Thursday, January 19, 2012

How Rumours Become True

In the summer of 1946, the rumour of a famine swept through a province in a South American country.

Actually, the crops were growing well and the weather was perfect for a bumper harvest.

But on the strength of that rumour, 20,000 small farmers abandoned their farms and fled to the cities for work. Because of their actions, the crops failed, thousands starved and the rumour about the famine proved true.

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