WOOZLES, FACTOIDS & FACTS

GARDNER SPEAKS

(I feel uncomfortable—and lazy—using Wikipedia for my research in an essay about the validity of information in discourse but, yes, I am lazy. Besides, this Wikipedia information seems well sourced. Anyway, to quote:)

 A Woozle is an imaginary creature in . . . Winnie the Pooh, published 1926. In chapter three, “In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle,” Winnie the Pooh and Piglet start following tracks left in snow believing they are the tracks of a Woozle. The         tracks keep multiplying. Christopher Robin then explains that they have been following their own tracks around a tree.”

woozle tracks

The creature’s name has been applied to “’the Woozle effect,’ where a particular finding gets quoted and re-quoted because it sounds logical and has the ring of truth, regardless of the reliability of the original source.”

(If this Wikipedia material is inaccurate, I…

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