Icebergs, Tornadoes and Rapists, Oh My!
The news has been full of all sorts of unbelievable stories and hoaxes lately.
- News of a giant, 7000 carat diamond being found in the North West province appears to be a hoax – the owner has disappeared, along with the ‘diamond’, no one can prove it existed at all, the only image of it appears to be of a resin fake, and anyone reputable refuses to be associated with the story anymore.
- Gauteng province suffered massive gridlock throughout the afternoon as workers rushed home early, after a run of hoax emails and smses warning of a tornado or hurricane heading for the area caused widespread panic. I don’t even want to know the value of the work hours lost when half of the nation’s business capital decided to cut work based on a rumour.
- The SAPS is warning of another hoax email doing the rounds, supposedly from the SAPS itself, warning about a new rapist MO where women are raped in mall toilets. A very brief check of snopes will tell you that this is an oldie but a goodie.
- And on all the front covers of yesterday’s papers, SA fishing vessel Ntini has reported sighting an iceberg off St Francis Bay, amidst unseasonably cold weather. The skipper claims he has photos, so we’re going to have to wait until they dock on Friday to find out I guess, but no one has been able to substantiate it yet, even after an airforce flyover. There’s talk of checking satellite records of the area.
And this is why the folks at Snopes will never run out of things to do.