Perhaps Google’s recent algorithm change has done some good, but ridiculously poor how-to articles still soar to the top. Here’s an example from eHow: How to play a xylophone. The following quotes represent the article’s basic instructions.
“Find a xylophone to play.”
“Understand the keys of your xylophone and what note each bar represents.”
“Familiarize yourself with the music and learn to read it if you do not have a musical background.”
“Purchase sheet music especially made for the xylophone.”
“Place a xylophone mallet in each hand and strike the keys as the music dictates.”
“Take xylophone lessons if you need help reading the music in order to play your music correctly.”
OK then! I’m ready for my concert xylophone career. Encouraged by the apparent simplicity of developing instructional material, I now present “How to Cure Cancer”:
1) Find a person with cancer.
2) Familiarize yourself with the disease and learn how to fix it.
3) Cure the person.
- bradhill posted this