We all make false claims once in a while. We hear a story and assume it’s true, pass it on and it turns out to be false. But it becomes rather amusing when someone does that while being haughty about how amazing it is that no one but you knows this incredible “fact.” Glenn Beck, come on down:
Glenn Beck received an advance copy of “The Imitation Game,” the new film about Alan Turing’s effort to crack the Nazi Enigma code during World War II and his eventual suicide after he was prosecuted for being gay, which was a crime at the time.
On his radio program today, Beck raved about the film, seizing upon the legend that Turing had taken his life by eating an apple laced with cyanide which, Beck claimed, has been secretly immortalized in the logo for Apple, which consists of an apple with a bite taken out of it.
“That’s a salute to Alan Turning,” Beck said. “Nobody knows that. Nobody knows that … Isn’t that amazing?”
Turns out nobody knows that because it isn’t true. The man who designed the logo explicitly debunked that rumor:
And there is a whole lot of other lore about it. Turing the famous supposed father of computer science who committed suicide in the early 50’s was british and was accused of being homosexual, which he was. He was facing a jail sentence so he committed suicide to avoid all that. So, I heard one of the legends being that the colored logo was an homage to him. People think I did the colored stripes because of the gay flag. And, that was something really thought for a long time. The other really cool part was that apparently he killed himself with a cyanide laced apple. And, then I found out Alan Turing’s favorite childhood story was Snow White where she falls asleep forever afrer eating a poisoned apple to be woken up by the handsome prince. Anyway, when I explain the real reason why I did the bite it’s kind of a let down. But I’ll tell you. I designed it with a bite for scale, so people get that it was an apple not a cherry. Also it was kind of iconic about taking a bite out of an apple. Something that everyone can experience. It goes across cultures. If anybody ever had an apple he has probably bitten into it and that’s what you get.