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Extreme Rhetoric

extreme infotainment
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I enjoy general verbatim. I do not enjoy 'extreme' sports. I would enjoy extreme sports if it were somehow mixed with rhetoric and some form of (shallow) intellectualism. So how about combining the two and televising it: extreme rhetoric.

Extreme Rhetoric can be a mix of information and entertainment. Contestants argue a point, (the source of argument is arbitrary and trivial,) and then go to extreme lengths to prove themselves. A scientific proof for their point can be discussed optionally at the end of the segment for infotainment value.

For example,
-Argument: I will break just as many bones jumping from 1,000 metres as 10,000 metres.
-Extreme Proof: Skydiving (twice) without a parachute.
-Scientific Proof: (optional)


-Argument: Urine is sterile, drinking it will do no harm
-Extreme Proof: Drink urine
-Scientific Proof: (optional)

…and so on, and so forth.

sdm, Sep 25 2001

(?) Dr. Bernard Cohen's challenge http://www.ans.neep.../plutonium_eff.html
Example of extreme rhetoric regarding toxicity of PuO2 in RTGs [wiml, Sep 25 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       UB: is that your Argument or your Extreme Proof?
snagger, Sep 25 2001


       [months pass]   


       Ooh. This wistful exchange brings it all back. The HB must have been forlorn and echoing in that morose month to allow this otherwise fine idea to bubble up out of the communal thoughtbath without praise being lavished on it.
General Washington, Aug 31 2002

       There's that word again. Perhaps Radical Rhetoric, has a nice ring to it.
ty6, Aug 31 2002

       Argument: EMS in this city will respond within minutes.   

       Extreme Proof:...
BinaryCookies, Aug 31 2002

       I know, 2004 and all...   

       There was a program called Ben & Teller's Bullshit, where they showed that going out in the cold after the pool did not cause you to "catch a cold", and that eating before swimming did not cause "the cramps".   

       This program was into seemingly scientific debunking of all sorts of common knowledge, which left the uneducated (and some of the educated) crowds even more bewildered than they were until then.
pashute, Feb 01 2016


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