I Was Briefly Fooled by This Satirical Missoula Article
My first thought when I saw this article was that someone is a bit cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. I was poking around online today and saw a post titled "Conspiracy Researcher: Missoula, Montana Doesn't Exist." Being that it was an article about Missoula, and also because it was such a crazy claim, I had to click on it and see what it was all about. I'll admit that it took me a couple paragraphs before I realized it was satirical. But for a minute I was just shaking my head and thinking that somebody was really making these crazy claims.
I guess I might have caught on a bit quicker if I was familiar with the term (and the name of the website) Gish Gallop. Have you ever heard of it? Wikipedia describes it as "a term for an eristic technique in which a debater attempts to overwhelm an opponent by excessive number of arguments, without regard for the accuracy or strength of those arguments." After Googling the page I saw that it was a satire website and instantly felt much better that there wasn't indeed a group of conspiracy theorists that were adamant that Missoula didn't exist!
Check out the article for a chuckle as it takes you through the idea of Missoula being one giant hoax. One part states: “It’s effortless to prove that Missoula doesn’t exist. All you have to do is answer these three questions. Number one. Do you know anyone from Missoula? Two. Have you ever been to Missoula, Montana? And lastly, number three. Do you know anybody who has ever been to Missoula?”
It definitely feels like it could be something out of an episode of The Twilight Zone when one fictitious person exclaims: “I’ve been to Missoula, and now that I think about it, it probably doesn’t actually exist. The place did seem too perfect, like a dream or something.”
Alright internet.....I'll give it to you.....you won this round by making me click on your tricky headlines.
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