April Fool's Day
~ April 1, 2002
A warning to all the gullible and gentlehearted out there: today
is April Fool's Day, when many otherwise well-meaning
journalists, reporters, scientists and people who should really know
better try to promote skepticism by lying to you through media
sources you have learned to trust.
While I think a healthy skepticism is worthwhile, I think people
tend to forget that articles and news bites get taken out of
context. If you stumble across a convincingly written Fool's story
in a source you're not familiar with, you might take the story at
face value - especially if you don't have access to the whole paper
to "get" the gist of the joke or don't read it often enough to catch
Still, that having been said, there's no excuse for not having a
good bullshit filter. Be warned.
- The Centaur