Was baseball’s championship series named after its sponsor, the New York World newspaper?

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It’s the darndest thing.

Ever have someone tell you something to the effect of:

  • President Obama’s November 2010 trip to India is going to cost the U.S. $200 million per day?
  • Restaurant chains are really offering free meals to U.S. veterans in conjunction with Veteran’s Day?
  • Comedian Robin Williams’ has a great new plan for how the U.S. should handle foreign affairs?
  • That provision of Obama’s health care legislation that imposes a 3.8% sales tax on all real estate transactions?
  • The ‘Cap and Trade energy bill’ requires that all real estate must meet new energy standards before it can be sold?

Chances are, your conversation partner “heard about this” through a viral email, and the one, the only, the most reliable judge of whether these claims are true or false is:


We once told a home seller about the dangers of using Swiffer; because we had seen that propylene glycol was one of the ingredients in both Swiffer and anti-freeze, well, we scolded, and she checked it out on:


Check it out, especially before you start passing on “things you hear” as truth.

Answers: No, False, True, didn’t happen, false, false. And, Swiffer doesn’t poison pets, at least not the way anti-freeze can.

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