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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Cursed by Allah
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Use your left ear to detect lies
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
LazyTruth Fact-Checking Widget
A software company has announced it's making a widget called LazyTruth that will scan all your incoming emails for misinformation:

tl;dr: We’re building an inbox widget that surfaces vetted information when you receive an email forward full of political myths, urban rumors, or security threats. It’s called LazyTruth.

Basically the widget will scan the text of your incoming emails and check them against "pre-existing nonpartisan information". It's an interesting idea. I'll be curious to see how well it works.

Of course, the main problem will be that the people who need the widget most, won't use it. And the widget won't work if some authoritative source hasn't already debunked the rumor. So it probably won't detect the latest twitter rumor you may be confronted with. (via Engadget)
Categories: Email Hoaxes, Technology
Posted by The Curator on Wed May 09, 2012
Comments (3)
People are not interested in facts of fact-checking. They believe what they want to believe and even if you put their nose right into the facts, they will disregard those if these don't fit their preconceptions.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Wed May 09, 2012  at  01:26 PM
"of" ---> or (not interested in facts OR fact-checking)
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Wed May 09, 2012  at  01:27 PM
It would be good if the sources for 'nonpartisan information'included the MoH.
Posted by MrHenderson  in  Teddington, UK  on  Sat Jun 09, 2012  at  05:46 PM
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