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georgeo76
04-01-2006, 03:06 PM
top 100 (http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/aprilfool/)


top Internet hoaxes (http://wiredblogs.tripod.com/internetspoofs/)

slipBall
04-01-2006, 03:26 PM
The top one would have to be that Al Gore invented it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

georgeo76
04-01-2006, 04:21 PM
In a thread about ppl being fooled, it's appropriate, historically (not politically), to point out the Al Gore 'invented the Internet' statement is a huge misconception.

What the Vice President said was:

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet,"

Boastful, sure, but considering that Gore was answering a question about what distinguished him from other candidates, not inappropriate to blow your own horn. It was probably a misstatement to use the word 'create' but that becomes a semantic argument. The real question is, did Gore play a role in the Internet like he claimed?



originally written by Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf (google these names if you don't know them)

As far back as the 1970s Congressman Gore promoted the idea of high speed
telecommunications as an engine for both economic growth and the
improvement of our educational system. He was the first elected official
to grasp the potential of computer communications to have a broader impact
than just improving the conduct of science and scholarship. Though easily
forgotten, now, at the time this was an unproven and controversial
concept.

There is more of that here (http://www.interesting-people.org/archives/interesting-people/200009/msg00052.html)

Again, this is a historical point of fact, just FYI.


Originally posted by slipBall:
The top one would have to be that Al Gore invented it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

slipBall
04-01-2006, 05:34 PM
Al Gore did promote funding for the development of high speed information. I think that was the extent of his involvement though. His statement was a combination of poor word choice, and trying to appear as a major factor in the developemnt. After all he wanted to be president, and some candidate's like to over embellish their participation in such important matter's, for obvious reason's. Sometime's that will bite you, if you are not carefull, such is the case here. Al also claimed that the book, " Love Story" was based on his and Tipper's life together. I think that statement also came back to bite him. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

georgeo76
04-01-2006, 05:56 PM
This is where I get off slipBall. No need to get the thread locked.