Summary: It is believed that because jfk did not wear at hat at his presidential inauguration, that started a trend wear men did not wear hats anymore, leading to the decline in hat sales. Identify the leaps in logic



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Snopes.com Activity


  1. Example of the assignment

    1. The “Hat Trick” story http://www.snopes.com/history/american/jfkhat.asp

    2. Summary: It is believed that because JFK did not wear at hat at his presidential inauguration, that started a trend wear men did not wear hats anymore, leading to the decline in hat sales.

    3. Identify the leaps in logic

      1. Assumption: Kennedy did not wear a hat; men stopped wearing hats

      2. Correlation vs. causation: The story assumes that JFK was the cause of the trend that men stopped wearing hats, but in reality, he was just reflecting a trend that had already started (correlation)

    4. Speculate as to why the story was created

      1. To demonstrate JFK’s influence (that people followed him for fashion)

      2. To explain why men stopped wearing hats

    5. Why did the story go viral? What was its appeal?

      1. JFK is a popular figure; folklore often develops around popular people

      2. It conveniently explains something (why men don’t wear hats)

      3. For fans of JFK, it confirms his popularity

      4. For fans of hats, it explains their demise at the hands (head?) of the sinister JFK




  1. Students’ Homework

    1. Go to snopes.com and find a popular story that has been proven false

    2. Summarize the story (both the story and the reality). You may print out the story and bring it to class if you’d like.

    3. Identify the leaps in logic

    4. Speculate as to why the story was created

    5. Explain why the story went viral. What was its appeal?




  1. In class the next day, students will:

    1. In groups of 4, share your stories and answers to the questions

    2. Vote on the best story in your group

    3. Each groups presents the best story to the class

    4. Discuss the relationships between these stories, urban legends, and folktales



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