I don’t know why it is that some rumors manage to persist in spite of their having been positively refuted by an authoritative source. One example involves Minecraft.
According to this strangely popular myth that many people insist on propagating as true is the legend of Herobrine. The way it goes is that allegedly when programming Minecraft Notch added a “special” mob called “Herobrine” that is somehow supposed to represent his dead brother.
This mob looks like a player except for glowing white eyes, builds little ‘hidey hole’ type shelters in apparently random places and is alleged to sometimes appear where players can see him.
He is blamed for any number of mishaps and / or attacks on players, even people playing in single player mode.
Notch has repeatedly made it clear that there is not, nor has there ever been a “Herobrine”. It’s even become a running joke in Minecraft update notes to, along with the list of additions & changes, include the line “Removed Herobrine”.
Another case is a recent rumor about Bob allegedly wearing a necklace or pendant of some kind that is supposed to have some kind of special meaning. The main point of this rumor is that without fail, anyone promoting or encouraging belief in this rumor also happens to sel a sterling silver necklace which is supposed to be a replica of the one that Bob wears.
The fact that I know for a fact (and let’s face it, the only one who knows more about Bob than I do is Bob himself) that Bob does not now nor has he ever worn any jewelry of any kind. Not even a Captain Midnight decoder ring.
Yet in spite of this, the rumor still persists and the scammers make money from it.
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