1. Big companies don't do business via chain
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. Procter and
Gamble is not part of a satanic cult or scheme, and
its logo is not satanic. MTV will not give you
backstage passes if you forward something to the most
people. You can relax; there is no need to pass it on
"just in case it's true." Furthermore, just because
someone said in the message, four generations back,
that "we checked it out and it's legit," does not
actually make it true.
2. There is no kidney theft ring in New
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 bent on believing the kidney-theft
ring stories,please see:
And 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
3. Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $200
recipe. And even if they do, we all have it. And
even if you don't, you can get a copy at:
http://www.bl.net/forwards/cookie.html Then, if you
make the recipe, decide the cookies are that awesome,
feel free to pass the recipe on.
4.If the latest NASA rocket disaster(s)
plutonium that went to particulate over the eastern
seaboard, do you REALLY think this information would
reach the public via an AOL chain letter?
5. There is no "Good Times" virus. In fact,
should never, ever, ever forward any email containing
any virus warning unless you first confirm that an
actual site of an actual company that actually deals
with viruses. Try: http://www.norton.com And you
cannot get a virus from a flashing IM or email. You
have to download....ya know, like, a FILE!
6. There is no gang initiation plot to murder
motorist who flashes headlights at another car driving
at night without lights.
7. If you're using Outlook, IE, or Netscape
email, TURN OFF the "HTML encoding." Those of us on
Unix shells can't read it, and don't care enough to
save the attachment and then view it with a web
browser, since you're probably forwarding us a copy of
the Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe anyway.
8.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. It sure wouldn't hurt to get rid of all the
">" that begin each line. Besides, if it has gone
around that many times we've probably already seen it.
9. Craig Shergold (or Sherwood, or Sherman,
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 also no longer
a "little boy" either.
10. 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.
11. If you are one of those persons who
that "promises" something bad will happen if you "don't,"
"PLEASE DON'T FORWARD IT TO ME!"
12. Women really ARE suffering in Afghanistan
forwarding an e-mail won't help either cause in the
least. If you want to help, contact your local
legislative representative, or get in touch with
Amnesty International or the Red Cross.
P.S. There is no bill pending before Congress
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 restroom. Don't automatically
believe it until it's proven true... ASSUME it's
false, unless there is proof that it's true.
Not dead, in jail or a slave?
Thank a liberal!
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