Ann Reardon

DEADLY craft hack, do not try this


In this video:

DEADLIEST craft hack on the internet

Video by: multiple sources on YouTube and TikTok showing how to make your own fractal wood burning machine and how to do fractal wood burning.
Conclusion: Extremely Dangerous. At least 34 people have lost their lives trying to make wood look pretty with this craft hack. The small minority that survived now have life changing damage to their hands and heart problems. Do not try fractal wood burning… it’s not worth the risk. If you’re considering it make sure you watch the video to fully understand what your up against.

Milk Tea Jelly

Video by my: asian grandmother taught me
Conclusion: Fake. There is nothing in the recipe that would make it set into a jelly.

Can you cook food (other than toast) in a toaster?

Sources: Multiple
Conclusion: Fake. Although it is possible to cook meat in a toaster it takes more than 20 minutes to cook a thin steak. It contaminates your toaster with meat juices and makes the toaster very hot. In one case it caused a house fire.

YouTubes facebook page

Did you know youtube can upload any of your videos natively to it’s facebook page? That’s right YouTUbes terms of service give them permission to redistribute, edit, or put your videos up in full if they want to. With no financial credit to you at all. It appears, from the sample that we looked at, that this practice garners millions of views on facebook for youtube and has grown their following to over 85 million. Despite there being a link to the original videos on youtube it appears to have a very low click through rate. There is no need to click through, you’ve already seen the video.

On this page youtube decided to promote a fake hack video. They have now removed it. It is important that they do not use their page to promote fake hacks due to what is known in psychology as the illusionary truth effect. Which means that the more we see or hear something, even if it is implausible, we are more likely to believe it to be true.

My Cookbook

ann reardon crazy sweet creations cookbook
Stores that sell my book listed by country:
All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

6 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    Absolutely love what you are doing and keep the internet a safer place! Wonder if you can do an episode on false YouTube thumbnail. In the past 6 months there were lots of trypophobia thumbnail videos mixed in all kinds of craft videos on YouTube. I have tried to report them but more came up and only one was ever taken down. I have mild trypophobia and I have been repeatedly triggered and my condition has worsened. Can’t imagine how bad it will be for people had severe phobia. I know some people enjoy watching them but those materials should be more safeguarded cause it can really hurt somebody.

  2. Rating: 5

    Loving all your content here in the UK! Previous poster from Helsinki is right; PLEASE don’t do the british accent, your voice is very pleasant to listen to. All the best bella

  3. Rating: 5

    I watched your new You Tube video. I went to You Tube and saw some of the videos you were referring to. I reported them. I just received an email from You Tube saying they pulled one of the videos I reported. Keep up the good work and keep encouraging people to report those videos. Thanks for your videos. Michelle

  4. Rating: 5

    Ann, thank you for this! I’ve bought two copies of your cookbook – one to donate to my library – to in small part thank you for this and for all the wonderful stuff you share. Happy weekend to you in Oz!

  5. Rating: 4

    What happened to the video?! Thank you for pointing out the inherent flaws YouTube has. It seems your stern warnings have irritated them. Hopefully they make changes rather than lashing out against you. Thank you for your videos. Looking forward to getting my cookbook soon.

  6. Rating: 4

    Hello love!
    If you should do again recipes from that ancient English cook book of yours, Please don’t do that posh British accent. It is ghastly.
    Otherwise very entertaining and I shall keep on watching.
    Greetings from Helsinki, Finland

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