Best Buy’s Worst Lie — Interesting Spread of a Single, Unconfirmed Incident of Deception

A simple entry of “best/worst lies ever told” in the Google search field will return approximately 13 million results in less than a second.  A number of lists have been created by sites that make a habit out of making lists.

In several rankings of “the tope 10 worst/best lies” appears an alleged incident at a Best Buy in North Carolina. Evidently, two TVs were displayed side-by-side both showing ESPN. One of the sets looked significantly better than the other. Supposedly it was the a higher quality and calibrated set. Easy enough.

But then the myth takes over — evidently one of the TV sets was showing regular ol’ ESPN and the other was displaying ESPN HD. If this was the case, then we are looking at basic false advertising. But, the thing is, even though this incident has landed Best Buy in the ranks of the worst lies ever told, their is no/none/zip/nada proof of the claims that put structure to this supposed lie. Do some research into this and nothing more than reposting of the original story/myth can be found.

Moral: Rumors about lies spread much too fast for the truth to catch up.

Second moral: We love lists (1.3 billion results in .10 seconds)


About Christopher Metcalf - Author

Christopher Metcalf is the author of Lance Priest / Preacher novels. Lance "Preacher" Priest is a spy, a killer, a human chameleon. He is the CIA's perfect weapon who lives by one simple rule -- there are no rules. Spies and Lies is a blog dedicated to espionage, the art and science of lying and occasional creative writing.
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