I recently got this email (below). It is a hoax. It makes for an amazing story.
I included the email and my comments on this and how to be more critical, and thus more selective, of what you forward to your friends, colleagues and family.
<<start of hoax email>>
These photos were taken inside the Air France A-330 at the moment that the plane was disintegrating about 20,000 feet over the Atlantic. May their souls rest in peace.
OUR PRAYERS FOR THE PASSENGERS OF AF-447.
Feel so sad for all the passengers including the extraordinary photographer, who kept his cool even in his last moments of life and took this photo.
The world saw the disappearance of an A330 Air Frane during a trans Atlantic flight between Rio to Paris.
Two shots taken inside the plane before it crashed.
The two photos attached were apparently taken by one of the passengers before the aircraft crashed. The photos were retrieved from the camera's
These photos were found in a digital Casio Z750, amidst the remains. Although the camera was destroyed, the Memory Stick was recovered. Investigating
My mother told me long ago that her father would say, "Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see."
One might over-paraphrase that wise advice something like this: "DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING you find on the Internet , unless you have a reasonable trust in the
I do find that many, if not most, of the stories floating around on the Internet are untrue and/or misleading. but these tales may still worthy of passing on to others,
If some story is only a few days old or not very widespread, it may not be on the radar of these sources.
You can usually grab a core phrase in the text in question (select and copy), then paste the text into the search at your launching site of choice.
are any more promising leads. I look for results that have urls from one of the generally reliable sources above.
The thing is, the really good stories travel pretty fast and get revived periodically in variant forms.
There are tons of other good sources for story reliability and for anything anyone can imagine. I once came across some dolphin porn (by accident, of course).
If you have Internet sources that you use that you use to research on your favorite topics, I'd love to hear about them.
urbanlegends.com is NOT a reliable launching point. I think this site is NOT a good source. It looks like it is strictly an advertising driven medium.
If you find this monologue to be useful, pass it on. But PLEASE don't pass it on unless you believe it to be from a generally reliable source.
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