An essay about A Closer Look at Snopes

Please read the example before writing. just a couple sentence, don’t need a page long.

For extra credit, please visit and have a look around. Click on any category along the top (e.g. What’s new, Fact Check, News, Hot 25, Archive etc.). Then if there is a sub-category click on that. Then click on a statement. Pay close attention to the COLOR OF THE DOT next to the claim. Green is TRUE. Red is FALSE (see the key for the meaning of other colors). Read the article associated with the claim.

Provide the following information in your response for full credit:

1. The path you took to your story, what was the first click, then what, etc. and the claim you finally chose.

2. The color of the dot next to the claim and whether or not the claim was true or false (sorry, this is repetitive but some people do mess it up).

3. A brief description of the claim you chose and any piece of information in the article that you found interesting


I clicked on the category “Food” in the Archive. Then I scrolled through the list and clicked on the claim “Hostess Twinkies have an indefinite shelf life.” The color of the dot next to the claim was RED, and the claim was false. According to the article, Twinkies have a shelf life of 25 days. Further, it takes 45 seconds to explode a Twinkie in a microwave.

NOTE: I like 90% of Snopes. Two parts make me 10% hate it. First, I hate the ads, but can forgive those as that is how “free” sites make money. Second, there is a page in the archive called Lost Legends that MUST be avoided because they demonstrate for you how Trolls work, and you will get stuck there a while and not have fun.

And, if you are interested in finding out more about Snopes and their work, take a look at this article. from the NYT about it.

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