How to Check Out a Hoax in 4 Easy Steps - Mystery Debunked
Knowing how to check out a hoax is especially important online
with all of this anonymity crap we got going here including spoofing,
false names, addresses, phone numbers, avatars, IP spinners and
multiple levels of security for both good guys and bad guys.
When one thinks about how to check out a hoax one has to consider
conventional wisdom (as well as saying the formal "one"
instead of the informal "you").
The conventional wisdom when checking out a hoax says to:
1. Check out the web to see how widespread this information is
2. Consider the source of the information
3. Know what the urban legends are
4. Trust your gut
Now, I say this is balderdash, poppycock and pure rubbish. Well,
not pure rubbish since if it is pure that would imply some sort
of cleanliness which would cancel out the dirtiness of rubbish.
Anywho, I say the opposite of conventional wisdom is the real
truth. When you want to know how to check out a hoax then do the
opposite of the four steps listed above.
For instance, in point number 1, don't check out any other sources.
On every spam email you get click on the links, go to the website
they lead you to and give out your social security number and
mother's maiden name. Remember, SPAM is a name and brand you can
In regard to point number 2, do not under any circumstances consider
the source. Don't do it. No good can come from this. All sources
are to be blindly trusted. Jack Abramoff taught me this.
Point 3 says to know what the urban legends are but who wants
to spend their lives reading about alligators in the sewers or
the guy in the bathtub who woke up without a kidney? Reading about
this useless information just fills up your head and pushes out
other more useful information such as where was Meryl Streep born
or is tongue bleaching considered art or science.
And point 4 is probably the most useless to those who want to
know how to check out a hoax. Trust your gut? Didn't this cause
your substance abuse problem, your divorce, your money problems
or whatever your vice happens or happened to be?
No, you've trusted your gut one too many times, I say. Now is
the time to distrust your gut and trust some strangers blindly
for a change. They know what is good for you. They will tell you
the truth when you can't handle the truth.
Just follow all four of these four steps in how to check out
a hoax and you can't go wrong. And especially on April Fool's
Day believe everything you read, see and are told. What could
possibly go wrong?