I think this is how some of the news and information that are too good to be true and yet too popular to be ignored. ..on social media work..
Thanks to Robert Greene for digging it up…
In a town of Tarnopol lived a man by the name Reb Feivel. One day he sat in his house deeply absorbed in his Talmud, he heard a loud noise outside. When he went to the window he saw a lot of little pranksters.
“Up to some new piece of mischief, no doubt,” he thought.
“Children, run quickly to the synagogue, “he cried, leaning out and improvising the first story that occurred to him. “You’ll see there a sea monster, And what a monster! It’s a creature with five feet, three eyes, and a beard like that of a goat, only it’s green!”
And sure enough the children scampered off and Reb Feivel returned to his studies. He smiled into his beard as he thought of the trick he had played on those little rascals.
It wasn’t long before his studies were interupted again, this time by running footsteps. When he went to the window he saw several Jews running.
“Where are you running?” He called out.
“To the synagogue!” Answered the Jews. “Haven’t you heard? There is a sea monster, there’s a creature with five legs, three eyes and a beard like that of a goat, only it’s green!”
Reb Feivel laughed with glee, thinking of the trick he had played and sat down again to his Talmud.
But no sooner had he begun to concentrate when suddenly he hard a dinning tumult outside. And what did he see? A great crowd of men and women and children, all running toward the synagogue.
“what’s up?” He cried, sticking his head out of the window.
“What a question! Why don’t you know? ” they answered. ” right in front of the synagogue there’s a sea monster. It’s a creature with five legs, three eyes, and a beard like that of a goat, only it’s green!:
And the crowd hurried by. Reb Feivel suddenly noticed that the rabbi himself was among them.
“Lord of the world! ” he exclaimed. “If the rabbi himself is running with them surely there must be something happening. Where there’s smoke there’s fire! “
Without further thought Reb Feivel grabbed his hat, left his house and begun running. ” who can tell?” He muttered to himself as he ran, all out of breath toward the synagogue.
….. Treasury of Jewish folklore
Remember. . When you start or share a viral message that is untrue or half true. . It would come back to you or someone close to you.