one final 9/11 post
I meant to post this yesterday, but I forgot. Still, it's well worth a look. Since last year, the Urban Legends Reference Pages have been keeping track of the myriad rumors and hoaxes regarding 9/11 and the aftermath floating around the Internet, doing their best to debunk the false ones. An unscientific survey (I scrolled down the page) shows at least as many provably false reports as true or ambiguous ones. Here are a couple of highlights:
- Album covers and other media depicting the WTC were altered after the attacks
- Some bonehead at Starbuck's overcharged rescue workers for water intended for the victims (and while the article points out that the action was that of a single employee, the company's response to inquiries was less than positive)
- The Sesame Street Muppet Bert appears on photo-montage posters of Osama Bin Laden (apparently someone dreated a Web site designed to depict Bert as evil and Photoshopped the Muppet into pictures of various other nefarious figures; that picture was later used in posters)
- Outback Steakhouse delivered a steak dinner to US service personnel in Afghanistan
Basically, I detest forwarded messages. I love email, but I'd rather have two sentences someone actually wrote to me than a lengthy list of 400,000 other recipients with some L4m3 poetry, cutesty graphic or turgid "inspiring" thought. Sorry if that makes me seem cranky, but that's the way it is. But as Barbara and David P. Mikkelson of the Urban Legends Reference Pages could tell you, many of the claims and rumors forwarded via email (to say nothing of posted on Web logs) deserve at least a moment of thought, if not careful scrutiny.