Example: [Collected via Facebook June 2013]
I heard something about the Government purchasing 30,000 guillotines, 15,000 of which are in Georgia.
Origins: An item about the U.S. government's supposedly having purchased 30,000 guillotines after receiving
As usual with such types of rumors, none of those sites offered any evidence documenting that Congress had approved the purchase of guillotines, that the U.S. government had actually bought tens of thousands of those instruments, or that such machines were stored in stockpiles in Georgia and Montana, as claimed — all that information was simply repetition of rumor asserted as fact (i.e., "information we received") with no proof whatsoever behind it:
The information we received is that 15,000 are currently stored in Georgia and 15,000 in Montana.
Are the beheadings by Muslims today meant to desensitize us against U.S. Government beheadings in the future?
An indication of the credibility of this form of rumor can be gauged by noting that the illustration used to accompany its most recent outbreak isn't a photograph of a real guillotine at all, but rather a picture of a satirical "Chanel guillotine" sculpture by artist Tom Sachs.
Last updated: 20 June 2013