“The Internet is, in a lot of ways, its own folklore-creating machine,” she says. “If a unit of data gets shared enough times it is considered true.”
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/tearcatchers-victorian-myth-bottle Accessed 25 May 2017.Debunking the Myth of 19th-Century ‘Tear Catchers’.” Atlas Obscura. 2 May 2017.
This is a problem with the echo chamber of the web. If something is repeated enough times people assume it’s true. This is especially true of not very reputable websites that often copy content from each other. So you find a shakey fact on one site, google it and you’ll find the exact same list on another shakey website and it’s confirmed. People also love good stories, especially with lots of (capital R) Romance and drama like the “tear catchers” (really perfume bottles) even if they don’t make sense if you take a moment and think about them. If it’s a good story it’s very difficult to shake someone’s belief. So be a good example if something is too good a story take a minute and dig a bit to see if it’s true before you believe it in the first place.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.