Tuesday, July 29, 2003

NEWS of the WEIRD

NEWS of the WEIRD As this site proclaims, "Proof that true stories are weirder than made-up stories." This is a interesting site with a large number of funny (and sometimes disturbing) stories. I think this would make for a good information literacy assignment. How about we have students try to find out if the stories are true? With a little digging, and the help of Lexis-Nexis, it should be possible to track down all the events being described. I noticed that generic web searches for the news described brings up a lot of hits to newspapers who carry the weekly News of the Weird columns. It could be a challenging assignment that teaches how hard it is to verify claims on the Internet.