizard, craving for the sould of the unholy?

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#18

Airplanes

Airplanes

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#19

Vaccine Bad

Vaccine Bad

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the creator is an example of the effect of hitting your head at a young age.

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#20

Another Anti Vaxxer Gets "The Clap"

Another Anti Vaxxer Gets "The Clap"

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#21

Learning Makes You Dumber, Apparently

Learning Makes You Dumber, Apparently

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Truth Monster
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a garbage in-garbage out. You can read nothing but trash and be as ignorant as when you started. Depends on your material.

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#22

"2nd Grade Science" Indeed

"2nd Grade Science" Indeed

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#24

Does Trump Standing In The Same Room As Biden For 90 Minutes, Breathing The Same Air Count As An Assassination Attempt On The Competition?

Does Trump Standing In The Same Room As Biden For 90 Minutes, Breathing The Same Air Count As An Assassination Attempt On The Competition?

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, but it technically could be viewed as an attempt by nature to get rid of an unwanted creature.

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#25

That's Not How This Works. That's Not How Any Of This Works

That's Not How This Works. That's Not How Any Of This Works

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Only if you got the live virus vaccine. Which few people can get. So don't worry.

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#26

Shared Unironically On My Timeline And Immediately Thought Of This Sub

Shared Unironically On My Timeline And Immediately Thought Of This Sub

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dolphins can also be brutal, bullying rapists, so... pick your doula carefully!

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#27

Karen? Is That You?

Karen? Is That You?

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BAN CAPITAL LETTERS
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ok how is the whole rearview mirror thing working with this setup

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#29

"I Dipped This Bowl In Liquid, Therefor The Earth Is Flat"

"I Dipped This Bowl In Liquid, Therefor The Earth Is Flat"

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Blue Purple
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

alright, so how does all that water stay up there then?

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#30

Vaccinations Unlocks Donkey Kong Mode

Vaccinations Unlocks Donkey Kong Mode

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#31

This Guy Needs Some Answers. He Can’t Wait To Hear Your Globe Earth Explain This One

This Guy Needs Some Answers. He Can’t Wait To Hear Your Globe Earth Explain This One

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Mandy Renn
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And this is why you should have listened in science class.

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#32

Salt The Wounds

Salt The Wounds

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indiecognition
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Salt water cures. For example, deli meats and salmon

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#33

Blinkingwhiteman.gif

Blinkingwhiteman.gif

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#34

Water Has Feelings Too, Guys (Seriously Wtf)

Water Has Feelings Too, Guys (Seriously Wtf)

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#35

Little Sharks Because Biology Is Irrelevant

Little Sharks Because Biology Is Irrelevant

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Rijkærd
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one listens to motivational podcasts while in the shower...

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#36

The Cure For Corona Virus

The Cure For Corona Virus

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#37

A Friend Of My Sister's Posted This Unironically

A Friend Of My Sister's Posted This Unironically

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As I'm scrolling down, the only thought revolving in my head is, "I bet the next one can't top the stupidity of this one." By now I owe myself more than 25 bucks.

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#38

The Sun Isn’t A Giant Sphere. It’s A Cluster Of Hexagons

The Sun Isn’t A Giant Sphere. It’s A Cluster Of Hexagons

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Helen Haley
Community Member
9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This just seems like someone trolling stupid people to see if they'll blind themselves.

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