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The Paris Attack Tweet That’s Causing a Stir

On 11th November 2015, two days prior to the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, a Tweet was made reporting the incident. And the fact that on Twitter you cannot edit a post like you do on Facebook,  so as to say that it was just a random post that was later edited to reflect events, has gotten people all hyped up and drawing all sorts of conclusions. In fact,  the conspiracies have already started to pile up.

The image isn’t Photoshopped. Here’s the direct link if you want to see it yourself.

Reality is, this is a random bot. I know, I know. I can’t believe it myself when I think in terms of statistics and probabilities for that particular Tweet to have come up, but when you consider the fact that this bot posts random crap every minute, and you think of “the monkey typewriter theorem” (which states that if a certain number of monkeys were given typewriters and a really long time, they could write the complete works of Shakespeare, a similar idea found within the value for pi), you’d see how that’s probable. The feed’s tactic of posting unrelated headlines just makes it a pretty, spooky coincidence, for it made previous claims in the past with similar headlines and numbers:

Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to at least 120 with 270 others injured (link to Tweet)

Death toll from Nigerian mosque attack rises to at least 120 with 270 others injured (link to Tweet)

Don’t fall for it… there’s already too much confusion in this world to add more. It’s nothing but another of those very weird life coincidences.

Written by Ali B. Moe