20 December 2004
For a while now I've read Snopes, and enjoyed their tireless work to not only assemble urban legends and myths, but to also debunk them. So when I got this update in my aggregator I had a "D'oh!" moment, as I had been spreading this very legend as truth over the years. It was so unbelievable that I thought it must be true, if I needed to make an excuse. Of course other journals were fooled but still I feel like an ass.
[2009 note: I'd like to think this incident shook my faith in much of the other 'unbelievable' trivia and anecdotes I'd read, and shared, as fact, but no evidence exists whether this is indeed the case.]