|The contents of the Internet - values accurate as of the 3rd of January 2013|
Wonderful though the internet is, idiocy and bullshit can propagate like the dreaded lurgey can within the confines of a Petri Dish. It takes just one person to start the ball rolling, and it's mostly done with poor spelling.
|For legal purposes and for the gullible, I can confirm that Ham is NOT made from Maggots Noses.|
And because the secrets to verifying things like this are only known to super special internet research wizards™, the poor denizens of the internet have no option but to simply believe it. And in doing so, feel the need to educate their friends on facebook as well. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions*.
|For continued legal purposes, I can confirm that between you viewing the last picture and this one, the situation relating to the involvement of maggots noses in the production of Ham has NOT changed.|
|Of course Ham is made from Ham. This man is clearly no fool - he's a Super Special Internet Research Wizard™|
Nobody watching us? Good. Lean in closer. If you blab this to anyone, be careful - I know your IP address.
You can use the internet to find out, and it's simple. Before you post something, why not find out whether its true or not? This just doesn't apply to the connection between ham and maggots but can be applied universally - whether it to be a news story that doesn't ring true (see "anything in the Daily Mail"), a celebrity death or whether illegal immigrants claim more benefits than the countries natives (clue: They don't. The trick is in the word 'illegal').
There are a number of ways of doing this, but I tend to put in the title of the hoax and then follow it with the word "hoax", and see how many results I get. In time you might learn and refine your own methods - It's definitely an art, and not a science.
|This is a mocked up page from the internet. Ironically, the real search didn't retrieve many results at all. Because the very nature of this post is that I made up the Ham/Maggot nose controversy|
..and there we have it. Now you're a super special internet research wizard™ as well. Remember - with great power comes great responsibility, and you must use that responsibility to cleanse facebook of all the lies, half-truths and nonsense that makes up 90% of your newsfeed. The miseries who insist on clogging it up with vague enigmatic statements that they're desperately willing you to ask them about ("I'm so sad. I wish she'd never said that"), I can't help you with.
Or alternatively, feel free to steal one of the pictures from this blog and make a new exciting facebook entry about how you've discovered that ham is made from maggots noses. It's your call.
* - In actuality, the road to Hell is paved by Hellson Paving Contractors Limited - "Meeting your infernal paving requirements since 43AD".