The recent plagiarism conversations wandered periodically to the topic of the validity of Wikipedia as a source in the first place. They popped into my head when I found this (arguably below) Wikipedia level source upon Googling something.
I'm avoiding a huge pile of grading by reading fiction (which I never ever do, so before any Humanities personalities dump on my choice... yes, it is middle school stuff. But I bet half of you can't do middle school science, so we're even). I picked up Nine Stories again and then Googled J. D. Salinger hoping to get a quick Wikipedia summary of which of them go with Glass Family characters.
I found this. And you must must must look at the photograph.
It's so bad it's got to be deliberate, no? Is this something an English professor planted to catch students using crap sources?
I got the thought in my head that it would be great fun to plant misinformation in places I've specifically told my students to avoid to see if they go there anyway.
Q1: What's the best shit information you've found your students using on the internet.
Q2: How much fun would it be to make this crap up? and where could we post similarly crappy information?