Sunday, November 26, 2006

Urban Legends and Hoax Emails

Periodically I get emails that are usually include: "forward to everyone you know". 99.95% of the time they are worthless. Urban legends, hoax email and junk emails are usually what I find these messages turn out to be.

The one I got today was about missing girl Ashley Flores. A complete hoax.

Dear readers, if you find get one of these and are tempted to forward it on, or to follow the advice in the email, do yourself and those whom you might forward the email to a favor. Check it out. Go to Snopes.Com or Hoaxbusters or some other sites and see if it is legit. Otherwise you end up looking foolish.

Everything you wanted to know about these hoaxes and junk mail and why they are a waste of time.

I am going to create my own junk mail.

"Scientists today announced in the journal Science an important new discovery. If you don't breathe, you run the risk of dying. These scientists recommend we breathe 12 to 20 times a hour in order to stay alive." Tell everyone you know that they must breathe or else they could die!


Jim Johnson said...

My favorite:


Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.

me myselfnirene said...

love snopes it rocks

Maggie said...

On my blog, I share an email from an attorney who wants me to collect a large sum of money so I must hurry and collect my millions .. And an amazing number of people interested in renting a room from me. Of course, they all live in Europe and want to pay with a cashier's check. Can we spell 'Gullible'?

-- Maggie