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Schwarzkopf Urban Legend

Posted at 10:24 AM on August 4, 2006 by John Birge
Filed under: The blog

Be careful what you believe when it comes to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia! It can and does have errors, tho the same user-edited structure that causes the errors does allow those same errors to be corrected. Alas, too late for NPR in this case, from the Wikipedia entry on the late Elisabeth Schwarzkopf:

"An urban myth (probably started on Wikipedia[citation needed]) is that she was an aunt of Norman Schwarzkopf. However, the parents of Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr. were Julius George Schwarzkopf and Agnes Sarah Schmidt whilst Elisabeth's were Friedrich Schwarzkopf and Elisabeth Fr÷hling. This myth was repeated in an obituary by the Associated Press, and repeated by Forbes magazine[1] and the U.S.A.'s National Public Radio. [2] "

Oops! Reminds me of this recent headline in The Onion:
"Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence"
Hilarious article here.