posted on Mar, 31 2012 @ 12:38 PM
Originally posted by SeekerLou
reply to post by Ex_CT2
Had to log back in when I saw your post! Star for that and how verrry true!
I appreciate your alerting everyone to this.
I too despise the lies that are replacing truth. Before passing them off as truth, one must know without a doubt - the facts.
The problem oftime is: How can one find out for sure? With everyone having a different story. (so many truths going around) with No proofs to be
Curious as to how you knew that article wasn't correct . Mismatched info from other sources or what? Please, am very interested in how you knew
your article ex. was a lie.
edit on 30-3-2012 by SeekerLou because: (no reason given)
My apologies. I was on my way to another forum when I saw your original post, so I thought I'd pop in and check it out. And then I forgot to come
The fact is that I've simply had an interest in etymology since I was a kid--some 50-odd years ago. I can usually spot a "clinker" pretty quickly. And
when I do, I go look it up for myself. In this case, I'd seen several of these before (one of those viral emails people used to send out, no
This sort of thing happens quite a lot--and it's not just limited to etymology. For instance: At my office I'm responsible for putting together our
product catalogue. When I have a "white space" where I don't have enough room for product info, or at the end of a page, I like to put "factoids"
there. Such as: "Leonardo da Vinci sketched plans for a humanoid robot in the 15th Century."
Now, that's a fact that's easily checked--there are thousands of sources for it. But there are people who have put together "fake factoids," for
whatever reason, they went viral, and now they're all the hell over the Internet. And without verification and research, you very often can't tell the
real from the fake. It's made my job a nightmare--and what's worse is that there are a lot of people out there who don't know the difference, who take
them as fact, and will never be the wiser.
(I have noticed that a lot of the "factoids" I find on the Internet were originally created for Dave Letterman, for the segment he used to do called
"The Federal Bureau of Miscellaneous Information." There must be thousands of the g---damned things out there polluting the Internet. It makes me
Anyway: Sorry I didn't check back in earlier....
edit on 3/31/2012 by Ex_CT2 because: (no reason given)