September 20, 2005
To mark our one year anniversary, Gullible.info staffer Zack has created this look into the world of Gullible.info.
• Gullible.info was founded a year ago today by accident, it was intended to be gullible-info.com.
• The Gullible.info staff's full names and professions consists of Kyle Gerwitz, PhD (PhD, Political Science, professor at Georgetown University), Dr. Aaron Black (Vascular Surgeon), Michael Huertas (professor emeritus, MidAmerica Nazarene University and Civil War re-enactor), Andrew Fiegl (Movie reviewer and part time Police Dispatcher), Estaban King (Detective Lieutenant, Maycomb County Police Department), Adam Hardcastle (mystery author, freelance german tutor), Blake Williamson (Realty office manager) and Zachary Quinn (aquatic documentary filmmaker).
Here's a little insight into the life of each Gullible.info fact.
• Staff member conducts research, and comes across facts.
• Ten of these facts are compiled into an e-mail, which is then sent to an the fact-checking department (which is comprised of a team of six interns working for independent study credit, handled through Concord University). All ten facts are throughly researched, even though only five will make the final cut.
• The ten fact-checked facts are then sent to an approval committee (made up of three staff members, who change every month, and one independent. In the event that a member on the committee writes an entry, they recuse themselves of the voting and Kyle, President and CEO of Gullible.info and its related subsidiaries acts as a tie-breaker).
• The committee selects five facts, highlights them, and then send all ten to the queue. All staff members are granted one fact veto per month, and only five are allowed per entry. If a highlighted fact is vetoed, it is replaced by one of the rejected facts.
• After one week, the rejected facts are discarded, and the approved facts are displayed on the front page. Voila. An entry is born!
Enough about the process, here are some interesting facts about your favorite interesting fact source.
• Gullible.info has been cited in over 16 published works, including 6 theses and 5 dissertations.
• Gullible.info fact checkers have the highest turnover rate in the company, due to the high stress of the job. The fact checker that lasted the longest, six months, was Jack Ellington who attributes his success (and scoring a much easier job fact checking for the New York Times) to the stress relief drugs he mixes in his coffee every morning.
• Gullible.info was a nonprofit corporation for a short period of time, until the board of directors decided to move the company in a different direction.
• As per the corporation's bylaws the board of directors has three secret members known only to the other board members. Kyle has said that one of these board members is a famous actor who has won at least one daytime Emmy, he won't give further details.