Once or twice a day, I have coworkers, family, or perfectly corruptible strangers send me emails claiming the most incredible things. There are also cute websites that post amazing findings about previously undocumented animals and unclaimed old Grecian lottery winnings ===>>>that need to be claimed now! Did you know there are tree octopuses hanging around out there?
This is the internet folks. Don't laugh, you know some coworkers who believe this stuff!
Last year, I attended a meeting that spoke of internet accuracy and proper sources when doing research. They sited a student that did a paper on the tree octopus. Now we laughed hard, but in truth, a student trusted an internet source and got burned.
The latest notable source issue was Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Hmmm... that means your 35 year old weird neighbor.
Wikipedia even states:
WIKIPEDIA MAKES NO GUARANTEE OF VALIDITY
The bottom line, if it sounds funny - question it! Not all things on the internet can be trusted.
So, taking a line from one of my old TV shows Hill Street Blues - "Be careful out there people!"
Have you found the sister site for the Tree Octopus??? If so, please post it. I would appreciate the information and will use it to prove my point to those young minds in my school district.
I hope you guys enjoy this topic as much as I did...