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Thread: Factual Error Found on Internet

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    May 2002

    Factual Error Found on Internet

    LONGMONT, CO—The Information Age was dealt a stunning blow Monday, when a factual error was discovered on the Internet. The error was found on TedsUltimateBradyBunch.com, a Brady Bunch fan site that incorrectly listed the show's debut year as 1968, not 1969.

    Caryn Wisniewski, a Pueblo, CO, legal secretary and diehard Brady Bunch fan, came across the mistake while searching for information about the show's first-season cast.

    "When I first saw 1968 on the web page, I thought, 'Wow, apparently, all those Brady Bunch books I've read listing 1969 as the show's first year were wrong,'" Wisniewski told reporters at a press conference. "But even though I obviously trusted the Internet, I was still kind of puzzled. So I checked other Brady Bunch fan sites, and all of them said 1969. After a while, it slowly began to sink in that the World Wide Web might be tainted with unreliable information."

    Following up on her suspicion, Wisniewski phoned her public library, the ABC television network, and the office of Brady Bunch producer Sherwood Schwartz—all of whom confirmed that "Ted's Ultimate Brady Bunch Site" was in error.

    Attempts to contact the webmaster of "Ted's Ultimate Brady Bunch Site," identified as Ted Crewes of Naugatuck, CT, were unsuccessful. The page has been taken offline by its host, Cheaphost.net, which released a statement Tuesday.

    "We at Cheaphost were deeply saddened and disturbed to learn that one of the millions of pages we host contained a factual discrepancy," the web-posted statement read. "Please be assured that we are doing everything within our power to ensure that nothing of the sort happens again. We will not rest until the Internet's once-sterling reputation as the world's leading source for 100 percent reliable information is restored."

    Paul Boutin, senior editor of Wired, said the error is likely to have a profound effect on how the Internet is perceived.

    "Will we ever fully trust the Web again?" Boutin asked. "We may well be witnessing the dawn of a new era of skepticism in which we no longer accept everything we read online at face value. But regardless of what the future holds, one thing is clear: The Internet's status as the world's definitive repository of incontrovertible fact has been jeopardized."

    Peter Luyck, 30, a Dallas-area graphic designer and frequent Internet user, was crestfallen.

    "If it happens once, it can happen again," Luyck said. "I shudder to think that, one dark day in the future, misinformation could again make its way online. In fact, it may already have. How do we know that trusted sites like the Drudge Report and ****ed Company are as accurate as we instinctively trust them to be? Can we blindly trust that SpideyRulez.com is correct in its reportage that the upcoming Spider-Man sequel will feature Christopher Walken as Dr. Octopus? Pandora is out of the box."

    Though the Brady Bunch error is the first confirmed instance of false information on the Internet, scares have occurred in the past. In 1998, an e-mail sent to a woman in Warner Robins, GA, made an unverifiable claim that she could earn thousands of dollars from an initial $5 investment. The claim was never conclusively proven false, and no charges were filed.

    Courtesy of TheOnion.com
    Just remember: Abraham Lincoln didn\'t die in vain. He died in Washington D.C.

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    Mar 2002

    Of course the internet won't be the most correct place to find information on eveything, especially if it's a fan site/general public site....

    It's like they say, don't believe everything you read!

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    Apr 2002
    That was a joke post right...

    You mean to say there are people out there who believe EVERY thing that they see and read?

    LOL... **** these people probably even believe every thing that 60mins tell them...

    And the Media ran with this story... jeez it must be a quiet day... jeez this is what you would find ON the Brady Bunch..

    but it was a joke post right... right please... onion.com are not a serious site right...??

    I may have to hang myself if it is true that there are errors on the internet...
    "Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me http://www.cybercrypt.co.nr

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    Sep 2001
    That's good stuff. I didn't even figure out it was a joke until the quote from the hosting provider..heheh

    I'm waiting for a "fan" to sue a fan site for listing wrong information. Or even worse, a celebrity suing to shut the site down because of a typo...

    What a world we live in, eh?

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    May 2002
    Yeah, it's a joke news site. It's fun to see who actually believes it, though. Enough fact to be true, but skewed enough that most people get the hint that it's a farce.
    Just remember: Abraham Lincoln didn\'t die in vain. He died in Washington D.C.

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    Aug 2001
    Ohhh my this will ruin my life........ Brady buch started in 1968 not 1969 how can I ever face the world again... ahhhhh.
    Sorry folks... I'm ready to leave work for a three day weekend...
    A squirrel with no nuts will soon starve.

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    Jul 2001
    Lol... of course its a joke post guys.. come on.. If you like that there's many other untrue hilarious stories over at http://www.theonion.com You will also find the story posted here over there as well.. Enjoy!


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    Nov 2001
    Crazy bastards.
    LMAO @ "1969".

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    Flash M0nkey
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    Sep 2001
    and some people believed this?????


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    The internet is great for a lot of reasons. It allows the timely and widespread distribution of large amounts of information. Unfortunately, there is no assurance that what is seen on the internet is correct.
    For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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