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Tonight: Party for hurricane relief

Since we sometimes get a good laugh at the oddball things that pass as nightclub promotions in this city, I feel compelled to share when the club promoters and DJs join together to do something nice. That’s what they’re doing tonight. At Fajita Fiesta, the usual Margarita Mondays is on temporary hiatus, making way for an event that aims to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Per the flier, 100% of the money raised goes to American Red Cross.

Hurricane Sandy: the Internet is lying to you

Amid the destruction that Hurricane Sandy has unleashed on the East Coast, it’s also responsible for a lot of misinformation being passed around the Internet by people rubber-necking the storm via social media.

Here in Fresno, we go outside and see sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures. So when your mom shares something on Facebook that she got from someone she knew 20 years ago, it’s easy to believe it’s legit. We can’t just look out the window and know better. Besides, when did Mom ever lie to you?

However, many of the pictures getting passed most frequently are, at worst, totally Photoshopped or, at best, being used in the wrong context. This includes the original version of the now meme-ized pic above. The original, with a sky from Nebraska looking down ominously at Lady Liberty, is still the first thing that comes up in a Google Images search for “Hurricane Sandy.”

The pic of guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? Also not entirely true. That photo was taken in September — but soldiers are guarding it. The Atlantic and Mashable both have good photo-fact-checking collections, if you want sort the real from the fake.

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