Posts Tagged ‘snopes’

Has anybody ever seen Niagara Falls frozen?

January 12, 2010

Please retweetI went to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls in October 2008, just after Maid of the Mist closed for the season.  I visited the falls twice: in the freezing night and the next morning when it was, well, also freezing.  The temperature above the Falls was very cold, but during Autumn visit, not yet cold enough to produce snowfall.  As I stared at the Falls, I wondered if it could get cold enough for the Falls to freeze and ice over.  In recent memory, the Falls have not turned to solid ice.

Or has it?  A photo in Snopes claims that the Falls became frozen solid in 1911.  I would like to know if Niagara Falls has, indeed, frozen over and if anybody has any photos of the Falls in this cold state.

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Francis M. Unson

The Latest News: From the Internet or a Trusted Friend?

January 8, 2010

Please retweetI have a personal Facebook account, I have thousands of friends, but they are not my source of information about the world.  As they are my friends, I try not to make myself susceptible to the phenomenon prevalent in urban legends known as “Friend of a Friend” (FOAF).  It is not my friends’ fault by any means when information they pass on through their notes or Status Update cannot be substantiated or independently confirmed.  Rather, the information they pass could be, at best, incomplete or, at worst, inaccurate.  When an event takes place that may interest the world (e.g., the death of Michael Jackson), for my peace of mind, I go to Associated Press, Reuters, and UPI in order acquire a “best average” of the news coverage.  On the other hand, when information I receive fits the structure of an urban legend, I immediately go to Snopes to confirm or debunk the information.  I’d rather turn to news sources to find out for myself what to know, and turn to my friends to discuss what they think.

Do you immediately take information from your friends at face value or do you verify what you hear?

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Francis M. Unson

If Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold…

January 5, 2010

Please retweetUnder what category do potato chips made during a cook’s moment of pique fall under?

I was hard pressed to believe that potato chips were the result of sending back soggy french fries to the cook one too many times.  Apparently, the story presented in Snopes.com appears to back up subsequent television shows that tell the same story.

Have you, during a fit of anger, accidentally invented or developed something that you think could be marketable?

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Francis M. Unson