This Weeks’ FaceBoozled List
About a year ago, I published a blog regarding Urban legends and hoaxes that were circulating on FaceBook at that time, and titled it FaceBoozled. Today, I still see my closest friends share the insane, impossible and downright ludicrous amongst their 600 closest acquaintances insisting that what they are sharing is fact (because, after all, if it was on FaceBook and was shared by thousands, it must be true, right?)
Last night, I wrote an update to said blog.
I’m often asked privately if I know if certain things seen passed around are true or fake. Sometimes I know. Sometimes I have to do research. As a result, I’ve decided to post a few of my favorite urban legends from each week and debunk them for you. Alas, here are a few of my recent favorites:
If I Had a Million Dollars:
Nolan Daniels’ photo went viral pretty quickly on November 29 when he claimed that he was one of the winners of the multi-million-dollar jackpot. He claimed that he was willing to give away a portion just by liking his photo! Who doesn’t want a million dollars, right?
There are ways that one could have seen that the whole thing was a scam (aside from the who-would-share-their-winnings logic). First, just Googling “Nolan Daniels” told me it was a hoax.
Second, by the time this became truly viral, it was already announced that the winners were from Arizona and Missouri. Mr. Daniels was not.
Third, the numbers on the ticket should have been a giveaway (but most don’t think of this). The photo is quite pixelated and do not smoothly transition into the white of the ticket. Second, when you purchase a Powerball ticket, the numbers print in numerical order. The numbers on Mr. Daniels’ ticket are not.
It’s so rich and thick and choco-lik!
The Strawberry Quick Hoax has been passed around for several years. However, this time a clinic in Illinios fell for the hoax and posted a sign for its clients. Certainly this makes it more believable! In a public statement, they admitted their error.
Granted, the person who printed this should have.. oh, I don’t know, picked up on some obvious hoax clues. Well, the first thing that stood out was that any professional establishment would not (rather, should not) post a sign with poor grammar and smiley faces if they want to be taken seriously. And, why would a medical clinic ask you to “Repost”, anyway?
Second, kids today have absolutely NO idea what the real Strawberry Quick was. It hasn’t been called that since before today’s young kids were born. Thus, even that name probably wouldn’t sound too interesting to youngsters nowadays.
So now, obviously the fake name was generated to grab the attention of those of us who are parenting-age and remember when it was called just “Quick” instead of “Nesquick”
Just by typing “Strawberry Quick Meth” into Google (not myth.. ok, you could type myth, too) you’re immediately alerted of it’s myth.
Let me tell you about the Two-Striped Telamonia. This spider has been shown in White and Brown, and apparently is very attracted to the dirtiest of dirty public places. The hoax originated via email in 1999 and is starting anew on FaceBook this month.
In real-life, the species is non-venomous. The brown recluse, however, is one to be reckoned with and receives the immediate death penalty in my home with no trial before a group of peers.
Again, all I had to do was Google Two-Striped Telamonia. Hoax alerts were immediately obvious.
As I say in every one of these posts, verify before you share.