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Reading it on the internet doesn’t make it true

March 18, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
It’s like that commercial you see where people believe everything they read on the internet is true. I’m just the opposite. I’m a skeptic, so I usually question everything I read on the internet including what's on Facebook that people post from some place else. People post many things that they genuinely feel are real. Often times they are trying to do a good deed by passing this information along to all of their contacts. It’s everything from someone that is missing somewhere in the country to items you can get for free just by filling out some information. There have been a lot of these types of posts recently on winning a free iPod or other hi-tech item.

I know of some people who went ahead and filled out the information and now they have been inundated by phone calls and e-mails since their personal information has been given out. A word to the wise as my mother always said, “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”

Over the weekend there were several postings on Facebook about Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers being injured in a car accident and breaking both of his legs.

Like most people on a weekend, my husband is watching sports and I think he would have heard something about this if that was true. Many people posted the link to this website for entertainment that tries to capture ads with these kinds of fake stories.

On the NBC sports website, profootballtalk, there is a story posted, “No, Clay Matthews didn’t break both legs in a car accident: Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, the story states, “It seems like every few weeks a phony report emerges of a big-name player breaking both legs in a car accident. As best we can tell, it started last year with Falcons receiver Julio Jones. Other high-profile NFL stars who supposedly broke both legs in a car accident include Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. The gag has become so obvious that we now ignore the made-up accounts. But we’re mentioning it again now because the most recent supposed victim of the Buick-double-leg-break is Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. And we’ve been flooded with emails and tweets inquiring about the situation. It’s phony. And, in time, a phony report regarding the same topic will be made about another NFL player. And another. And another. The sad part is that, if/when a big-name NFL players actually does break both legs in a car accident, no one will believe it.”

As a true skeptic when I hear about something like this, I’m quick to say, “If you heard about it on Facebook or the internet, it’s probably not true.”


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