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Why I love Snopes.com

I think this is appropriate for a 4th of July week.

Snopes.com has taken on a recently written about an email circulated (or recirculated since I get this email about this time of year every year) during this week. Many of us have received the “The Price They Paid” email detailing what ultimately happened with the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Like many of these kinds of emails there are some true and some false and many that are both or misleading.

I just can’t understand why the true events aren’t compelling enough for people. Why do we have to romanticize the real lives of people to make them more dramatic. Isn’t the truth of the circumstances of their lives enough. I was go to make a comment about how we have to put a Hollywood spin on everything but even during the lives of Jefferson and Adams they were keenly aware of the embellishments and mythologizing of the very, very recent events of the American Revolution (and for those who don’t know their history that was before Hollywood).

I think this is a good quote about how or why these emails go around.

So great is our need for simplified, dramatic events and heroes that even the real-life biographies of the fifty-six men who risked their lives to publicly declare American independence are no longer compelling enough. Through multiple versions of pieces like the [email in question], their lives have been repeatedly embellished with layers of fanciful fiction to make for a better story.

By the way, when you receive an email that tells you something clearly wrong and tries to pass it off as truth that your parents or grandparents send you. I’m thinking the email that tries to show how your taxes are used to support illegal immigrants who are just coming here to have babies and sell drugs (or is that to take drugs and sell babies).

Check Snopes.com they are an easy link to send back to the person plus they do a great job of documenting their facts.

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