Think one of those warning emails from your grandma about bad fast food or dangers at the gas pump is a story? Check out snopes.com
What started as a hobby for a California couple, @snopes, became a small business in fact-finding, after all the myths passed around after 9/11, says a New York Times article.
I send big props to David and Barbara Mikkelson because more than once they’ve saved me from forwarding an email with bad information. For example, after getting an email about the model for the Statue of Liberty being a black woman, I thought that might be a great Black History Month feature. Snopes’ research showed me that it was bogus information.
You can follow the Mikkelsons at @snopes on twitter.
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