selective focus photography of Pinocchio puppet
Pinocchio puppet – Photo by Jametlene Reskp

Lie #01:

Turkey, the country with the longest coastline on the Mediterranean, has sent drillships with a military escort to explore for energy on its continental shelf, saying that it, along with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus[ref] Τhe ilegally occupied since 1974 northeastern portion of the Republic of Cyprus[/ref], have rights in the region.

Here are the facts from Wikipedia:

Greece has a coastline of 13,676 km (15,147 km) and Turkey has 7,200 km (8,140 km).

In English: - List of countries by length of coastline

And in Turkish, just in case: Kıyı uzunluklarına göre ülkelerin listesiıyı_uzunluklarına_göre_ülkelerin_listesi


This has been repeated at least 1,730 times!

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Further reading

How liars create the ‘illusion of truth’ – BBC FUTURE

Recently, a team led by Lisa Fazio of Vanderbilt University set out to test how the illusion of truth effect interacts with our prior knowledge. Would it affect our existing knowledge?

….results show that the illusion of truth effect worked just as strongly for known as for unknown items, suggesting that prior knowledge won’t prevent repetition from swaying our judgements of plausibility.