Some good things to think about - from others on the web...
1. Big companies don't do business via chain letter, and there
are no computer programs that track how many times an e-mail is forwarded,
let alone by whom. Bill Gates is NOT giving you $1000, and Disney is
NOT giving you a free vacation. There is no baby food company issuing
class action checks.
2. Proctor and Gamble is not part of a cult or scheme, and its'
logo is not bad.
3. MTV will not give you backstage passes, if you forward something
to the most people.
4. The Gap is not giving away free clothes. You can relax.
5. There is no kidney theft ring in New Orleans. No one is waking
up in a bathtub full of ice, even if a friend of a friend swears it happened
to their cousin. If you are hell bent on believing the kidney theft ring
stories, see: http://urbanlegends.tqn.com/library/weekly/aa062997.htm.
I quote: "The National Kidney Foundation has repeatedly issued requests for actual
victims of organ thieves to come forward and tell their stories. None have. That's "none" as
in "zero." Not even your friend's cousin!
6. Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $200 cookie recipe. And even if
they did, we'd all have it. And if you don't, you can get a copy at: http://www.bl.net/forwards/cookie.html.
Then, if you make the recipe, and decide that the cookies are that awesome, feel
free to pass the
7. If the latest NASA rocket disaster(s) DID contain plutonium that was
sprinkled over the eastern seaboard, do you REALLY think this information would
reach the public via an AOL chain letter?
8. There is no "Good Times" virus. In fact, you should never, ever, ever
forward any email containing any virus warning, unless you first confirm it,
at an actual site of an actual company that actually deals
Try: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/index.html You
cannot get a virus from a flashing IM or email, you have to download it.... ya
know, like, a FILE!
9. There is no gang initiation plot to murder any motorist who flashes
headlights at another car driving at night without lights.
10. If you still, absolutely, MUST forward that 10th-generation message
from a friend, at least have the decency to trim the eight miles of headers,
showing everyone else who's received it over the last 6 months. (Think Cut and
Paste) It sure wouldn't hurt to get rid of all the >>>'s that begin each line
either. Besides, if it has gone around that many times, we've already seen it.
11. Craig Shergold (or Sherwood, or Sherman, etc.) in England is not dying
of cancer, or anything else at this time, and would like everyone to stop sending
him their business cards. He apparently is no longer a "little boy" either.
12. The "Make a Wish" foundation is a real organization doing fine work,
but they have had to establish a special toll free hot line in response to the
large number of Internet hoaxes using their good name and reputation. It is distracting
them from the important work they do. Also, the American Cancer Society does
not give 3 cents for each person you forward e-mail to. They ask for you to donate
money, - - they don't give it, as if they could know how many e-mails you sent
13. Those of you who forward anything that "promises" something bad will
happen, if you don't do something- - - then something bad MAY happen to you or
it MAY NOT, either way it has nothing to do with the e-mail.
14. Women really are suffering in Afghanistan, but forwarding an e-mail
won't help their cause in the least. If you want to help, contact your local
legislative representative, or get in touch with Amnesty International or the
15. As a general rule, e-mail "signatures" are easily faked and mean nothing
to anyone with any power to do anything about whatever the competition is complaining
PS: There is no bill pending before Congress that will allow long distance
companies to charge you for using the Internet.
Bottom Line... composing e-mail or posting something on the Net is as easy as
writing on the walls of a public rest room. Don't automatically believe it, until
it's proven false... ASSUME it's false, unless there
is proof that it's true.
Oh my, the glory of email. It allows us to stay in touch with loved ones,
glean the latest news, trade funny stories and bad jokes... But how many of us
are plagued by the relative or friend who forwards every virus warning, every
e-petition to help save Sesame Street, every rumor about the impending taxation
Well, these warnings are, more often than not, just so much bunk, friend. Mostly
these are Urban Legends, see? Toss 'em away, I say. And if you're a big heart
(I hope you are), you can do a little checking before forwarding that "Microsoft
is giving away free trips to Disneyworld" email to your entire address book.
My favorite Websites for hoax-busting are Urban Legends Reference Pages and AFU & Urban
Legends Archive (listed below). These sites are great for dishing the truth about
circulated rumors, and they provide an easy way for you to tell your well-intentioned
friend that he has been duped. (Something along the lines of "Don't feel bad,
so many people have been fooled by this hoax, it's actually described at the
following Website..." usually does the trick.)
Computer viruses are, of course, another area of concern for many computer users.
Once again, the bulk of warnings that arrive in your mailbox are suspect (and
often even the true ones apply only to PCs, not Macs). To check out virus-related
rumors, consult Vmyths, also listed below.
So, you can now relax your soul, leave the virus hunt to the professionals, and
quit worryin' yourself (and me) half to death.
Urban Legends Reference Pages
www.snopes.com/ AFU & Urban
Some of us have been unnecessarily disturbed by messages from our friend and
relatives warning of deadly computer virus or urging you to tell all your friends
to send off e-mail to help a dying child or some such thing. Here is a good place
to start if you wish to verify the rumor.