If we could read his mind, we'd know that singer Gordon Lightfoot is alive and well, despite reports to the contrary that bounced around Thursday afternoon online -- bouncing that included mainstream Canadian media websites and a Canadian news service. The singer was on his way home from the dentist, he told news station CP 24, when he heard word over the radio that he'd died.
(Click on the next link to see the first tweets mentioning Lightfoot's death -- MediaStyle has done a good report that we can't improve upon, so check it out. But come back here after you read it, OK?)
Now, before we all pile on poor, misunderstood Twitter, know that there was also an offline component to the hoax. [Updated at 5:40 p.m. Feb. 19: If you're coming to this post and haven't seen today's follow-up clarifying how the hoax started -- with phone calls, not with Twitter -- make sure you click here to get the details.]