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Jackie in the Elevator
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I just received an email regarding a teen's death after gettting high off Dust Off. I came to snopes to find a link debunking it so that I could inform my friend that she's an idiot for believing emails, only to find the story is true! I was so surprised, not because I didn't think it could happen but because I generally don't believe anything that comes to me in the form of a glurgy-email.

Have you ever been utterly surprised to find that a story you believed/didn't believe was actually false/true?

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I secont the "dust-off" one. We got a newslatter at work that had the story and I could not believe that they were using Glurge in the newsletter! [fish]

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Sawing Manhattan in half, President-for-a-day Atchison, The Statue of Liberty was based on a black model and the one vote pamphlet were all reported as being true by different "infomercials" by the Armed Forces Network. Never trust the AFN!

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The Poseidon Adventure one. The fake IMDb link fooled me. I thought it was strange that the 1911 entry was not coming up on the real IMDb.

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Brandi
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http://www.snopes.com/horrors/gruesome/headless.htm

Especially given the article's reference to a Head gym bag...

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quote:
Originally posted by Brandi:
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/gruesome/headless.htm

Especially given the article's reference to a Head gym bag...

I had just left that unit before it happened and several of my comrades were witnesses. I also talked to a couple of MPs involved in the case and they confirmed that it was indeed Head brand. One of the jokes when the evidence arrived was that there was no need to label it. This was also the second murder in as many months in the same unit (less than 1,000 men). In the other, a trooper, while drunk, murdered his 18 month old daughter by holding her ankles and slamming her repeatedly against the walls of his apartment. After these incidents, the Army instituted mandatory training for all units in the process of disbanding to prevent such occurrences.

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http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/handcuff.asp

I was convinced this had to be false when I first heard it. I was very surprised to learn it actually happend.

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Evilwonderwoman
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Well everyone here might think I'm an idiot, but I was surprised to learn that we actually use more than 10% of our brains.....uh DUH!!
Well I'm using the full 100% now....hehe
I think most people just wanna believe that all humans have more potential.

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I just found that website here recently and was so stunned, that so many stories I just believed to be true were actually fakes.

Like all those whee lawsuits. Generally, we told them when we wanted to show just how stupid US-legal system had become (and, I'm afraid, to proof the stupidity of a large amount of american population) So I suppose I owe an appology [Wink]

I was reliefed to find out that the story about the 8 spiders a year was a fake.

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I was initially sceptical about the story of the lawyer who took on a skyscraper window and lost. But I suppose, just sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction!

Little Galaxy

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Santa Mari-a
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quote:
Originally posted by Evilwonderwoman:
Well everyone here might think I'm an idiot, but I was surprised to learn that we actually use more than 10% of our brains.....uh DUH!!
Well I'm using the full 100% now....hehe
I think most people just wanna believe that all humans have more potential.

I went around quoting this UL for years, too, mostly to shut up lazy kids saying their brains were too full to learn what I wanted them to.

I believed a lot of the show business ones, such as that Ronald Reagan was originally supposed to play the lead in "Casablanca."

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I saw on Discovery channel's urban legend show (very good show by the way) that there was no silent version of the Posiden Adventure.

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My favorite was of Humphrey Bogart

http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/bogart.htm

I felt some relief in knowing that I was right about his mom.

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Kid Kilowatt
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Just last week I had an argument with my friend about the Coriolis Effect, and I argued that toilets in the southern hemisphere flush counterclockwise. (It came up in an argument about fantasy football - long story.) I was so sure I was right, I actually said, "If it wasn't true, it would be on Snopes, and it isn't."
It is.
I mean, Lisa Simpson believed it, so I don't feel TOO stupid...

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I was so scared of that Three Men and a Baby ghost that I wouldn't watch the video when I was a kid. Up until I found this site, I never new it was just a standee. I still get a chill when I see it though, remembering my fright of that scene.

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Aquadude
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IIRC, it's not on Snopes, but the urban legend about Andy Milonakis being 30. I couldn't believe it, but it's true.

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Kid Kilowatt
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quote:
Originally posted by Aquadude:
IIRC, it's not on Snopes, but the urban legend about Andy Milonakis being 30. I couldn't believe it, but it's true.

Hey!
Apparently he is 2 days younger than I am, and I'll have you know that neither of us are 30!
He's only 29!

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MissEltoe
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quote:
Originally posted by Aquadude:
IIRC, it's not on Snopes, but the urban legend about Andy Milonakis being 30. I couldn't believe it, but it's true.

OmiGod!!!!!!!!!!!! Me and my boyfriend were talking about this the other day! I told him that they were around the same age and he wouldn't believe me! As weird as it may be, I was HORRIFIED to find out that he was that friggin old.

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quote:
Originally posted by MissE:
quote:
Originally posted by Aquadude:
IIRC, it's not on Snopes, but the urban legend about Andy Milonakis being 30. I couldn't believe it, but it's true.

OmiGod!!!!!!!!!!!! Me and my boyfriend were talking about this the other day! I told him that they were around the same age and he wouldn't believe me! As weird as it may be, I was HORRIFIED to find out that he was that friggin old.
On behalf of those over the age of 29, may I say: Ouch... [Razz]

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Justaweebit
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on behalf us us well over 29, who the heck is Andy Milonakis? [Confused]
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Waffles

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quote:
Originally posted by Justaweebit:
on behalf us us well over 29, who the heck is Andy Milonakis? [Confused]

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1429102/

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A friend of mine told me this one many years ago, only it had happened to her aunt whose husband worked at a prison (or something like that). She had gone to deliver him his lunch that he had left behind and stopped for gas on the way home. Thus the UL goes on.

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Hey! My mom told me that one and it was some girl she worked at the Libby's (yes, the veggies) factory. Same thing, late shift at work, stops for gas... and so on.

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Me, three! I grew up convinced that I MUST look into the back of the car before I get into it!

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I believed for a long time the woman of Chiang Mai Thailand had their necks stretched from an early age & would die if they removed the gold rings.

It’s an optical illusion their necks are normal and the rings come off at night

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I's pretty sure that their necks are actually streched (not as much as it looks, but quite a bit longer than normal). I don't think that they die when they come off, but they have a difficult time holding up their heads. I remember watching it on the discovery channel and they had some woman take off her rings and show how her neck looked.

Strawberries "it looked creepy" 'n Sugar

ETA: (new rememberances) I think that they also added one ring every few years

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quote:
Originally posted by Tee Hee:
Just last week I had an argument with my friend about the Coriolis Effect, and I argued that toilets in the southern hemisphere flush counterclockwise. (It came up in an argument about fantasy football - long story.) I was so sure I was right, I actually said, "If it wasn't true, it would be on Snopes, and it isn't."
It is.
I mean, Lisa Simpson believed it, so I don't feel TOO stupid...

This one shocked me. I had teachers tell me it was true. My mom and I had a recurring discussion about it with both of us just rolling our eyes after a few mintues. I fear the day it comes up again and I have to admit I was so mistaken.
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quote:
Originally posted by Strawberries 'n Sugar:
I's pretty sure that their necks are actually streched (not as much as it looks, but quite a bit longer than normal). I don't think that they die when they come off, but they have a difficult time holding up their heads. I remember watching it on the discovery channel and they had some woman take off her rings and show how her neck looked.

Strawberries "it looked creepy" 'n Sugar

ETA: (new rememberances) I think that they also added one ring every few years

Their necks aren't stretched, the collar bones are pushed down, thus giving the illusion of a stretched neck. I read an article in National Geographic, but can't find a link for it.

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Necks not stretched
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The women's necks aren't actually stretched. Rather, the weight of the rings gradually crushes the women's collar bones, producing the illusion of long necks. At least, that's the official explanation. In person, the effect is sufficiently striking to overwhelm thoughts of any rational explanation. The necks seem eerily elongated. The women look like giraffes.

They move around the village slowly, stopping to pose for tourist photos. Our guide explains that the women only remove the rings on their wedding night. Then, a long and elaborate process of neck washing ensues. Otherwise, the rings must remain in place, because the women's muscles can no longer support the neck alone.




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Ok, so the necks aren't stretched, rather the collar is crushed. Still I wouldn't call it an "optical illusion".

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quote:
Originally posted by D:
I was so scared of that Three Men and a Baby ghost that I wouldn't watch the video when I was a kid. Up until I found this site, I never new it was just a standee. I still get a chill when I see it though, remembering my fright of that scene.

D

This is the one that really surprised me as I had read about how this was true in The Grand Forks Herald (ND newspaper) about the time the video came out.

Well, isn't everything one reads true?

dam "don't believe what you read" 9191

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Remember the story of the russian airmen who stole a cow, put it in their military transport plane and flew off... The cow panicked, kicked a door open, jumped out of the plane and fell from several thousand meters, sinking a japanese fishing boat on impact ?

I heard it on the swiss radio (which usually checks its sources quite carefully), and found the story so hilarious I told it to everyone... the same day, it turned out to be a hoax invented by russian journalists who wanted to see how long it would take for such a tall story to go around the planet.

1. I looked pretty stupid. [dunce]

2. I was horribly disappointed. The story was so good it deserved to be true (but so are most legends, aren't they ?).

3. I grew more cautious about urban legends. Now, I automatically have a look on this site before I start spreading the news. [Smile]

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Theres many urban legends on the show Beyond Belief: Fact of Fiction. They even show either a Fact stamp or Fake stamp to be that some were true or a hoax. Though they dont prove any logical proof in the show.

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http://www.snopes.com/military/statue.htm

I heard this when I was a kid...always believed it.

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