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WTF is wrong with people... This super viral thread is word-for-word plagiarism of a two decade old essay (that's mostly been debunked: snopes.com/fact-check/rai…)

Scholars with large followings are sharing this

Do some due diligence! Share Twitter threads based on real research
If you want to share a fun thread based on real scholarly research, share this one on my PhD research into ancient chickens... it's fun, it has pictures of chickens, and it's based on hours and hours of actual research

Or if you just want something silly, but still based on hours and hours of actual research for my honors thesis. Try this thread on ancient use of marijuana. Bonus, it's got some fun gifs

Or maybe share one of my posts on ancient climate change. That's a damn relevant topic. And one that I'm reading widely on now in preparation of writing some articles on the topic

But scholars of the internet, I expect better from you. If you read an extensive post that you find interesting, maybe fine, give it a retweet.

But many scholars were saying this is the best thread they've ever read... to say that and not do even the tiniest due diligence 🤮
What I find really depressing is in the last 2 hrs, the original poster of the fake viral thread has gained over 2000 followers (I didn't screenshot but when I first saw he had 5000)

And he's a "trademark agent!" So he knows all about plagiarism... Stupid internet 😠😠 I'm done
And of course @Pompeiana79 (the expert on Roman roads, got this correct!)
Speaking of which, I have a rocking thread on Pompeii that includes some of Eric's work on Roman roads

If you're interested in archaeology and history, read and share well researched history!

And a detailed summary (with citations to actual scholars) of the plagiarism and other nuanced points that are right and wrong about the original thread/chain email

And the original poster, the intrepid Solicitor Holihan, has gained over 1000 followers since I last checked in...

On his website he claims to be an expert in "intellectual property"
And now he's crossed 10k followers

This is frustrating to watch. I put a ton of effort into crafting fun threads w/ real archaeology and history

I know I shouldn't be frustrated, many of you have shared very encouraging words, which I appreciate

but this just boils my blood
And a nice thread on @sarahparcak on how to detect #fakehistory

Follow her and dozens of other scholars who regularly tweet real (and fun) archaeology & history

A few good ones: @Moudhy @SarahEBond @DSAArchaeology
@MykeCole @DrKillgrove @DrSueOosthuizen

And this whole myth was debunked in 1999 on a listserv populated by Classicists!
Oh and as a zooarchaeologist who studies ancient Greek & roman animal bones, horses were MUCH smaller then than now (the largest I've seen were 1.65m withers)

We can't estimate width of butts accurately so we can't know if Roman cart gauges were in anyway related to horse asses
It's like stopping a flood with a wineglass...

How can we combat this?

The original post now has nearly 100k likes, and the poster has gained at least 7k followers (probably much more)

So tough... But we must keep trying to spread real knowledge!

Goodnight all!
Wow, the myth linking railway gauge back to Roman wheel ruts was first debunked in 1905. this is insane

Tour guides at Roman archaeological sites spread this myth too! A flagrant misuse of research by @Pompeiana79

How do you combat pervasive fake history that is just embedded into our story telling culture?

Especially when the narrative is so compelling

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