Logical Fallacies

Explain the faulty logic of the following statements. Of what fallacy (or fallacies) is each an example?

1. When did you stop hiring other people to take your exams for you?

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2. He's too smart to play football; besides he broke his leg ten years ago.

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3. If we don't stop the publication of this X-rated material now, it won't be long before our children will be reading it in school.

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4. Karen must be depressed; she wore dark clothes all weekend.

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5. How can you accuse me of being late? You're such a slow poke.

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6. Rap music isn't music because it's just noise and words.

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7. He's at least 6 feet 6 inches tall, so he must be a terrific basketball player.

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8. WGBN is the most popular radio station on campus because it has more listeners than any other station.

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9. Indians living on reservations get the necessities of life at government expense, so they have no worries.

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10. Take Tummy Tops laxatives instead of Mellow Malt because Tummy Tops contains calcium while Mellow Malt has aluminum and magnesium.

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11. Lite Cheese Popcorn contains 34 percent fewer calories!

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12. Any decent person will agree that Nazism has no place in modern society.

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