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Rorgg
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quote:
Originally posted by Spam & Cookies-mmm:
I'm really tired of the "Pepsi hates the Pledge" story. I keep getting this email from the same people, and I keep emailing them the snopes page. They say "oh, I'm glad it's not true", then send me the email again a few months later.

Please please please, somebody buy these people a brain.

Gah, I got that from my Aunt the other day. I did a reply-to-all with the truth, but now I'm probably off the Christmas card list.
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That (insert substance name here--Aspartame, cows' milk, whatever) is the most dangerous stuff on the planet and causes all manner of evil ranging from lupus to world wars.

That rock or rap music is the most dangerous stuff on the planet and causes all manner of evil...well, you get the idea.

ETA: Though I suppose no one has yet suggested that rock causes lupus.

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quote:
Originally posted by boogers:
That (insert substance name here--Aspartame, cows' milk, whatever) is the most dangerous stuff on the planet and causes all manner of evil ranging from lupus to world wars.

That rock or rap music is the most dangerous stuff on the planet and causes all manner of evil...well, you get the idea.

ETA: Though I suppose no one has yet suggested that rock causes lupus.

Who says that "evil" rock music doesn't cause lupus? Although, it could actually be Aspartame after all that does it. Choose your tinfoil beanie carefully.
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Hey, my tinfoil beanie keeps out all those evil rock n' roll rays and therefore allows me to remember the secret location where I store the lifetime supply of aspartame.
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SuperGoten
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Yea, I hate the one about the munchkin in the Wizard of Oz too. I hear that all the time. It's hard to believe that people still think that's true.

Oh and the bonsai kittens. There's a petition on the internet, trying to stop people from selling bonsai kittens!! :lol

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quote:
Originally posted by SuperGoten:
Yea, I hate the one about the munchkin in the Wizard of Oz too. I hear that all the time. It's hard to believe that people still think that's true.

Oh and the bonsai kittens. There's a petition on the internet, trying to stop people from selling bonsai kittens!! :lol

Bonzai Kittens AND an online petition!
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Just Me
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At least once or twice a year, I get the one saying "If a car is coming at you with it's lights off, don't flash out of courtesy! It's a gang intiation and the people in the car will turn around, follow you then kill you".

[Roll Eyes] [fish]

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quote:
Originally posted by Annette:
At least once or twice a year, I get the one saying "If a car is coming at you with it's lights off, don't flash out of courtesy! It's a gang intiation and the people in the car will turn around, follow you then kill you".

[Roll Eyes] [fish]

That's the one I always got into arguments about. I knew a couple of girls in college who swore that this was a common occurrence in their neighborhood. Same with the ankle-slashing one.
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quote:
Originally posted by SuperGoten:
Yea, I hate the one about the munchkin in the Wizard of Oz too. I hear that all the time. It's hard to believe that people still think that's true.

Oh and the bonsai kittens. There's a petition on the internet, trying to stop people from selling bonsai kittens!! :lol

Back in highschool my sister and some of her friends actually sat in our liveingroom and tried to find the scene in the movie where this apparently happned. The even claimed to have seen it. And of course when I tried to point out this was a myth I was laughted at and called stupid. Years later I enjoyed sending my sister the snopes link. Man I wish snopes had been around when I was in highschool back in the eighties.

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valandearl19
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quote:
Originally posted by zman977:
quote:
Originally posted by SuperGoten:
Yea, I hate the one about the munchkin in the Wizard of Oz too. I hear that all the time. It's hard to believe that people still think that's true.

Oh and the bonsai kittens. There's a petition on the internet, trying to stop people from selling bonsai kittens!! :lol

Back in highschool my sister and some of her friends actually sat in our liveingroom and tried to find the scene in the movie where this apparently happned. The even claimed to have seen it. And of course when I tried to point out this was a myth I was laughted at and called stupid. Years later I enjoyed sending my sister the snopes link. Man I wish snopes had been around when I was in highschool back in the eighties.
Sorry to Hijack my own thread but I would just like to point out that I to was laughed at and called stupid when I told somebody wrestling was fake.

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Saw a rerun of "Just Shoot Me" about a week ago. They had an oversized flag attached to the side of the highrise building where the magazine's offices were. The owner of the mag tried to adjust one of the support cables, the cable broke, the owner pulled the flag inside his office and...

he had about 6 co-workers (when I turned the channel) helping him keep the flag from touching the floor.

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quote:
Originally posted by Oualawouzou:
~snip~ Maybe it's because I'm sorta in an in-between right now, no longer a teenager but not yet a fully responsible and reasonnable adult, ~snip~

Let me know at what age you become a responsible adult, I'm 37 and havent gotten there yet. [Razz]

I hate the safety ones, ankle slasher, lurker in your backseat, crap like that.

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Gah, I got that from my Aunt the other day. I did a reply-to-all with the truth, but now I'm probably off the Christmas card list.
My aunt used to send me every piece of drivel she received. She sent the one to me (and about 40 other people) about the heroin needles in the ball pits. I came here, did the search and replied to all with the link to the story. She stopped sending me crap.

Those are the ones I'm tired of- child in danger ones. My kids are fine... even the twitchy one.

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My least favorite UL that keeps coming back to me (becasue I live with someone who believes it) is the "Three Men and a Baby" ghost. While I got her to stop believing about the ankle slashing gang members and the lady naming her children after dessert treats (Lemonjelo and Oranjelo), she still insists it's a ghost in that movie. Nothing I say convinces her otherwise... [Mad]

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zman977
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I still get the Bill Gates or whatever company you want to put here, will send you something for free just by forwarding an email, in my inbox from time to time. It amazes me that people still believe this one. This has to be one of the most annoying ones.

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Everyone I know firmly believes we use only 10% of our brain.Since it's hard to prove wrong not much I can do other than tell them to check out snopes.

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zman977
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quote:
Originally posted by Communication Attempt:
Everyone I know firmly believes we use only 10% of our brain.Since it's hard to prove wrong not much I can do other than tell them to check out snopes.

I actually heard that on a religious tv broadcast. They claimed that Jesus was the only man who could use 100& of his brain and this is why he could do all those miricles and since we humans according to the porgame onlly are allowed by God to use 10& of our brain we will not be able to those same kinds of things until we are joined with Christ in Heaven. I caught this on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) while flippiong through the channles several years ago. I want to say it was on their Profecy program but I'm not exactly surewitch one since this was about fifteen years ago but I still remember the comments because they just seemd so odd.

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Any of the *insert fast-food store here* uses worm meat/cow eyeballs/etc. etc. legends, or someone eating at *insert fast-food store* found *insert digusting substance* in their meal, and the subsequent cries to boycott said store because of it. I not only get these through e-mail, but also see such things posted on message boards I lurk at on a regular basis. It amazes me how readily people will believe these legends and tell people to boycott the place in question, without pausing to wonder why none of these supposive cases caused widespread news coverage and the closing of the store.

Bonsai Kittens are another one that annoy me- thankfully everyone I send the Snopes page to seems to get the hint and doesn't send them again. I even had one guy apologize for sending it to me after seeing the Snopes page.

I also get quite tired of the virus warning-type e-mails. My dad gets them from his friends all the time and believes every one he sees... I need to direct him to Snopes sometime, and continue to assure him that a little common sense and our antivirus program will stop any of the few real ones from getting to us.

(Edited to fix a spelling mistake.)

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I can't stand the 1 pull tab = 1 minute of dialysis one. It gets false hopes up for people in a desperate situation.

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I cannot say there is any specific one I hate more then aother (although if there is one it wuold be a glurge) but I hate that if somebody says a UL, and I prove them wrong, I'M the dumb one.

Either that or they say stuff like "well why should we trust this "snopes"" to which I reply with they have citations, and get back "well why should we just trust these citations?".

So to these people a website that has a full explanatin, a brief history, and a list of citations regarding a UL is not quite as reliable as their coworkers wife's hairdresser...

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quote:
Originally posted by Annette:
At least once or twice a year, I get the one saying "If a car is coming at you with it's lights off, don't flash out of courtesy! It's a gang intiation and the people in the car will turn around, follow you then kill you".

[Roll Eyes] [fish]

I live out in the very definition of "The Sticks"; woods all around, nearest town a mile away, my apartment complex has no visible neighbors, bear and deer eating out of my garden, etc. I still hear this once in a while, prompting me to ask, "What gangs? Crips, Bloods, Latin Kings? WE LIVE IN THE BOONIES! THERE ARE NO GANGS!" [flame]

So yeah, this one is my answer too. [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by Shurimon:
Any of the *insert fast-food store here* uses worm meat/cow eyeballs/etc. etc. legends, or someone eating at *insert fast-food store* found *insert digusting substance* in their meal, and the subsequent cries to boycott said store because of it.

Reminds me of something I'm still unhappy about. A couple of years ago, back when I was at a co-ed school, our class' debating team read their speeches out to us as practice. Very boring to sit through. Not that I have anything against it, just that the speeches weren't very good. [Smile]
Anyway, the topic was that 'McDonalds is bad.' Yeah, just that.

Their 2nd speaker was reading her speech. It was dead quiet, and then she reads out: "Also, McDonalds is the only fast food outlet who still uses earthworms in their food. Scientists have analyzed their meats and found out that their chicken and beef are pure worm."

Knowing Snopes, I immediatley yelled out that there is no such thing and got sent to the Principal's office. [Roll Eyes]

They lost the debate. Probably because she still kept the earthworm bit in there.

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Shurimon
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"Also, McDonalds is the only fast food outlet who still uses earthworms in their food. Scientists have analyzed their meats and found out that their chicken and beef are pure worm."
Wow... no small wonder they lost the debate. I gather that these people didn't cite any sources? I also love how there's a "still" in there. So... it was once common practice to put earthworm meat in hamburgers, I gather? [Big Grin] I've come to say "It's earthworms? Mmm, earthworms taste good..." to anybody who feeds me that baloney.

Thought of another UL that irks me- any time somebody makes a claim that Harry Potter is leading kids to paganism/Satanism. Especially when they thereafter cite the article from The Onion as "proof."

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One I'm tired of hearing is people blameing the full moon on crazy behavior. My wife is one of those who believs this one. Her responce when I tell her it is a myth and give her the evidence to prove it is to say, " work on the phones and then try and call it a myth. She argues that since all of her co workers think it is true than it must be fact. Witch of course we all know just because a bunch of people think something is true than it must be. Despite the scientific evidence to the contrary.

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Ones my parents and/or siblings refuse to let go of:

-Coriolis effect on toilets, sinks, drains
-Aspertame is toxic
-George W. Bush is a good president.
-Daddy Longlegs are world's most poisonous spider

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Anything that claims your email program can do something it can't do - like report back to Bill Gates how many people you forwarded the email to, or open up a "cute/fun little program" after you forward it to 10 people. (I always wonder, how does the sender of the email know what happens next if they're just writing the email to me now?)

I'm just amazed that people haven't figured out by now that THIS DOES NOT WORK.

Also, more along the lines of "stark raving mad" more than just "tired of," I am sick of the email glurges that remind us that Jesus is not ashamed of us, so we should not be ashamed of him. Way to misquote the Bible.

Eve "I'm not ashamed of Jesus, I'm ashamed of the people who send me email." MG

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The one that bugs me is the one about the USA being founded on "Christian Principles".

Whenever I start getting my teeth into a debate on religious tolerances or gay rights, this "fact" usually pops up to support whatever outrageous claims are being made (gay marriage will destroy family values!).

Religious freedom does not = All Christian, All The Time.

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This doesn't really apply to any specific UL, but I get tired of my mom's theories that every white women who disappears has been kidnapped and sold as a sex-slave. Elizabeth Smart, Chandra Levy, the runaway bride, etc...

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quote:
Originally posted by Elwood:

-George W. Bush is a good president.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who considers that one an urban legend...

The one that I really hate the most is the one about the woman in the casino/hotel elevator who hears a black man say "Hit the floor," and so she drops to the ground. The worst part about this legend is that the black man almost always turns out to be Will Smith, and then he brings her flowers or something like this. I had a hall teacher at my boarding school a couple of years ago who swore that this event actually happened to her sister, and took any opportunity to talk about it. Eventually one of the other teachers, also an avid reader of snopes, informed her that perhaps it wasn't appropriate to be telling raciest urban legeneds in the dorm.

I also can't tolerate any urban legends having to do with Elvis. I'm not sure why; there's just something about them that rubs me the wrong way...

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quote:
Originally posted by Eve MG:
Anything that claims your email program can do something it can't do - like report back to Bill Gates how many people you forwarded the email to, or open up a "cute/fun little program" after you forward it to 10 people. (I always wonder, how does the sender of the email know what happens next if they're just writing the email to me now?)

I'm just amazed that people haven't figured out by now that THIS DOES NOT WORK.

I used to get those from my older brothers all the time. It took them several years of college education and working with computers before they finally realized that such things are impossible. [dunce]

~Shuri "I wish I really COULD get paid to send annoying e-mails" mon

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quote:
Originally posted by Shurimon:
Any of the *insert fast-food store here* uses worm meat/cow eyeballs/etc. etc. legends, or someone eating at *insert fast-food store* found *insert digusting substance* in their meal, and the subsequent cries to boycott said store because of it.
(Edited to fix a spelling mistake.)

In particular, the one about semen in the mayonnaise from outlet x, y or z. And how some girl had to get rushed to hospital to get their stomach pumped because they swallowed some semen. My (admittedly) inexhaustive research indicates that few women display such a violent reaction to what is after all, a relatively commonplace thing to swallow.*

But that's a very difficult objection to phrase in a work environment. [Big Grin]

On top of which, I've worked in a McDonald's, and if you can get your chap into the dispenser they put the mayonnaise in, you deserve my respect. And also pity.

*It's just occurred to me that someone is going to quote my first paragraph, and post something like "I bet you say that to all the girls." Well, now you can't. And I'm glad.

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Got me so down, I got me a headache, My heart is crammed in my cranium and it still knows how to pound


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And how some girl had to get rushed to hospital to get their stomach pumped because they swallowed some semen.
Those little embellishments particularly annoy me. Stopping to think about these little details should give common sense some time to work its magic... [Razz]

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On top of which, I've worked in a McDonald's, and if you can get your chap into the dispenser they put the mayonnaise in, you deserve my respect. And also pity.
What shape are the dispensers in, out of curiosity?

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Sort of an X-shaped spiral, if that doesn't sound too contradictory. Kind of a screw, but with 4 spikes that, I imagine, seal the whole thing. It's a click, then a twist to make it airtight.

Suffice to say, I would neither be able nor would I want to introduce my special places to it!

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This wrinkle in time, I can't give it no credit, I thought about my space and it really got me down.
Got me so down, I got me a headache, My heart is crammed in my cranium and it still knows how to pound


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Originally posted by mapper:
I live in Charleston, SC, a land full of large birds and very small dogs (often wearing sweaters). I am sick and tired of the hawk-carrying-off-the-small-yippy-dog UL. If it had happened as many times as is claimed here, the swamps would be full of much fatter birds and the neighborhoods would be full of much quieter yards.

I know this is an urban legend.

But I knew a cat to which this had happened (the cat is now dead). The cat had brain damage from the claws and got away from the bird, and was a very tiny kitten at the time of the abduction.

However, I must say I agree that it can't happen very often or we'd see predatory birds hanging out wherever people with pocket pets live.

Seaboe

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Originally posted by Dara:
Sort of an X-shaped spiral, if that doesn't sound too contradictory. Kind of a screw, but with 4 spikes that, I imagine, seal the whole thing. It's a click, then a twist to make it airtight.

Suffice to say, I would neither be able nor would I want to introduce my special places to it!

Indeed! [Eek!] Of course, knowledge of this wouldn't stop the rumours... or at least they'd shift to HIV blood in the ketchup. [Razz]

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