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Comment: YOU SAVED MY HUSBAND'S LIFE!!!!

When I researched the claims that coughing is a way to self-administer CPR
I was impressed by your advise that ASPIRIN was the best thing to do. I
had recalled hearing it before.. but your evidence was so convincing that
I went on a campaign. I put aspirin in the golf bags, in the tackle
boxes... both places that the men go that would mean a delay getting to
medical help. My husband is only 46, but golfs with older men, including
his father... so I waged a campaign... frequently mentioning this
aspirin... reminding them... so they wouldn't forget it's presence if/when
it was needed.

The need arose not on the bay or on the course, but right at home. he
felt chest pains, asked for an aspirin and agreed I should take him to the
hospital. 5 minutes after our arrival he coded. that aspirin bought us
valuable time!
Thanks!

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Wow! Impressive!

Although they might have bought even more time if she had called 911 rather than taking him to the hospital herself.

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Comment: I would like to SINCERELY thank you for your consistent efforts
in posting these warnings.

I was recently contacted by some one in Nigeria who wanted to make a
purchase from my website, and also pay me $500 additional to get me to
send 2 laptops to him.

I was very cautious, but could not decide for sure until I checked
snopes.com. There, I found the article I was looking for which warned me
about transactions with Nigerians who use credit cards.


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,

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Comment: Thank you for putting this information out on the web. I
recieved an e-mail saying someone was looking into my background and it
was worded almost word for word as the examples you showed on this site.
I was tempted to sign up for the service but decided to see if I could
find information about them first. I am really glad I did. Thank you so
much for letting people know that it is just a scam.

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Comment: I am SO impressed with your site, not just the content (and
exhaustive research), but also with with the excellence of your writing.
SO many Internet sites--including those of news organizations--employ
shoddy style and weak grammar. I am an English teacher, and I will be
referring my students to your site for examples of clear, interesting
writing.

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Comment: I love your Lost Legends area. It's very interesting, because I
read through the Mr. Ed and Mobile Homes article, when I clicked the more
information button and discovered it was a hoax. The funny thing is, it
all seems so serious, and believable, and then you realize it's all fake!
I read the "pirate recruiting tool" article, and realized how silly and
unbelievable it seemed, then realized that I would've believed it, had I
not known it was fake. Congratulations on an awesome site, and keep up the
good work!

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: I am SO impressed with your site, not just the content (and
exhaustive research), but also with with the excellence of your writing.
SO many Internet sites--including those of news organizations--employ
shoddy style and weak grammar. I am an English teacher, and I will be
referring my students to your site for examples of clear, interesting
writing.

I hope this good teacher doesn't send them to the ULMB! My posts especially will make any English teacher cringe. I am sure I broke some grammer rules already with this post.

The"illiterate"Bobo

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Comment: Hi,
I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much I enjoyment and
usefullness I have got from your site.

Also, I thought I'd send you a humorous anecdote that occurred because of
a couple of your articles.

I live in Queensland Australia and went to a local Trivia Night. Amongst
the questions were a couple of true or false ones:

1. Television's Mister Ed was a horse.

2. When the Titanic hit an iceberg in the north Atlantic, the silent
version of the film The Poseidon Adventure was being screened aboard ship.

They'd accessed Snopes and seen the pages, not "getting" the joke. I'd
never seen that part of your website myself. And we all wentaway saying -
Mr Ed COULDN'T have been a horse. I looked it up here and realised that
you were having fun.

Looks like they were doing what you were trying to teach your readers -
not to believe anything that you see, even if comes from a source that you
have utmost faith in.

It did teach me a lesson and I'm sure I won't forget it soon.

Thanks for your fabulous website.

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quote:
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not to believe anything that you see, even if comes from a source that you have utmost faith in

That's a sure-fire ticket to the funny farm, that.
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Comment: I want to thank you for the wonderful role you play in our
society. Educating people is truly a great thing. When I first started
out with my first e-mail account, I would send on every alarming piece of
news I came across. My son would then send me an e-mail back with the
admonition to check it out on snopes.com before sending them along. After
a few embarassing times of having to tell people I was wrong and had not
sent them a warning, but had sent a hoax instead, I learned the value of
your site. Since then, I have had luck in getting others to check their
facts with your site first. And now my niece is learning to do that as
well. It makes it enjoyable to open e-mail without alarmist pieces
screaming at me. Thank you! [Smile]

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Comment: Thank you, Thank you, Barbara Mikkleson. Your well-researched
and considered answers to the schlock that runs amok on the Internet has
often saved my sanity.

In particular, you're saving me from drowning in "glurge." My nephew Ben
is 16 years old and is Down's Syndrome. Your response to the story of
Special Olympics children crossing the finish line arm-in-arm moved me in
particular. As hard as Ben struggles (he's learned to read in the last
couple of years!), people want to treat him as though he were simply
decorative, an extra being, unnecessary in the real world. You
acknowledged that he is fully human, and I really appreciate that. He is
working hard to make his way, he does not exist just to inspire people to
coo.

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I'm so glad you get good letters like these.

While we're at it, I want to say Barbara did an excellent job at the recent "Philadelphia Christians face 47 years in prison" article - not only pointing out the real story, but her guess that they'll more likely get 8 months probation and a slap on the wrist. I know that one's going to come through our email boxes at the church soon, and it will be great to have a response and link prepared!

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE her internym at the end of that one!

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Comment: I'm am a regular and AVID fan of your site. I often reference it
when responding to the many annoying "this is really true" emails received
from particularly annoying relatives. But I had to share with you an
incident that happened today, 4/30/05.

I was checking out of the grocery store, all my items on that
conveyor-belt-thingy, when the woman in front of me (just finishing up and
paying) asked if my bananas were from Costa Rica.

Now, since this is not a question normally asked by complete strangers,
and since (as I mentioned before) I am a fan of your site, I kinda knew
what was coming. I looked at the sticker on my bananas and said, "Yes,
they are."

Then this woman - this crazy, I-didn't-ask-for-your-two-cents woman went
on and on about the flesh-eating virus in Costa Rican bananas that killed
all the monkeys. I smiled (politely, I might add) and said that it was a
hoax. My mistake. This woman went on another 2-3 minutes about how she
saw it on the news the "other night" and how she threw out all her Costa
Rican bananas. This time I smiled and said nothing. As she left, she
spat out a vile, "good luck with your bananas, lady" and left the store.

While I can feel quite smug in knowing that this woman was just an idiot,
one must wonder how local news stations can perpetuate such myths. Even
earlier this week, a local radio station was talking about the "Save Tobey
the Bunny" site...as something real!

I just wanted to let you know - THANK YOU for your site - there are so
many sheepish idiots in this world, and it's nice to know that there's
someone out there filtering out the B.S...even if the masses don't bother
looking.

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quote:
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Comment: YOU SAVED MY HUSBAND'S LIFE!!!!

When I researched the claims that coughing is a way to self-administer CPR
I was impressed by your advise that ASPIRIN was the best thing to do.

I'm confused... Why would you give aspirin to someone who needs CPR [Confused] If they're not breathing/have no pulse I don't think they're going to be SWALLOWING anything either! [Eek!]


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Well, I did not know that about aspirin until I saw this thread and read the page on it. I am now going to spread the word to my nearest and dearest (and anyone else who'll listen). So thank you from me, too!

Ice '... but it's true! I read it on a website!' burgh

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Comment: I just wanted to inform you of a very annoying experience I had a
few months ago.

In my high school sociology class, the teacher was very nice and pretty
effective, but she had a tendency to spout off urban legends as facts. I
would have believed her if I hadn't read most of them on your site
beforehand. Well, one day the conversation somehow turned to hidden
messages in Disney movies, and one student, a kid who annoys pretty much
everyone, brought up the one about the priest in The Little Mermaid.
Normally I would ignore such statements, but this kid was very annoying,
and I happen to be a very big fan of Disney movies, so I told him that he
was wrong. That only resulted in him making fun of me, calling me stupid,
and everyone else bringing up nearly every Disney-related legend on your
site (The word "Sex" in The Lion King, Aladdin saying "Good teenagers take
off your clothes", the seven dwarves representing the stages of cocaine
addiction, etc.).

Basically what I want to say is, thank you for providing this website so
that I can feel superior to people like this, who think they are much more
intelligent than I am, but really know nothing at all. I'm just sorry that
more people can't believe the truth when they read/hear it.

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Comment: Hi - this is Harvey Weiss, director of the National Inhalant
Prevention Coalition.

First - thanks for doing this article - this is a very important issue and
public health problem that needs more attention. Y'all did a great job.
Also thanks for the link to us.

Hopefully people will visit us from your site so we can provide information and resorces. I don't know how
many people read this - but we did get one contact so far from someone
who needed help. One person we didn't know before who will now get
resources. That's a big deal to me!

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Thought I'd share this with ya, Snopes, honey. make ya feel all warm and fuzzy. [Smile]

My Da is notorious for sending a lot of crap that isn't true to me and everyone else on his list. I keep telling him to check here first, but he never does. A few times, I've emailed my uncle to let him know Da's sent b.s. again, and to check out the article at snopes.com first. Today comes the happy results.

It was the email about the police warning people about kids abusing Dust Off. And right there, under the article, my uncle added:

quote:
(this is a true story, I checked it out at this site

http://www.snopes.com/toxins/dustoff.asp

Ah, that's satisfyin'.

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Comment: Hello Dear Mikkelsons!

I have to say, I absolutely love your site. In fact, I would love for it
to be federal law that any time someone hits the "Compose" or "Forward"
buttons on their email clients, that they had to check your website first.

Anyway, just thought I would let you guys know that. I also gave you guys
some props which I thought I would copy here for your amusement.

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For the love of all that is holy and good...SNOPES, PEOPLE! SNOPES!


Let us pray.

Dear Lord,


Before I hit "send"

Or "forward", I swear,

I shall log on the 'net

To see what's listed there.


I shall surf to place

That truth has called "home"

A place on the web

Of mysteries made known.


Where I may check on the boy

Who's at his health's end,

Who's life I could save

By forwarding to friends.


Or the special reward,

Which I hope awaits

If I send you the email

I got from Bill Gates.


Or maybe the story

A comedic darlin'

Of wit, that I know,

Musta come from George Carlin


Katrina lore plenty,

I've sent to the Missus.

And did I tell you how

Target now really hates Christmas?


Watch for the fight

(It'll sure be a hot one)

Between Madalyn O'Hair

And Dr. James Dobson


Though I may be a vet

Or just learning the ropes

Before I send "glurge",

I swear I'll check Snopes.


Amen.

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Okay, which snopester sent this in?

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quote:
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Okay, which snopester sent this in?

[Embarrassed]

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quote:
Originally posted by Tootsie Plunkcat:
Wow! Impressive!

Although they might have bought even more time if she had called 911 rather than taking him to the hospital herself.

I don't know about where you live, but around here, driving to the ER takes a WHOLE LOT less time than calling 911 and waiting 30-45 minutes for the ambulance to arrive (and THEN take the person to the hospital).

In our area, I would call 911 (to tell them we are on our way to the hospital) as I am putting the person into the car.

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Comment: Hi there.

Work was boring, so for the past three days I've been whiling away the
hours at your site. It's consistently a good read; amusing, entertaining,
informative. Sometimes I had to wonder how you got the details for some
of these things, but I chalked it up to boatloads of time in which to
pester businesses and governments, old news archives, and so on and so
forth. So, since you've got powers far beyond mine, I assumed you were
capable of digging up the truth on any and all matters; that is, if I
couldn't come up with the same proofs that you were touting it was no
wonder, as my investigative skills paled in comparison to yours.

Then I read that Kentucky had trademarked its name, causing Kentucky Fried
Chicken to... well, you know your own site. This struck me as TOO much to
accept at face value, so I had the world-shaking thought to try to look it
up myself. A quick peek at Wikipedia stated that your site's information
was a spoof.

Why, I thought, would Snopes do that? I went back to your site and
checked on your references at the bottom, where I was directed to the
"False Authority" page.

Thus was I enlightened.

All at once, I learned a lot about myself and about the world. About your
REAL mission. About what learning really means, what thought is really
for. All that sort of thing. It was a revelation. It was BLINDING. And
it was amazing.

I've grown a little. I've changed a little. Really, only time will tell
if this lesson sticks, or if I'll fall prey to the next repeated legend
that comes along. Or maybe this will spark a whole new chapter in my
life, one of clarity of thought and objectivity of reason... or something
to that effect.

I feel good. I feel like something finally clicked, like I've been poring
over Hamlet, trying to figure out what it was the Bard was trying to say,
and then all of a sudden my frown goes away, my eyes go wide and I just
whisper, "Oh, wow." I feel like, maybe, I just suddenly understood what
you've been saying all this time.

Yeah. I feel good.

Thank you.

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Those of you who use Yahoo Groups might already know that a moderator/group owner can set Yahoo to send out the group rules regularly. Here's an excerpt from the rules of one group I'm on:

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3) No Chain Letters. I know some of them pull at your heart strings or have you fearing for your hard drive, but most are inaccurate (at best), out-of-date or fake (at worst). When given a chain letter, your best policy is to visit the Urban Legends page at www.snopes.com and see if it's mentioned out there. Odds are it will be.

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Comment: I have been aware of your site, and had accessed it quite some
time ago, but with one thing and another, it has just resided in my
Favorites without being used.

Today - bad, bad day emotionally. I've been unemployed since March, my
mother died in June, estranged from family members relating to
circumstances surrounding her illness and death, plus oodles of other
demoralizing issues.

Not sure why I decided to look up your website. I was just browsing my
100s of favorites, wistfully wishing something would pop up to raise my
spirits. Not my "inspirational" sites, NOT IN THE MOOD, not really sure
what I was hoping to find.

Ventured upon your link, and now, having fully purused "Embrassments",
alone, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I am someone who loves to laugh, and at myself, too!! I have suffered
depression for 36 years, I am 41, and due to no job, no more health
insurance, so no more antidepressants for six months now.

You have helped me feel so much better. Feeling better through humour
helps me take myself less seriously. No, the first one or two anecdotes,
whether true or false, didn't make a huge dent, but now, I actually feel
the difference inside my spirit.

Crazy lady? Okay! [Smile] But you have taken one crazy lady's bleak,
despairing spirit and infused it with laughter and relief.

Thank you so much. I know your website has so much more to offer, and I
will be thoroughly exploring all of it!, but just that one section has
done me so much good, and I needed it, so badly.

I have seen your website, Snopes.com, referenced many places, and one of
my particularly favorite websites is Ripoff Report, and you are often
mentioned there as the source to go to for learning about the innumerable
scams being perpetrated.

Thanks so much. You just have no idea what an incredible feat your site
has accomplished in raising one seriously dejected attitude!

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Me, too.

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