today i learned – sat 25th mar 2017

today’s post is going to be a little different; Β as appose to learning a new fact, i actually learned that a fact i thought i knew, had been a lie all along 😭 (that said, i did subsequently learn some facts).

#tdil that the whole ‘war of the worlds mass panic’ thing never actually happened 😳 – Β it’s kind of a shame really, i quite liked that story.Β 

so, if you don’t know the story already, it’s said that when orson welles’ war of the worlds was broadcast on the radio in 1938, mass panic arose as millions of people thought it was a real life actual alien invasion and not just a story! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘½

today i’ve since learned that it didn’t actually happen πŸ˜’. in fact, the supposed ‘panic’ was so localised and small that it was near unmeasurable.

with that in mind, you might now be wondering how the story even came about … well, it was all due to the newspaper peeps really disliking the radio peeps πŸ™ƒ.

why the beef? well, during the depression, radio siphoned off lots of print advertising revenue – always a good way to start an argument. aiming to destabilise radio, the newspaper people blew up the war of the worlds panic story significantly.

basically, by making radio seem like it was totally incompetent at delivering news, the newspaper people thought they could gain themselves back some additional dollar πŸ’°πŸ’° … you know, because nobody wants the people delivering them news to be untrustworthy (like newspapers #burn #justsaying πŸ˜…).

that’s the whole thing! unlike the terrible ending to the film, this fact is actually pretty cool 😬 i genuinely always thought that the mass panic was a legit thing! it’s made me chuckle on many an occasion … little bit sad now it’s not true 😒

anyway, interesting huh! πŸ‘½πŸ‘½. whilst reading this, there’s every possibility that you just learned and unlearned a fact all at the same time πŸ˜‚. if you’d like to know more, i got my information from –>here<–

ciao 😜 #tdil


(i’ve been stealing images again … this time, it came from someone’s pinterest and because of that, i can’t actually tell you where it originated. regardless, credit to the original owner πŸ‘πŸ»)

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