David Mikkelson

David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994 as a creative outgrowth of his wide-ranging interests in a variety of subjects (particularly folklore) and his professional expertise in the computer industry. Handling everything from researching and writing articles about urban legends to managing the site’s technical infrastructure, David saw snopes.com (which antedated the development of automated search engines) quickly become the go-to place for Internet users to query about anything questionable they encountered online, establishing it as the oldest and best known online fact-checking outlet operating today. David’s educational background includes a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas (San Antonio) and about a zillion course hours of post-graduate classes at California State University Northridge taken with no particular degree program in mind. His previous employment encompassed stints with the News-Chronicle (newspaper), Teledyne Electronics, USPS, JPL, Digital Equipment Corporation, Rocketdyne, and Health Net (HMO). In his ever-dwindling moments of free time away from snopes.com, David can be spotted at board gaming events and conventions.

election fraud
Was a ‘Biden Election Official’ Arrested for Election Fraud in Texas?
  • 14 January 2021
An arrest for election-related offenses in Texas in January 2021 had no connection to the...
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Did Donald Trump Jr. Tweet That Being Impeached Was ‘Deplorable’?
  • 13 January 2021
Shifting political tides often make previous public statements seem embarrassing in retrospect.
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Did Trump Threaten to Prosecute Anyone Who Damaged Federal Buildings?
  • 6 January 2021
Many previous political tweets proved not to have aged well as chaos unfolded at the...
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Fake CNN Report: COVID Vaccine Recipients Become Cannibals
  • 5 January 2021
Sharing doctored CNN news chyrons is a cottage industry on social media platforms.
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This photo is rumored to be the horngus of a dongfish.
Is This the Horngus of a Dongfish?
  • 5 January 2021
The dongfish lives in the online world, but in no other habitat.
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COVID-19 virus
Is This a ‘COVID 5G Chip Diagram’?
  • 4 January 2021
The idea that vaccinations will be used by the government to secretly implant tracking devices...
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SPORTMiX Pet Foods Recalled Over Possible Link to Dog Deaths
  • 31 December 2020
Several products from SPORTMiX pet foods were found by the FDA to have high levels...
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Gallup ‘Most Admired Man’ Poll Not Indicative of Electoral Fraud
  • 30 December 2020
Future White House occupants have figured prominently — but not consistently — when Gallup has...
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Did Scientists Find Evidence to Explain the Bermuda Triangle?
  • 29 December 2020
The region is a notorious part of the world where scores of ships and planes...
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Did Pennsylvania Record 205,000 More Votes Than Voters?
  • 29 December 2020
Pennsylvania officials warned of "the dangers of uninformed, lay analysis combined with a basic lack...
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trump
Donald Trump Most Admired Man in 2020 Gallup Poll
  • 29 December 2020
In addition to public figures named, 11% of Americans identified a relative or friend as...
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space force
Are These US Space Force Uniform Concepts Real?
  • 29 December 2020
The Trump administration established the Space Force as a separate military branch in December 2019.
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