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# Wednesday, 26 August 2009

The power of the internet as a great medium for information distribution is indisputable, so is its power to distribute misinformation, I read about a forum post in a Greater China Lego forum about a body part of a Lego Giraffe in Germany being stolen, and they also posted a link to Yahoo news in Taiwan, which says that the body part is a sex organ!

When I read this news, I was a little puzzled, could that be real? I really doubt if the Lego builder in charge of building the giraffe would pursue details up to that level, obviously that part should not be a focus of effort involving 15000 pieces.

A quick research reveals that it was not the sex organ, but the tail which was stolen:

http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE57O4AO20090825

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090825/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_germany_giraffe

So after all the power of the web can correct itself, all we as readers should do is to remain alert on any possible misleading articles that do not seem to make sense, and use the power of the web to dig out the real news. I am not sure where is the origin of the misinformation, I think the editor of the Yahoo News may be a victim as well, so perhaps a safer way is to search for pictures of the Lego Giraffe, which I did find some:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lego_Giraffe_Potsdamer_Platz_Berlin.jpg

http://www.reisenews-online.de/2008/07/11/lego-giraffe-ohne-schwanz/

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/PsGz4e0N8BpwTYl3kSjl0g

On the topic of the tail being stolen, I also wonder on the motive, is it simply greed as the tail is the part that can be easily detached? Or is it the passion of lego turning evil? What do you think?