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Welcome to the fact-free zone

One of my favorite activities is to ask simple questions in response to people's crazy assertions on Facebook. Usually it goes something like one of these: Do you have any examples? What story are you referring to? Where did you hear that? Nothing accusatory, just the basics.

The responses are often hilarious and ridiculous, proving again and again that we're living in a world where facts are things to be sniffed at. A New Yorker Cartoon had it right. "I'm sorry, Jeannie, your answer was correct, but Kevin shouted his incorrect answer over yours, so he gets the point."

Recently I saw a woman railing against Snopes as one of the more untrustworthy sources of information in existence. I couldn't resist the opportunity, so I asked if she had any examples. Her response was priceless.

"All you have to do is read the site. It's chock-full of misinformation. Do you need your hand held to read it? I don't have the energy today. Just go to snopes.com and start reading."

Got it. You win.

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