David Mikkelson

David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994 as a creative outgrowth of his wide-ranging interests in a variety of subjects (particularly folklore) and his professional expertise in the computer industry. Handling everything from researching and writing articles about urban legends to managing the site’s technical infrastructure, David saw snopes.com (which antedated the development of automated search engines) quickly become the go-to place for Internet users to query about anything questionable they encountered online, establishing it as the oldest and best known online fact-checking outlet operating today. David’s educational background includes a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas (San Antonio) and about a zillion course hours of post-graduate classes at California State University Northridge taken with no particular degree program in mind. His previous employment encompassed stints with the News-Chronicle (newspaper), Teledyne Electronics, USPS, JPL, Digital Equipment Corporation, Rocketdyne, and Health Net (HMO). In his ever-dwindling moments of free time away from snopes.com, David can be spotted at board gaming events and conventions.

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Rapper DMX Reportedly Hospitalized in Grave Condition After OD
  • 3 April 2021
The rapper, 50, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was at his New York home...
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Map Shows Most Popular Pandemic Cocktails Across the U.S.
  • 1 April 2021
Apparently COVID-related restrictions on restaurants and bars didn't stop Americans from enjoying cocktails during the...
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Listen to George Harrison’s Remarkable Isolated Vocals on the Song ‘Something’
  • 1 April 2021
An isolated vocal track from "Something" highlights the raw emotion in George Harrison's singing.
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Suppressed TV Episodes: ‘Bored She Hung Herself’
  • 28 March 2021
Controversy sometimes keeps episodes of a popular series off TV for years at a time,...
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Did a Baseball Player Protest His Fine by Paying in Pennies?
  • 6 August 2003
You can attempt to tender your fine payment in pennies, but you run the risk...
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Is This Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual?
  • 23 January 2015
"When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so that your mind is free...
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Did Babe Ruth Replace George Halas in the Yankees’ Outfield?
  • 20 March 2021
The answer to the trivia question "Whom did Babe Ruth replace as the Yankees' right...
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Did a Prague Newspaper Call U.S. a ‘Confederacy of Fools’ for Electing Joe Biden?
  • 17 March 2021
A Czech newspaper editorial purportedly claimed the U.S. was endangered by the people who elected...
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Is a ‘5G Energy Horse’ Stalking a Family?
  • 12 March 2021
At the very least, it should be several times faster than a 4G horse.
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James Brown and wife Adrienne Rodriegues at the 34th Grammy Awards ceremony.
Is the ‘Ambassador’ of Soul Music Entitled to Diplomatic Immunity?
  • 11 March 2021
Diplomatic immunity does not extend to American citizens who commit crimes in the U.S., ambassadors...
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Does O’Reilly Auto Parts Advertise Flux Capacitors?
  • 9 March 2021
A flux capacitor was the key component of Dr. Emmett Brown's DeLorean time machine in...
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Were Armed Kangaroos Added to a Military Combat Simulation Program?
  • 9 March 2021
Mutant Marsupials Take Up Arms Against Australian Air Force
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