Everyone needs at least one diversion that makes friends and family go, “Really? You spend your time on that?” Mine at the moment is debunking an urban myth that is making the rounds. Maybe you’ve seen it.
There are multiple versions, but this one concerns a white woman (the story makes a point of describing her as being white and in her 50s) who obnoxiously objects to being assigned a plane seat next to a black man. The flight crew decides to relocate one of these two passengers to first class — and it chooses the black passenger. Everyone applauds with approval that this hater gets her just deserts. (The story usually comes with a picture of passengers taking a cellphone picture of something going on toward the front of the plane. A photo adds that certain verisimilitude that validates all Internet stories.)
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