Quote-busting: not Darwin


It sounds so clever, so right … that you want to share it immediately!

not charles darwin

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change“

Which, one assumes, is the point.

This particular version of the quotation misattributed to Charles Darwin was in my Twitter feed.

The Darwin Correspondence Project makes it clear that this is not Darwin. They gave an award to Nick Matzke for documenting the quote, which you can find on scads of images.

Kathy’s mantra:

If it sounds too good (or too bad!) to be true, it probably isn’t! Check before sharing!

Where to check quotations? I start with Wikiquote. Sometimes I search-inside-books using Amazon or Google. Don’t trust any of the thousands of quotation sites on the web (unless there is a source – and then, maybe not).

Hacking bookmarklets to work on your mobile device


Update (21 Feb 2015): This demo is with an iPadAir. I’ve discovered life isn’t quite as straightforward with an iPhone6. Updated instructions, below.

Bookmarklets add application-like functionality to a web browser. They are often used for link sharing because you don’t have to leave the page or copy the URL in order to share (or save) the page.

This. is a new link-sharing social network. But the only way to share a link is via a bookmarklet. And bookmarklets aren’t the easiest thing to use on mobile devices.

Here’s how to share a link on This. from your phone or tablet, using Google Chrome. The process is the same for any bookmarklet!

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