Researchers wanted to see whether kids could tell whether or not a website was legit or total crap. Unfortunately, it was total crap and they thought it was legit.
Researchers asked students to find out information about the endangered Pacific Northwest tree octopus. Students had no problem locating a Web site dedicated to the cause, zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/ “but insisted on the existence of the made-up story, even after researchers explained the information on the website was completely fabricated,” according to a press release.
via mySA.com blog.