My favorite internet folklore/myth is the email that circulated not very long ago that proclaimed that Mars was going to pass so close to the earth that it would appear as large as the full moon. I am sure that many people believed this, because it was actually worded in a way that was believable. I still wonder how many were standing out in their yards looking towards the stars wondering where Mars was. It would have been even better if the harvest moon had appeared in the sky as the big red ball it is. That would have been funny.
Can you spot the difference?
Yeah I got this e-mail. It was half true Mars was going to pass its closest to the earth but some joker took the original text and cut a bit out. This made it read like Mars was going to appear as big as the moon to the naked eye.
Hats off to the perpetrator he nearly got me. It was only that I decided that surely Mars would gradually get bigger over a few nights, and not just sundenly appear like the moon on 1 night. Once I had looked into this further I found the real article which suprise, suprise mentioned high power telescopes etc etc.
Good try though!!