Objects in Mirror

The power of Internet rumors

Posted at 6:48 PM on November 14, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Not certain how these things start...

Today I received a strange series of emails about a bear biting into a power line. Apparently someone somewhere thought the power outage affected MPR in some way. Probably someone's best friend's cousin. You know how these things work.

It seems the rumor created such hubbub that our Radio Network Supervisor finally had to Make A Clarifying Statement. He emailed the News and Engineering departments just to assure all that MPR was not affected by a bear-created power outage.

So if your mother forwards you an email about power outages due to inquisitive bears, rest assured MPR service was not interrupted. I know. I know!

According to one of our editors, a reporter found out Snopes has the scoop. Note: The site has images of the dead bear.

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