Oh, come on! Icebergs on Lake Michigan? Really? So says the email that landed in my Inbox this morning. The icebergs were big and white and some were even streaked with blue. Quite pretty, but Lake Michigan??
Ice on Lake Michigan is not out of the question, but nothing even close to anything like the ‘bergs in the photos has ever been spotted. Not only do the NOAA charts reveal the lakes to be mainly ice-free as of yesterday, my favorite Urban Legends site, Snopes.com, reports the photos are from the southern waters of the Antarctic.
Purported Lake Michigan icebergs. Photo: Who knows? (Snopes actually attributes the photo to Oyvind Tangend, a Norwegian sailor.)
Then there’s the email that seems to land in my Inbox each spring: “Tornado Threatens Oil Rig!” And the email includes the most amazingly sharp, clear, studio-perfect photo of a tornado in the middle of the night approaching a desolate Texas oil rig. If it’s too good to be true, don’t you think it is? The tornado funnel and lightning is real; it’s a photo taken in Melbourne, Florida; it’s anybody’s guess as to where the oil rig was/is – but it wasn’t near this tornado!
Watch out Oil Rig Workers! OMG! Original photo: NOAA, Melbourne, FL.
Writer: Dave Gorham