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Holy Cow, Mr Ed was a Zebra!

  1. Jul 29, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.snopes.com/lost/mistered.asp?version=color#toggle

    Or

    http://users.aol.com/mwn3/page1.html

    Or

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Ed#.22Mister_Ed_was_a_zebra.22_hoax

    :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Jul 29, 2007 #2

    Moonbear

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    Okay, this is an easy one to address.
    A picture of a group of Grevy's zebras at this site:
    http://www.yptenc.org.uk/docs/factsheets/animal_facts/grevys_zebra.html
    Look at the shape of the ears and the mane.

    And pictures of Mr. Ed here:
    http://members.tripod.com/~horsefame/MrEdS.htm
    No makeup artist on the planet is that good. :rolleyes:

    I didn't click on the links yet...does the snopes article 'fess up at the end or anything to admit they've done it as a parody?

    Edit: Aha, there is a subtle link at the end of the snopes story (perhaps a bit too subtle though) to this page: http://www.snopes.com/lost/false.htm
     
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  4. Jul 29, 2007 #3

    Evo

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    I heard he was a llama.
     
  5. Jul 29, 2007 #4

    turbo

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    No, but the llama dubbed his voice for the Spanish-language version of the show. :biggrin:
     
  6. Jul 29, 2007 #5

    Math Is Hard

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Good one!

    Hola, Senor Wilburrr!
     
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  8. Jul 29, 2007 #7

    Chi Meson

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    Who snopes the Snopes?
     
  9. Jul 29, 2007 #8

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: At last, a funny xkcd!! :biggrin:

    That's usually my question.
     
  10. Jul 29, 2007 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.snopes.com/lost/false.htm

    I never did trust Snopes, but the original link in the op had me going for a minute there. I probably did mumble wtf a few times, but I did have to check other sites to see that it was a ruse, which I find to be very annoying.

    Yes.
     
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  11. Jul 29, 2007 #10

    Evo

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    I can't tell from the original link that it's intended as a joke. How are people supposed to know?
     
  12. Jul 29, 2007 #11

    Astronuc

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    Wikipedia? :rofl:

    Ivan, how could you mess with one of my favorite shows from childhood?
     
  13. Jul 29, 2007 #12

    Moonbear

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    The concept that a zebra doesn't look like a zebra on a black and white TV didn't strike you at all odd? They ARE black and white! :biggrin:
     
  14. Jul 29, 2007 #13

    Evo

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    No, no, that was ridiculous. I'm saying what Ivan did, that the page itself on snopes does not seem to have any disclaimer.
     
  15. Jul 29, 2007 #14

    Chi Meson

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    It's clearly a joke. It just doesn't appear that way if you go directly to that page. If you looked at the index for "The Repository Of Lost Legends (TROLL)," the rest of the topics are utterly, wonderfully Onionesque spoofs of themselves.

    Then they say, at the bottom of each of these pages: for more information on this page {click}

    I, for one, think that the Brbara and David Mikkelson are the real deal. I have not seen any other example of straightforward, objective fact-checking that has been so consistent for so long. The fact that they have created a section that invites folks to view with scepticism is a further credit to them.
     
  16. Jul 29, 2007 #15

    Ivan Seeking

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    Funny thing is that I came across this while searching for certain optical effects that were tested on B&W TVs.
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=178624

    Snopes goes into this bit

    But yes, the first thought was that I remember seeing zebras in B&W, and they always looked fine. The next thought was that this is not an optical effect that made any sense. And then Mr. Ed chiming in saying "maybe I didn't go to college, but I'm not stupid", was a bit of a warning flag. :biggrin:

    But, they do make it appear that the story is true. The link explaining the ruse is marked "More information about this page" and is located down at the bottom with stuff that most people ignore.
     
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  17. Jul 29, 2007 #16

    Evo

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    I believe that was Ivan's point.
     
  18. Jul 29, 2007 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    And therein lies the problem. I got the page as the second hit by searching google "color on black and white Television".

    From the thread that I linked about B&W TVs,
    Now that does happen, so they were dancing around real effects and creating nonsense out of it.
     
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  19. Jul 29, 2007 #18

    Chi Meson

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    I guess you shouldn't believe everything you read on the internet.

    Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck!:tongue2:
     
  20. Jul 29, 2007 #19

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    NO! If I read it, it must be true, or at least it must be publicly disproven before I stop believing in it, right? The Internet is a wonderful source of true information that should be passed on with no checking (that wastes time!).
     
  21. Jul 29, 2007 #20

    Evo

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    But Snopes is a site that you go to to check things out. :uhh: :biggrin:
     
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