Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Watch Those Emails!

Last week I received an email that claimed that a new world record in harvesting wheat was set this year near Norton, KS. I’ve learned that a lot of emails, especially political ones, are either blatantly false or only half-true, which is often worse. I don’t check them all out, but this one was one I wanted to share with you, so I did verify its authenticity.

Unfortunately, this is one of those emails that is half-true. The record was set, but it was 900 miles north of Norton in Winkler, Canada. In August, 2006 105 combines harvested 162 acres of wheat in 11 minutes, 8 seconds to benefit Children’s Camps International, a local charity that holds kids camps around the world. An estimated 10,000 people came out to watch the feat.

Here is a great article on the email story and the real story.

Winkler’s response, “To the folks in Kansas, there’s no hard feelings…but please break the record! We had so much fun doing it we want to try again! If there are other communities out there who are aiming for the record please let us know.”

Don’t you love that small town “Can Do” (it again!) spirit?

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