Popular Science News | Pants on Fire!

Popular Science News – the internet is notorious for spreading lies, but then so are humans face to face. Bats are blind, Napoleon was short and to be healthy you need to drink 8 glasses of water. All these statements are not true but somehow we believe them. THe difference with the internet is that hopefully in the future you can do something about it.

The Politifact website was set up to try to counter the lies that tend to be spread approaching elections

“The organisation employs journalists to scrutinise around 35 political statements a week, awarding each a “Truth-O-Meter” rating from “true” to “pants on fire”. Their reasoning is published, as well as links to sources. For instance, PolitiFact has found that, of 400 statements made by Barack Obama, just over 1 in 4 were “mostly false” or worse. For Mitt Romney, Obama’s challenger in the presidential election this November, the figure was over 40 per cent. Between them, the pair have earned 21 “pants on fire” verdicts.” [New Scientist]

The trouble is that these statements remain on the Politifact website and are rarely read. To overcome this, work is progressing for individuals to have an app installed on their web browser and this highlights statements thought to be lies. It is a bit more complicated than this but the intention is for individuals to become involved and to be able to highlight lies they discover. If you are found to be consistently correct in what you say then over time your credibility rises and your statements are given more importance. It’s an experiment at the moment but watch this space.

This year July has 5 Fridays 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So copy this to your status and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui. Those who read and do not copy will be without money. So let’s all try our luck at this and see what happens. [PANTS ON FIRE!]

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