lunes, 4 de abril de 2011

The Tea Time Hoax

Jerry Lewis, my dear students, is not a well-known teacher, but a famous actor. And we would like to travel to Nepal with you, but the news published by La Jueya last week was not true.

It was just a hoax, and its purpose was to celebrate April Fools' Day.

We use the word to refer to false news written in order to trick people. For example, somebody may send you an email saying that a certain program or webpage contains a virus, even knowing this is false. If you read the message, you will stop using the application or opening the webpage: you will have been hoaxed.

The term is loosely related to urban legends, which people pass on believing they are true, while nobody can find any evidence that they are. Among the most famous urban legends are these:

.-New York's sewage system is full of crocodiles which people bought when they were young and discard through the toilets when they start growing.
.-There's the ghost of a girl who stops your car at a bend of the road and tries to warn you to drive carefully (there are many versions of this particular legend).

Do you know any others? You can post them as a comment for everyone to read.

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