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It's on the web, it must be true, right?

It's on the web, it must be true, right?

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 This topic shamelessly stolen from my wife J

I was listening to NPR the other day and ran into this discussion of Dihydrogen Monoxide.  And that reminded me of an experience my wife had in the classroom where she works.

Valorie’s a teachers aid in a split 5/6 classroom, and they started discussing about how you need to be skeptical about the things you find on the web.  She (and the teacher) pointed out a bunch of revisionism sites, sites where they denied that the moon landing existed, etc.

And then they hit: Buy Dehydrated Water.  The kids looked at it and were fascinated.  They wanted some.  They thought it was a remarkable product.  From their FAQ:

"What kind of reaction can I expect from my cat and plant if I only feed them dehydrated water?"

Response: Dead cat.  If you only consume one type of product and nothing else, you will ruin your body.  You must have a well balanced diet; even with dehydrated water.  For plants, confirms our water promotes healthy growth.

No amount of persuading could convince them that it wasn’t real.  It was on the web, wasn’t it, and they were selling it.  How could it be a fake?

So Valorie decided to buy some for the class. 

The people at BuyDehydratedWater.Com are absolutely amazing.  They sent them 24 packages of dehydrated water, complete with instructions, and their thanks.  They also threw in a free BuyDehydratedWater.Com sweatshirt – it’s my son’s favorite attire currently.

All the students in the class absolutely loved their packages of dehydrated water.


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