Posted tagged ‘Snopes’

Hoaxes

December 23, 2015

snopeslogoJust in time for Christmas, yet another hoax pops up on Facebook. This one is that Mark Zuckerberg is going to give away tons of money to common folk like you and me. Here’s the text that I saw. Remember, this is a HOAX.

 

Can’t wait to see who the lucky recipients are…According to Good Morning America, Not a hoax! Mark Zuckerburg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day’s post and award 1000 people with $4.5 million. Each as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection.

So do you for even a minute believe that Mark Zuckerberg is going to give you $4.5 million? The first clue is that paragraph says it “Not a hoax!”. What makes people get the urge to forward this baloney along? Actually, Zuckerberg did talk about giving away $45 Billion of his fortune, but he doesn’t say how or to who the money will be going. Here’s the link to what Mark Zuckerberg actually wrote. Click here.

So I have written about hoaxes before, but it doesn’t seem to be sticking. So, I guess I need to do it again. Here goes.

You have just read a story that seems to be too good to be true. Perhaps, someone is going to give you a ton of money. Or, something wonderful will happen if you post this note.

There has been a saying for a long time in the computing world, Garbage In, Garbage Out, or as I like to think of it is, Garbage In, GOSPEL out.

So before you go and post that message, I would encourage you to check it out before you blindly pass it on. So how do I do that, you say? There is a great resource called “SNOPES.COM

Snopes.com was created in 1995 as a Usenet newsgroup by David Mikkleson. The name Snopes originated from the family name of unpleasant people in the works of William Faulkner. For more information about snopes.com, go to the Wiki pages. (Click here)

I would recommend browsing the current top 25 internet hoaxes and rumors. It is amusing reading. Click here

Feng Shui, My A**

August 3, 2015

I think that I will scream. So I saw the attached image posted on FB this morning.

  
Okay, how many of you believe it to be true? Probably a lot because it keeps popping up in various forms. This is one of those things that obeys the basic law of the internet. ie. “Garbage in, Gospel out.”. By the way, one of the other basic laws of the internet is “The Internet is forever!”. I suppose “Stupid is forever” too.

It is categorically not true.  The five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays happen about every 5, 6 or 11 years depending on when leap year occurs. The most recent time that August had five long weekends was 2010. If you don’t believe me go look it up on an old calendar

I have tried to get to people to check with the snopes.com web site to check out internet/urban myths. But somehow I get tired of continually repeating the idea.

So for umpteenth time people go to snopes.com and browse. For straight dope on the five fridays myth, click here.  Indeed, bookmark the site so that you remember to check it before you post something really stupid.

There, I feel better.

If I Read it on the Internet, It Must Be True

March 4, 2015

snopeslogoSo listen up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Everything that you read on the internet is not necessarily fact. Alas, it is true.

It seems that almost every day one of my FB friends share a post from one of their BFF’s, an article of great importance that is utterly and completely false.

So how do I tell whether or not the post is fact? First clue, is it outrageous? Have I seen it on a reputable news site like the NY Times or LA Times? Journalists are expected to do due diligence when they write a story.

Was the post from a friend of a friend of a friend? In other words can I discern where it came from?

There is a really good web site for Internet rumors and myths called “Snopes.Com“. Here are some of the latest rumors that are trending on Snopes: (note: all of the rumors listed here are false, except for the last one.)

There you have it, some of the current rumors and news for today. So do me (and all of your FB BFF’s) check the post out before you send it on.