Gabriel García Márquez
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The great Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez died last week at the age of 87, leaving behind a much-admired body of work including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
Another work he's purported to have left behind is a poetic "Farewell Letter" currently making the rounds via social media, which begins, in this particular translation, "If God, for a second, forgot what I have become and granted me a little bit more of life, I would use it to the best of my ability. I wouldn't, possibly, say everything that is in my mind, but I would be more thoughtful of all I say."
But though it's signed, "Your Friend, Gabriel García Márquez," in fact he did not write the syrupy, cliché-ridden poem and even dismissed it in a newspaper interview a few years back as "cheesy." Read More...
Mea culpa. I thought by now most folks had gotten the memo on the bed bugs hoax, but apparently not. I'm still seeing posts to the effect that smoking bed bugs to get high has reached epidemic proportions among teens. The truth of the matter is that the "news video" going around was cobbled together from existing footage as a prank. Nobody is smoking bed bugs. And even if they were, they wouldn't be getting high. Read the details...
Contrary to spurious headlines proliferating via social media, Miley Cyrus canceled a couple of concerts this week after being diagnosed with the flu, not HIV. At last report she was in the hospital after suffering an allergic reaction to flu medication, but she is otherwise okay and doctors expect her to live to twerk another day. Read more...
Despite whatever eye-popping headlines you may find in your news feed this week, pro wrestler Mark "The Undertaker" Calaway was not found dead in his Houston home on April 11, 2014. Consider the source of the report, Empire Sports News, which bills itself as "a satire and entertainment website" and is infamous for previous "scoops" such as "Michael Vick Hospitalized in Pit Bull Attack" and "Blake Griffin Smacks Justin Bieber at Hollywood Starbucks."
Fake news is rampant on the Internet. Bogus celebrity death reports pop up every single day. Too many people share stories online they haven't even read, let alone checked for accuracy.
Google is your friend. Use it!
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