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Posted by opheliacrane on April 30, 2016 at 3:05 PM


Example of an actual quote


If you’ve ever had the pleasure of emailing me, then you know that I have a signature at the bottom of my email. It reads as follows:

If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight,

moonlight, no light

If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten

walls

I will write always

I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to

you.

 


I have been using this signature for about ten years or so. It was originally recommended to me by a very close friend of mine and of the many quotes one might use about me and my writing, it is the one quote that most accurately describes how I feel about the written word -- meaning, I’ll write forever. No matter what. Through rain, storms, sleet or dead of night, no evil shall escape my sight etc, etc.



So, recently, my laptop died on me and I was forced to reinstall everything I previously had on the system. When redoing my email, I discovered that I no longer had my beloved signature anymore. So, I was forced to turn to Google to find it – which is usually a fairly simple task. I type in the first line and find it immediately…but what I found with it really disturbed me. Let me illustrate it with one of the MANY memes I found it on:



Before I get into the problem with this picture, allow me to inform you that I am a big Henry Rollins fan. I mean, if you’ve never seen the man’s spoken word, you are really missing out. The guy’s relevant and funny and while you may or may not agree with his politics, he’s one of the most fearless public figures out there.



So, with this particular meme and general mistruth, you can imagine my utter sadness. Let me just get to the heart of the problem.

To whoever created this meme and whoever has been perpetuating this quote – Henry Rollins is not the author of this quote. He might’ve said it at one point and time, but he is not the author. The author is actually an Italian Poet, Dino Corvino.



Quotes are great things, really. I love a good quote – particularly one coming from Rollins. But please, people, can we do a little research before we create a meme? Is that too much to ask? I mean, the internet is littered with this misquoted line…which means lots of people think Henry Rollins is the author. He’s not. So…



This just goes to show, though, never trust a meme. There’s a terrible epidemic of quotes and pictures on the internet that no one has bothered to research. Hey, have you seen this one?



Yeah, that’s not Harriet Tubman. Not only is it insulting in that it’s suggesting that Tubman isn’t attractive enough to be on our money (And Andrew Jackson was?) It’s literally the wrong person! That is a photo of Lady Sara Forbes Bonetta, a slave who would eventually become goddaughter to Queen Victoria. And NOT HARRIET TUBMAN! Here’s the link proving it: http://www.snopes.com/young-harriet-tubman-photograph

And this one:



Fun fact. If any planet in our sky ever appears to us in this manner, we are all about to die. A planet that large being that visible in an earth sky would probably be the last thing any human would ever see before we were all obliterated. That’s just physics.

But if you doubt me, still, here you go: http://www.snopes.com/saturn-close-to-earth-meme/

Do me a favor, don’t take any meme at face value! And if you do believe a meme, take a few seconds to research it. Most of the time, it’s only a matter of typing in a description in Google. Or go on Snopes.com. But before you put it in your twitter, facebook, or instagram feed, look it up first. Like, don't be this guy.


 

 

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