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Comment: I just wanted to tell you how glad I am that there is a place
online like yours. You have laid to rest rumors in countless agitated
emails I have rec'd and I always try to forward on the "righted" rumor.
Thanks for a wonderful service!

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Comment: Barbara,

Thanks for responding. Very good! I'm always skeptical - especially about
stuff I see on the internet and rely upon your site as a reference
frequently. Just happened to surf upon the Mr. Ed thing and got caught in
your craftily constructed web. Thanks for your continuosly informative
site.

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Comment: I needed to take a moment to thank you for your diligence and
humor in combating the flood of gullible glurge (hey, that's good)
otherwise intelligent folks pass about on the Web.

I have you on a quick reference tab and I will keep replying to these
folks with the URL they should have checked BEFORE emailing the latest
"send this to all your friends" pablum.

I also love being pleasantly surprised by the stranger-than-fiction posts
ie, the mega-overloaded car, or odd facts like the nude painting over the
Malibu tunnel-something my mom loaded us all into the car and drove out to
see before they nuked it.

Thanks again and keep the faith that maybe folks will learn not to believe
everything they hear-I hope it happens soon.

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Comment: I just wanted to tell you how awesome this website is! I get an
"urban legend" email almost every week from one friend who tells me I need
to forward it on. I don't like to bother my friends and family with junk
mail so I check your site to see if it is real or not; 95% of the time
it's junk mail. I want to thank you for all us skeptics out there who
don't always believe what they read!! I just subscribed to your newsletter
hoping to keep up on all the emails my friend sends me. Thanks again!

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Comment: You bet I voted for your web site! My cousin told me about you a
few years ago, and ever since I have checked out various (nearly all
false) internet things that people send me. You do a wonderful service
for humanity. I can't imagine how much work it is to trace the orgins of
everything like you do, but I appreciate it immensely, and I hope you
continue. (I am a research scientist and am interested only in true
things -- not scams.)

I have only one problem with your web site. It is so interesting and so
much fun, that whenever I look something up, I stay too long and fall
behind with other stuff I should be doing. The site is also so easy to
use, and so well indexed that I can never believe how quickly I find what
I'm looking for.

Many, many thanks for your service. I don't think you should be in the
"weird" website category, but in the highest public service category.

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Comment: I am so glad you do this! What a wonderful feeling it is to know
that I can check out stories that deluge my inbox daily for authenticity.
I can now know for certain whether or not to be scared or chuckle about
it.

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Comment: Just wanted to drop you guys a line to tell you what great job
you're doing. Your site is truly a service to the internet and also just
fun reading.

I regularly receive hoax emails passed along from friends and always
debunk them using your site as a reference.

Thanks alot and keep up the fantastic work.

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Comment: I LOVE your website!!! Whenever I have a questionable e-mail
come through, I check your site and you always have an explanation and a
seemingly unbiased response about the issue. I have only found one that
you didn't have yet and I forwarded it and you responded back within 24
hours!

Thank you very much for this service to all e-mail users!

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Comment: Barbara M,
I have for a long time, been receiving an incredible amount of stupid
stuff from some friends and a lot of strangers. Forward after forward
after forward...To combat it I have started going to your site and sending
"repy all" responses containing your results with the URL and nothing
more. WOW, the comments comimg back to me are hateful, demeaning and
downright combative...and also insulting.
I LOVE IT....maybe they will all wake up and stop sending useless drivel.
Thanks for giving me an access to the facts and some common sense truth. I
have been quiet too many years. You guys are doing a great service for the
web.
You deserve ten Webbys"....Good job. Isn't it curious how the truth really
ticks off some people?
Thanks for a great site.

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Comment: Dear sir/madam,

Once again thank you for your exceptional website. I used it today to
check the authenticity of an email message about stroke recognition. A
lot of the information spewing around the Internet is so bad as to be
laughable. But this was one of those rare cases that was not clear. Your
exceptional web site got to the point clearly and accurately. Thank you
for all your hard work and effort, I'm sure I'm not the only one who
appreciates it.

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Comment: I LOVE THIS WEBSITE! I've been using it now for about a month
after a friend showed it to me, and I think that it is just fantastic. I
have friends who forward me all of the silly rumors, but have never been
able to justify to them their paranoia...now I can!

I especially appreciate your search engine, it's one of the best.
Whenever I type in information, I always find what I'm looking for right
away, instead of a ton of irrelevant articles popping up.

THANK YOU for all of the hard work that goes into developing this website.

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Comment: just wanted to send a quick note to say THANK YOU for creating
AND maintaining this site! i have been using it for quite a few years to
verify the validity (or lack thereof) of several e-mails that are
forwarded to me. i always try to forward the e-mails back to everyone i
can with a link to your site proving (or more likely disproving) the
claims made in the e-mail.
thank you for providing a trustworthy source that lists resources for
information. i enjoy reading the various legends, stories, and lore and
appreciate the internyms included on several messages. keep up the great
work!

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Comment: Barbara,

You all are amazing. I don't know how you keep up with it all, but your
site is one of logic and honestly. It's a trusted site for me in this
age of overwhelming misinformation technology.

Thank you!

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Comment: Thank you for your assessment of the Athiest Professor and all
that genre. You've created a very intelligent response to a very
emotional issue. I'm beyond impressed! As a Christian, it seems most
college professors (and non-believers in general) take personal offense
when faced with an unwavering, though "illogical", belief. Witness the
"Darwin Fish" which doesn't just refute a belief in Divine Design, but
seems to mock it. I think that's why I get such a kick out of these
e-mails when they present an energetic answer to the challenge! Plus
they're allegorical; when the Marine knocks the professor down, it's an
illustration that we can always be an expression of God, although I
believe that Jesus' point was to be an expression of God's LOVE. I guess
that would be an example of Tough Love? Anyway thank you for such a great
analysis and good luck with that Webby! If you don't deserve it, no one
does!

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Comment: Every few weeks or so, at work, I receive a widely-circulated
e-mail with some kind of alarmist health news, conspiracy, etc., with the
sender breathlessly (as breathlessly as one can in an e-mail) expressing
the need to be shocked, horrified and alarmed. Usually, there is no
documentation supporting the claim, so my next step is always snopes.com.
I just type in a couple of keywords in your search window on the home
page, and, voila, there my e-mail is, always debunked. I promptly send
the link to all the recipients. I usually get a few replies back from
some thanking me for the information, but never yet from the original
sender. [Smile] This is definitely one of my favorite websites.

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Comment: You folks are like internet heros to me. I've always prided
myself in being an advocate of finding out as much as possible before
passing judgement, and you are the final word on many questions that have
come up. You're like the 5th grade teacher who seems to know it all as
far as the kids in the class are concerned. Many thanks.

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Comment: Dear Mikkelsons --

I suppose you get this all the time but perhaps you don't tire of it. I
just wanted to let you know what a delightful site I think you have and
what a wonderful service it provides.

May your tribe prosper!

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Comment: Just wanted to thank you for your site.

I've been using it for years to educate my friends and acquaintances and
encourage them to LOOK before they CLICK SEND.

Thanks for the great work.

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Comment: Great site. Everytime I get one of those bogus emails I reply
with your site listed for them to check out.

Could this site be a scam also ?? Never can tell. HA ha


Have a nice day.

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Comment: Thank You for once again in educating the public about the get
back money scams from different companies if their emails are sent out to
many people. sincerely As satified Reader that getsyour site always!

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Comment: hi, i just want to say that your site is so helpful. rarely do i
search here for an article that i can't find.

AT LEAST twice a week, i receive some silly claim in my e-mail box (all
marked urgent, of course!). i always come straight to your web site, find
out the truth, and then reply to my sender with a copy of your article.

i have also e-mail your web site to many people, REPEATEDLY. now, i just
wish i could get them to USE your web site before they go into their next
frenzied e-mail campaign. it's really laziness on their part (i can't
express quite enough how annoying those e-mails are to me. it makes the
SENDER seem uneducated, gullible and hysterical!).

thanks again. your service is really invaluable and saves me so much time
from hunting down the truth myself.

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Comment: Thank you so much for your website. I constantly receive articles from well-meaning friends, and I'm so glad to have your site to check them out. Little by little, I'm training my friends to check here first. It saves them the pity or rage that a phony story can generate, as well as the time wasted in sending on a phony or useless petition. I don't know what kind of problem causes people to write these bogus articles, but you guys are the Superheroes of the Internet in my book.
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Comment: Thank you, thank you, thank you for de-fusing the hysteria generated by so many e-mail hoaxes. Your website provides an invaluable service for all of us who want to verify the legitimacy of e-mails circulating on the internet. There is a great "conspiracy" mindset around the world today. The sometimes gullible and naive general public needs www.snopes.com to objectively research the claimed "truth" of e-mails that spread like wildfire.

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Comment: Just a long overdue THANK YOU for your level headed, insightful and very necessary search for the truth. Every time I delete some crazy email, someone I know sends it to me AGAIN...I immediately turn to Snopes and send them back what I feel very confident is the truth. Even my mom, a media sucker, has started questioning these things before she forwards them (at least to me) and that has lightened both my in box and my irritation. You encourage the kind of analysis that people are so willing to do without, but in this day and age, is of paramount importance. So,
THANK YOU.

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Comment: I love you Snopes.com!

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I...I...I don't understand. These e-mails are written coherent English. I didnít think Snopes got these letters. I canít stand it. I must have ranting:

thanks you for yours sight. it really roks! like when i gets a really stupud letter i like send them the snops sight and like they like really say liek far outand such and really is this a place tobe like roks likes. things.

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Comment: I just recently was introduced to this website. This is great.
I'll be using it frequently, as there is ALWAYS AND FOREVER rumors that
can shake us up, turn us upside down, take away sleep and the entire
plethora of matters concerning rumors! Keep us the good
work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Could this site be a scam also ?? Never can tell. HA ha

You mean, someday I'll log on to snopes.com and "YOU'VE BEEN PUNK'D" will appear in huge letters on my screen? Say it ain't so! [Eek!]


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Comment: I just want to tell you what a wonderful thing I think it is
you're doing. I, like most people who use the internet and email on a
daily basis, am constantly bombarded by the well-propagated falsehoods of
our time. It is with great pleasure that I can reply to these ill-advised
messages with a direct link to a page on your website that either confirms
or debunks the "facts" in question.

People are far too easily misled and fooled in our society today. This is
why I believe your work is SO important.

Keep it up!

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Comment: i love your website its really cool.

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Comment: Hi, I am a Crime Prevention Officer with Greater Manchester
Police In England. I get numerous emails forwarded to me which are usually
crime related urban myths. Your site has been invaluable to me in my work.

As well as reducing actual crime the UK govement and Police forces are
very keen to reduce the public's Fear Of Crime; obviously these myths only
serve to increase the public's fear of crime and so my ability to debunk
these myths as quickly as possible is very important. Once again many
thanks for all your hard work and what must be an immense amount of
research.

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Comment: Love this site. I use it all the time to check my information
before I send out the "lost my dog" or "Nigerian" emails.

Thanks so much!!

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Comment: Hi there - I have written in before, but I do not even for a
second expect you to remember me. I just wanted to write in to thank you
for how your website has changed my way of thinking.

The other day I was sitting in the break room at my company with some of
my coworkers having a chat. We have some plush couches in our breakroom
that are very comfortable and also very coveted. I was lucky enough to
get one before the hoard that also takes their break at 3:15. Anyway - we
were chatting about the couches in general. One of my coworkers told me a
story that went "I heard from so and so that heard from so and so (etc...)
that those couches are infested with black widow spiders. Well of course
my first reaction was YUCK (b/c of my terrible fear of spiders), but then
I started to think about it. Knowing what I do about black widow spiders
from my years living hating spiders, I remembered that bw spiders hate
light and populated areas. No self respecting spider would be living in,
or much less laying their eggs in a couch in a busy breakroom at a company
with over 400 employees. I was able to think objectivley, and in a way
assert myself as a more intelligent and skeptical person. I would
accredit all of that to my months/years of reading your website. It has
taught me to be skeptical of everything and above all else, do not believe
the FOAF stories.

Sorry to make my story drag on, but I just wanted to thank you for helping
make me a more intelligent person. Before I would have considered myself
VERY gullible, but now I can safely say that I am a wide eyed skeptic.
Thanks again for the great work and very informative webpages. Especially
the "Lost Legends"! [Razz]

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Comment: Thank you once again for shining a spotlight of reality through
the murk of things read or received. You folks are great!

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Comment: Just a quick note to say what an awesome site you guys run. Well
done and keep up the excellent work.
You are a bright light in the darkness of idiosy, rumors and popular
half-truths and a great help in stomping on the 'I-know it's true cos
someone in the pub told me' people.
Thanks for your efforts and long may you exist.

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