• Oh Snopes! How I Love You

    by  • March 23, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    snopesIf you’re the type that forwards every last email you get to everyone you know, please stop reading. I’m about to make fun of you. That includes you, Mom.

    You see, my Mom, like so many others, loves to send me all the crazy, funny or horribly false emails she gets. She sends them to me, my wife, to my brother and sister-in-law, her sisters, her cousins, her nieces and nephews, her old friends from Anderson, South Carolina, people she works with, people she worked with, even some people I’m not sure she actually knows in person.

    And here’s the thing: She forwards along just about anything, even if it sounds to crazy to be true. And usually it is. Which is why I love Snopes.

    Just recently, she sent me an email that claimed the state of Florida was equipping interstates with cameras to catch speeders automatically. Fascinating, but false as this link explains. Every time she forwards one of these hoaxes or scams, I’ll reply to everyone she emailed with the link to Snopes that proves her email is just a hoax.

    Good times. :)


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.