There's a lot of mystery and uncertainty surrounding the G8 and G20 summits so it's no surprise these international spectacles have sent the rumour mill into overdrive.
In Huntsville, where the G8 is taking place June 25-26, the tiny seasonal town is especially fertile grounds for that proverbial grapevine -- as one Huntsville local put it to me recently, "If you haven't heard a rumour in Huntsville by 5 o'clock, start one." The misinformation was already flying when I was up in Huntsville a few weeks ago -- everything from submarines patrolling the lakes to rumours of RCMP confiscating people's guns for an entire month. Other tall tales were even more bizarre -- one OPP officer told me he's heard local chatter of satellites that can read people's thoughts.
In Toronto, rumours are also starting to fly faster now that the G20 is just around the corner. And of course, we can always count on Twitter to add some fuel to the fire -- earlier this week, as a construction fence went up along Front St., a few people mistakenly tweeted it was the security perimeter for the G20 (that fence isn't going to go up until June 7). And during Wednesday's power outage, there were plenty of tweets speculating the blackouts were part of G20 preparation tests or conspiracies.
Today, Twitter has been especially rife with fake rumours but at least these ones come with a disclaimer. A #G20fakerumours hash tag has been started and people have been tweeting up a storm, announcing faux-facts about the G20 and its elaborate security preparations.
Here's a small sampling of what some people are coming up with:
And my personal favourite: