People! If it sounds too good to be true …
…. more than likely, it isn’t!
Today’s installment is from Powerball and Facebook. Two friends (both in my motorcycle circle, hmmm) shared this photo and pledge:
Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!
From the Powerball FAQ:
The tickets print the white ball numbers (the first five numbers) in numerical order.
Look at his numbers. Not even close to numerical order.
Probability of hoax: about 99.99%. We won’t know for sure until the second winner speaks up.
The corollary is this: if it sounds too awful be true … it probably isn’t true.
Feel your knees (and other parts) being jerked around by an image or a headline? Take a deep breath and check Snopes. Or, these days, just type the offending phrase into Google or Bing. Think how virtuous you’ll feel, knowing you were’t manipulated!
Confirmation (of a sort): Christian Science Monitor