Is It Okay to Laminate My Vaccine Card? Fact-checking Four of this Week’s Widespread Rumors
Does laminating your COVID-19 vaccine card make it invalid? Will Ford move 17,000 jobs from Ohio to Mexico? What about that spiderweb between an antelope’s horns? Do the children of the Three Tenors really sing amazingly? Learn if these stories are genuine or just rumors and misinformation.
In this post, we will share four ongoing and widespread rumors. They may sound wild, ridiculous, or too creative to be believed. Can you tell which are true and which are false?
Does Laminating your COVID-19 vaccine card make it invalid?
False! But you should probably wait before laminating.
After stationery retailers Staples, Office Depot, and OfficeMax announced they were offering the free service of laminating COVID-19 vaccine cards, some people raised concerns. Rumor has it that laminating COVID-19 vaccination record cards will render them invalid.
One tweet about this rumor went viral, receiving more than 3.4K likes and 3.3 K retweets:
In fact, laminating your vaccine card will NOT make it invalid! The CDC suggests that you take good care of your vaccine card, so of course, you can choose to laminate it or not. However, they advise that you not laminate the card until after you have finished all vaccinations and boosters to record those records.
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Is Ford moving 17,000 jobs from Ohio to Mexico?
False! The Ford Motor Company is NOT moving 17,000 jobs from Ohio to Mexico.
A Facebook post that reads “17000 Ohio Ford motor jobs are going to Mexico” has been shared for over `10,000 times:
In reality, similar rumors have been discussed since 2016. According to Ford’s statement in 2019, they are committed to retaining the workforce in the Ohio Assembly Plant.
Ford had planned to create 1,500 more jobs in Ohio in 2019, but as the Detroit Free Press reported in March 2021, Ford will instead create those 1,500 jobs in Mexico.
At least for now, we know that 1,700 workers will continue work in Ohio, and obviously, the number “17,000” is exaggerated. Therefore, the statement “Ford is moving 17,000 jobs from Ohio to Mexico” is a false statement.
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Did somebody photograph an antelope with a spiderweb between its horns?
True! It may look incredible, but yes, the photo is real!
A Reddit post featuring a photo of an antelope with a spiderweb between its horns has circulated widely on the Internet, receiving over 40,800 Reddit upvotes:
The photo is indeed genuine. Dr. Jess Isden took it from WildCRU in Botswana. She posted these photos of the gemsbok to a Facebook page titled “The Spider Club of Southern Africa.” She was trying to figure out the species of spider.
In fact, it is common to see spiderwebs between animal horns. So, if you see similar pictures, do not be so shocked!
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Is the video of the children of the “Three Tenors” singing legit?
False! The video is miscaptioned.
A video captioned “The three children of the three best tenors of all time. Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Luciana Pavarotti” (translated from Portuguese “Os tres filhos dos tres melhores tenores de todos os tempos. Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras e Luciana Pavorotti”) has been circulating on social media recently. One of the posts sharing this video even received over 7.1K views. The video allegedly shows three children of the “Three Tenors” singing beautifully:
In fact, the singers featured in the video were not kids of the “Three Tenors.” They were actually an Italian singing trio comprised of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble. Plus, the original video was posted by the music group Il Volo Official back in 2012!
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