Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column putting a stop to the daily e-mail myths delivered to our in-box.Today’s is about a giant crocodile that was supposedly swimming through the streets of New Orleans feeding on humans.
The “true” e-mail tale accompanied by some outrageous photos read:”New Orleans! THIS IS REAL! Now this is a Crocodile!The crocodile (pictured somewhere on this page) was found in New Orleans swimming down the street – 21 feet long, 4,500 pounds, around 80 years old minimum. Specialists said that he was looking to eat humans because he was too old to catch animals. This crocodile was killed by the army last Sunday at 3 p.m. Currently he is in the freezer at the Azur hotel. The contents of its stomach will be analyzed this Friday at 2:30 p.m.”
The ALL CAPITAL LETTERS telling us it’s real looks legit. And the fact that there are specialists involved makes it totally true – not to mention the fact that it tells us the exact day and time the croc was killed and the exact day and time it will be analyzed. We mean, those are some serious details. Plus it gives the actual name of the hotel. Surely there’s nothing about this that screams LIE! LIE! LIE!But one of our brilliant sleuths here at the paper turned to the trusty, all-knowing world wide web for answers. And answers we got from the ever-reliable Snopes.com. Apparently – gasp! – there was no 21-foot-crocodile found swimming the flooded streets of New Orleans. But the photographs are totally legit.
Apparently, they were taken at Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo in 2003. They’re photos of a croc that was shot and killed there. Oh, and it’s not hanging out in some hotel’s freezer either.You can check out the dirty truth for yourself at http://www.snopes.com/katrina/photos/crocodile.asp.Just doing our civic duty.
***It’s Saturday and we’re out looking for crocs in Summit Up Land. We know they’re out there, and no, we’re not talking about those ridiculous shoes. If you’ve seen any of the reptiles, send us pictures at email@example.com.Just call us the crocodile hunter …
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