I catch Adam Ruins Everything occasionally on truTV. It’s the TV version of what he originally had on the CollegeHumor website. Sometimes the show debunks ideas and other times it points out that they’re different than we think.
The format is this: A person is shown doing an activity and makes a statement about it. Adam can’t help himself but point out what’s wrong or different about that statement, and then goes into the facts behind it. The source will be listed in the corner of the screen.
This repeats a few times until the person is about to give up on whatever it was that they were so sure of, and then Adam goes into his “wait, there’s hope!” speech to explain what can be done better.
It’s a mix of things you knew, things you didn’t know, and things you could have known if you thought about them for a little bit. For example, outlet stores/factory stores are a way for a manufacturer to sell products in a store without going through another retailer like Sears. Prices are lower because of it, but they are also presented as being lower because they’re not of high enough quality to be sold through regular channels so you’re getting a better deal.
The episode pointed out that manufacturers deliberately make two lines of their products so that one can be sold at the outlet store. If it really was a case that the quality was lower and couldn’t be sold in the regular stores, then why are they continually so bad at making things that they always have enough to keep the outlet store full?
Another is that MSG has been falsely branded as being evil, mostly in Chinese restaurants, because one person wrote they had a bad reaction to some food and and guessing that it could have been from MSG. This has now been disproven by other studies that show the symptoms described have no connection to it.