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— Erica – August 3rd 2018 at 7:13 pm EDTHide responsesNext, find out where your friend might have gotten that claim. An internet search of thephrase “more people died molasses coyotes” yields the following site:Iloveuselessknowledge.com. Screenshot taken on January 15, 2018.You look through a few additional websites, and you don’t see any information thatsuggests that this claim has already been disproven, or that it comes from a fake newssource.Multiple-Choice Question
8/4/2018Critical Thinking - HENRY SIMONI-WASTILA3/7Based on what you know now and what you see on the screenshot of thewebsite above, how should you treat the credibility of the claim?Saved moments ago.If you can’t find a credible source to verify or disprove a claim, you can investigate ityourself. In this case, you can break it down by completing these three steps:1. Find out if anyone has ever died from drowning in molasses.2. Find out if anyone has ever died from a coyote attack.3. Compare the numbers.The Dangers of MolassesWhen you’re investigating a claim about which you have very little backgroundinformation, websites like Wikipedia can often serve as good starting points to find outmore information.Great Molasses Flood WikipediaMultiple-Choice QuestionAccording to the Wikipedia article about the Great Molasses Flood, howmany people were killed by a wave of rushing molasses?2135150No one was killed; the article states that it’s a just a local legend.Correct. According to the article, 21 people were killed by the wave of rushing molasses.
8/4/2018Critical Thinking - HENRY SIMONI-WASTILA4/7Saved moments ago.Since information on Wikipedia is user-written and user-edited, it’s important to verifyfacts on external websites. The footnote references in the articles you read on Wikipediacan often be a good place to start.The Science of the Great Molasses Flood Scientific American, Ferris Jabr (August 1,2013)Nearly a Century Later, Structural Flaw in Molasses Tank Revealed Boston Globe, PeterSchworm (January 14, 2015)Multiple-Choice QuestionHow does the body count reported in the articles above compare to whatWikipedia says?Correct. The Scientific Americanarticle, the Boston Globearticle, and the Wikipediaarticle all state that 21 people were killed in the Great Molasses Flood.Saved moments ago.The Dangers of CoyotesNow it’s time to find out how many people have been killed by coyotes.Coyote Attacks on Humans WikipediaMultiple-Choice QuestionAccording to the Wikipedia article about coyote attacks on humans, howmany fatal coyote attacks on humans have been confirmed?2