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"Facts" and their evaluation on the Web

If you're looking for "facts" to validate If you want to see reason in action 

If you're looking for "facts" to validate, try one or more of the following sites.

  1. Access Excellence "factoids" - Biology facts to amuse and inspire students
  2. Alcohol and Teens
  3. American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau
  4. Anti-Environmental myths
  5. Cancer Facts and Figures
  6. 50 Things You Need to Know about the Big C
  7. Center for Disease Control's News and Factsheets
  8. Child and Family Statistics
  9. CIA World Factbook
  10. Climate Justice Fact Sheet
  11. Did you know?
  12. Factoids: Why what you know ain't so (from a conservative perspective)
  13. Facts about tobacco and kids
  14. Fast Education Facts
  15. Fifty Facts from the World Health Report, 1998
  16. Food Facts from Sustain
  17. Fun factoids to know and share
  18. Fun facts from the Information Please Kids' Almanac
  19. Harper's Index archive
  20. The "Harper's Index" of teenage myths
  21. Just the facts about cars, pollution, lung disease and global warming from a "green" perspective
  22. Just the facts about social, economic and political equality for women
  23. Just the facts about advertising and marketing to kids
  24. Kids Count - the Annie E. Casey Foundation's reports on children in the U.S.
  25. Math Facts: Did you know that ... ?
  26. Misconceptions perpetuated by science textbooks
  27. Numbers that illustrate social inequality
  28. Population Factoids from Zero Population Growth
  29. Population Quick Facts from Zero Population Growth
  30. Population Reference Bureau: Quick Facts
  31. Presidents of the U.S. - all you ever wanted to know, and much more
  32. RefDesk's Fact of the Day
  33. Amazing Earth Facts from
  34. Stately Knowledge - facts about every state in the U.S. (including Washington D.C.)
  35. Strange Facts
  36. Today in History sites
  37. Welfare Myths
  1. from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
  2. from Welfare Mom
  3. from the Urban Institute
  4. from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

If you want to see reason in action

  1. Gotcha! - This US News special double issue is a good introduction to human gullibility.
  2. Baloney Detection  and More Baloney Detection - two Scientific American articles by Michael Shermer
  3. Current Health Hoaxes and Rumors debunked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  4. Evolutionists respond to Creationist arguments and 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense
  5. Famous Hoaxes - Would you have been sharp enough to spot these?
  6. James Randi (the man who "exposed" Uri Geller) - especially his Opinions archive
  7. Quackwatch - Your Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, and Intelligent Decisions
  8. The Real Computer Virus - Misinformation
  9. Skeptical Inquirer Magazine - Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
  10. Statistical Assessment Service
  11. Cecil Adams' The Straight Dope
  12. Urban Legends Reference pages - Are there really spiders hiding under toilet seats?
  13. Urban Legends tracked by
  14. What's New Physicist Bob Park's take on science as it is reported in the news and used/abused by politics.
  15. The September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S., and the U.S. government's response, opened the media flood gates.  Most of the response was overwhelmingly and understandably emotional.  Some of it was vicious.  I had to search long and hard to find voices of reason.  Here they are.

And, as we appeared to rush towards war, Andy Donato (at the time the editorial cartoonist for the Toronto Sun) made a statement that should give us all pause.  The quotation is from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (Act III, Scene 1, line 298).

To see more response from the nation's (indeed the world's) cartoonists, visit Daryl Cagle's collection of Terror Attack Cartoons.  More recently, he's begun a collection of Anthrax cartoons.  For his ongoing collection on the War on Terror, click here.  You might want to use cartoons you see there as subjects for the activity Cartoonist for a Day.

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original web posting: Thursday, February 24, 2000
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