Abraham Lincoln invented Facebook?
Blogging consultant Nate St. Pierre decided to have a little fun with the Internet by fabricating a story about how Lincoln was rejected for a patent in 1845 for a Facebook-like newspaper.
St. Pierre got a few bites and the story spread through the Internet and Twitter as a newly-discovered fact. The viral hoax was picked up by a few tech blogs.
Taking a jab at reporters, St. Pierre's final reason for the hoax was to "to illustrate one of the drawbacks to our 'first and fastest' news aggregation and reporting mentality, especially online."
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