There is an episode of the old television series Bonanza where Ben Cartwright and his sons travel to another town to sell cattle where events there perpetuate “alternative facts.” They arrive in town without cash due to a robbery, so the locals think they're destitute. Hoss is tricked into drinking a high alcohol beverage and causes a disturbance so he must be a worthless drunk. The deception culminates when Ben is lured to a barn, knocked unconscious, and hung by a rope to look like suicide.
The stories that were spun were designed to settle a score and make people believe that the high and mighty Ben Cartwright had fallen so low that he was responsible for ending his own life. Fortunately, the plot was foiled and the perpetrator’s myths were busted.
There are also myths perpetuated by the uninformed about cycling that stop people from enjoying a bike ride in the city. Below we tackle a few of them.
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