Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Video clip shows drunken Russian coal miners being interviewed about an on-the-job accident.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2005]
Origins: Want to turn an ordinary video clip into an archly humorous one? It's easy — just pick a clip which provides the viewer no discernable frame of reference, is too short for the viewer to establish its context, or provides a soundtrack in a language the viewer doesn't understand. Those factors are at work in the presentation of this video clip, which purportedly depicts drunken Russian coal miners being interviewed about an on-the-job accident.
A translation of what the men are actually saying belies the proffered explanation,
Man: We were last paid on March 6th, and that was salary due to us from last November.
Interviewer: When did you last work?
Man: Last month, November, November 17.
Other man [offscreen]: Imagine waiting half a year for your salary.
Interviewer: Why did you decide to resort to such an extreme measure?
Man: Because they don't pay. They keep on telling lies.
Interviewer: Do you think this will help?
Man: I don't know
Other man: [offscreen]: I hope so.
Man: Yes, I hope so. We're counting on your help.
Last updated: 23 July 2005
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