"Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom and gave the world the telephone and the internet...."
You don't have to believe everything you hear, but what to do if such 'facts' come right down from the White House.
Twitter has been busy lately calling out the White House for tweeting lines from President Donald Trump's speech from Independence Day Mount Rushmore on July 3 which had a series of claims being accredited to America, but falsely.
The White House took to Twitter to write, "Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom, and gave the world the telephone and the internet. We settled the Wild West, won two World Wars, landed American Astronauts on the Moon—and one day soon, we will plant our flag on Mars! — President @realDonaldTrump"
"Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom, and gave the world the telephone and the internet. We settled the Wild West, won two World Wars, landed American Astronauts on the Moon—and one day soon, we will plant our flag on Mars!"
— President @realDonaldTrump— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 6, 2020
However, netizens were quick enough to point out the host of incorrect facts and has been trolling White House for promoting such "fake news".
Telephone. Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish
Atom first split in Manchester, England by Sir Ernest Rutherford
Internet, ok but that’s just the means of communication. World Wide Web invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Electric motor patented by William Sturgeon from Lancashire— Tim@Home* #BLM (@Tim_McNulty) July 7, 2020
Rutherford (Kiwi) split the atom, Bell (Scot) invented the telephone, Berners-Lee (Brit) invented the WWW, ‘settling’ the Wild West=murdering the Native Americans, the 2 WWs not all yr own work. Otherwise you’re good to go. https://t.co/p6i4IwUdma— Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) July 7, 2020
Wow. So many mistakes in one tweet.
Are there no history books in the white house library ?— Rob McCluskey ✊🌹😼 (@rob_mccluskey) July 6, 2020
Electricity. Hard to pinpoint one nation.
Splitting atom. Ernest Rutherford. New Zealander working in UK.
Phone. Alexander Graham Bell. Scottish.
Internet. USA. Although WWW was a Brit scientist.
WW2. Allies including USA. Russia did A LOT.
Wild West. You can have that one Don. https://t.co/TT0QbTzWKT— Rob Manuel - Follow @fesshole now! (@robmanuel) July 7, 2020
Woah, woah, some beg to differ!July 7, 2020
Atom - Rutherford, a New Zealander.
Internet - Tim Berners-Lee, an Englishman.
Telephone - Alexander Graham Bell, a Scotsman.
The White House is always spot on https://t.co/Cs52C4Qm3Y— Daniele Palumbo (@Danict89) July 7, 2020
On Thursday, Trump tweeted about increasing number of coronavirus cases in the US and said that the only reason the country had more cases than anywhere else in the world is because they were testing more. He said that millions of Americans had been tested and that if they reduced testing by half, the number of cases would go down. For emphasis, Trump used a common English phrase - "For the hundredth time." But there was an error - he wrote "1/100th", which means one by hundred whereas he probably meant to write "one-hundredth time".