First up, the Federal Aviation Administration, or, FAA is finally gonna do some digging to determine whether or not personal electronic devices like your iPhone actually cause interference that could endanger your flight. We all know the answer to this one - hellz no! How do we know this? Because planes aren't dropping out of the sky in crazy numbers despite all the rule-breaking passengers who use their devices in violation of these warnings. Not that I ever -- I always listen to the flight attendants and follow the rules. But seriously, if your laptop or mp3 player could actually take down a plane, something tells us they wouldn't rely on the honor system in terms of having them turned off. Anyways, like we said, the FAA's looking into it and we could see a relaxing of these strict take-off and landing policies regarding personal electronics? What do you guys think? About time right?
Next up, Twitter is an amazing social networking tool that can spread important information almost instantly. It's also developed an incredible knack for declaring living people dead. This week's unfortunate victims of such Twitter hoaxes are Bill Nye, the super awesome Science Guy and Bill Cosby, both of whom are alive and well - or as well as can be expected for two guys who have to explain to their friends and families that they're not dead. Seriously, poor Bill Cosby has been declared dead like half a dozen times. I mean sure, internet pranks have their place, but declaring a dude dead over and over is actually really mean when you think of the impact it has on that person's loved ones. Trolls will always use Twitter to get their kicks, but only if retweet their nonsense. What do you guys think? Is there an obligation to correct false information where we see it? Ever use Twitter to set the record straight?
And finally, in addition to be annoying, hoaxes can also be deadly. That's the harsh lesson learned this week after a Montana man was struck by two cars and killed trying to stage Sasquatch sighting. 44-year-old Randy Lee Tenley donned a military-style ghillie suit and was apparently hoping to trick interstate drivers into thinking he was bigfoot when a pair of teenage drivers struck the camouflaged impersonator. Tenley's motivation was discovered by state troopers who interviewed his friends after the man was pronounced dead on site. The irony of course being that Tenley made the news not in terms of people calling in bigfoot sighting but in this tragic tale of a hoax gone wrong. So if there's a moral to today's Brief, it's to find more useful things to do with your time instead of creating traumatized victims of ill-conceived hoaxes.