Are you sure about that?

Here’s a video that lists 50 things invented in the 50 United States.

(via Laughing Squid)

But before you say 「へぇぇぇ」… try confirming. As you should do with anything you find on the internet.

A real conversation I have had with students, all too frequently:

Me: “That’s interesting. Where did you find that information?”

Student: “On the internet.”

And no, “On Google” is not any better.

So the language task for today is to take one of these “facts” and try to find some evidence that supports (or refutes) it.

Another thing you could do is to start a similar list of things that were invented in Japanese prefectures, or in the states or prefectures, or provinces of another country you are studying.

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