Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Is that true or not?

Picture the three following scenarios:

1. Someone forwards you an e-mail making a claim the truth of which you're unsure, but find interesting (i.e. - "Darwin became a Christian on his deathbed"). Is that true?

2. At the water fountain one of your co-workers mentions "they say such and such is happening" (i.e. - atheists are petitioning the FCC to get religious broadcasting banned from American airwaves). How do you know if that is fact or fiction?

3. Since you were young you have heard something referred to as truth again and again, but you've always wanted to research it to know whether or not if it really is true (i.e. - anti-perspirant causes cancer or sunscreen causes blindness). Is that a myth or something that truly matters?

What do you do? Here's what you can do right here on my blog - scroll down the right-hand column looking "Links" until you hit a red icon named Rollyo (you'll find it right before the "Civil War" section). It's the second red icon in that column, the first being the "Bible Toolbox"). Type a keyword or two into the blank box (such as "Darwin," "FCC," "anti-perspirant" or "cancer" from the scenarios I just mentioned). In the "search in" section, select "Is that true?" and then click "Go." You'll be presented with results from seven well-known hoax-busting websites that are devoted to filtering fact from fiction in many common urban legends and rumors. What could be quicker, easier or more accurate?