Terrorist Attacks Spawn Rampant Rumors
Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor
did you hear that Nostradamus predicted the attack on the
World Trade Center? If you said yes, I bet it is because
someone sent you E-mail about it. Is it even close to
being true? No. This is just one of many rumors -- some
true, some false, and some partially true -- that have
been flying around the Internet since September 11. There
are so many rumors, in fact, that About.com even set up a
called"Rumor Watch: Terrorist Attacks on U.S."
to track the rumors and attempt to verify them.
Some other common rumors that are circulating,
according to the article "As Smoke
From Terror Attacks Clears, Urban Legends Spread,"
A story describing a Port Authority
officer caught high up in a Trade Center tower as
it collapsed, surviving by riding the debris all
the way down.
Then there's the face in the
smoke that.some have claimed can be made out in
dark smoke along one side of the Trade Center in
an Associated Press photograph taken last week.
This has been called "the face of
Satan" on some Internet postings.
Another E-mail circulating sees the
number 11 as significant. It notes that the
attack occurred on Sept. 11. The first plane to
strike the towers was Flight 11. Sept. 11 is the
254th day of the year and 2+5+4=11. Also, the
towers resembled a big 11 before they were
If you feel like you have been taken in by these
rumors/legends, don't feel bad about it. According to
many mental health experts this is just the way many
people attempt to make sense of seemingly
incomprehensible disasters. Do us all a favor, though.
Before you forward the next rumor that pops into your
mailbox, check out one of these sites to at least make
sure it is true.: