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Old 08-29-2003, 08:11 AM   #1
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Mr. Ed was a zebra

My world will never be the same, now that I know what I know

http://www.snopes.com/lost/mistered.asp
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Old 08-29-2003, 08:30 AM   #2
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uh, it says "status: false"
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It says it was false that he was a *horse*...

(READ the story silly )
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Haaaa. Like Lassie, was a dog, not a um...bitch. Well some of 'her' weren't anyway.

Next they'll tell us there weren't 101 Dalmations, but like 5036 or something....

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And it was a MRS. ED!
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Mr Ed had a sex xhange as well and that site talked to me

Maybe I didn't go to college, but I'm not a horse...
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Yeah, that scared the crap outta me, my volume was way up on the computer
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I dont buy it.

That a Zebras stripes will disappear on black and white? Come on
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This story doesn't make any sense and their photographic evidence is hardly conclusive. They have one photo of a zebra as photographed in color and Mr. Ed in black and white as a "zebra seen on b&w t.v." They need a photo of a zebra from a B&W nature documentary to convince me on that one.

The photo of Mr. Ed is clearly a horse. Zebras have different manes and a slightly different look to the face--something they didn't explain in the article. How did they cover up the mane? Was it a horse wig?

And I don't buy the thing about stripes not showing up...think of all the prisoners in black and white movies and t.v. shows. I don't recall any footage where they "disappeared." Maybe someone has an actual example I could see?

Snopes, I expected better.
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This story doesn't make any sense and their photographic evidence is hardly conclusive. They have one photo of a zebra as photographed in color and Mr. Ed in black and white as a "zebra seen on b&w t.v." They need a photo of a zebra from a B&W nature documentary to convince me on that one.
yeah, I agree, I don't buy it either. I still think it's "false". it seems like a joke to me since when you click on the button to see what a zebra looks like in black and white, it shows a picture of Mr. Ed
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Did anyone click the "More information about this page" icon near the bottom of the page?
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Mr Ed was a horse, I want to hear no more of this zebra nonsense.

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Yes, if one clicks "More Information" one receives the following lecture: (I chopped alot out)

You've just had an enounter with False Authority Syndrome.

Everything in this section is a spoof. Mister Ed was no more a zebra than the origin of the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence had anything to do with pirates on a recruiting drive....

What is the point of the Lost Legends section, you say?

This section graphically demonstrates the pitfalls of falling into the lazy habit of taking as gospel any one information outlet's unsupported word. We could have put up a page saying "Don't believe everything you read, no matter how trustworthy the source," but that wouldn't have conveyed the message half as well as showing through direct example just how easy it is to fall into the "I got it from so-and-so, therefore it must be true" mindset. That's the same mindset that powers urban legends, the same basic mistake that impels countless well-meaning folks to confidently assert "True story; my aunt (husband, best friend, co-worker, boss, teacher, minister) told me so."

No single truth purveyor, no matter how reliable, should be considered an infallible font of accurate information. Folks make mistakes. Or they get duped. Or they have a bad day at the fact-checking bureau. Or some days they're just being silly. To not allow for any of this is to risk stepping into a pothole the size of Lake Superior.


Well, to Snopes for trying to give us a life's lesson. Pompous bastards. Trickery is not the best way to educate, which is probably why they spent so many paragraphs defending themselves.
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worth every minute


To many people believe: On Internet = True


We learn from little lessons like this one
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Well, I didn't believe them and now I think they're even more stupid than I did before.

People who believe the original story are only going to get their opinions reinforced by bad information. The fact that people are coming to an urban legend site means they want to see it debunked. And that link just isn't clear enough for curious researchers, imho.
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