Friday, August 15, 2003

Internet myths - from the BBC website - it looks at the phenomenon of Internet hoaxing where wild rumours spread around the web quite quickly and become established as truth with little or no substantiation. My particular favourites are that
  • In June, the web buzzed with rumours that Powergen, the British gas and electricity company, had chosen an unfortunate domain name for its new Italian division:

  • Many still believe that Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, referred to France and Germany as an "axis of weasels" in the run-up to the Iraq war in March.

Unfortunatley this article also debunks my most cherished myth, that Walt Disney's head is frozen underneath Sleeping Beauty's castle in Disneyworld - not that is a shame, I've always looked forward to a public melting ceremony

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