Sunday, November 14, 2004

PSA: URBAN LEGENDS

[Dude, I am so doing everything but my immediate assignment right now. But I felt I had to do this. ]

America, the NEA is not canceling funding for PBS and Sesame Street. This is an issue from 1996.

Penny Brown is NOT missing.

Dr. W. David Hager has already been appointed to the FDA committee, and he does not deny birth-control prescriptions to unmarried women.

A girl probably did not freeze her naked ass to her date's car on their first date.

And here's why internet petitions are a waste of your time.

Please, do us all a favor. Before you forward a petition, an email that claims to be able to "track" results, or anything else, please check Snopes' Urban Legends page. They have a search engine that's very good, and if you don't find a rumor on their site, ask them to investigate it.

But above all, I beg of you, do not forward things to all of your friends and acquaintances until you determine that the email is factual.

Thank you.

10 Comments:

At 10:11 PM, November 14, 2004, Blogger annabel lee said...

Ha! Thank you so much. Wouldn't it be great if clicking "forward" in any e-mail system automatically opened up Snopes for you?

 
At 10:20 AM, November 15, 2004, Blogger Michael said...

Yes, but how do we know that you exist? Maybe you really are Madonna. Maybe you're not even posting on this site from NYC. Maybe you live in Nigeria and want us to send you our bank account code and SSN so we can split $45 million left over from the last regime. This whole Internet thing has gotten way too complicated. I blame Al Gore.

 
At 12:25 PM, November 15, 2004, Blogger Erinna said...

Oh, Esther, this is great. I've gotten into the habit of checking the hoaxes myself and then sending the email back to the friend who sent it with a link. Somehow, this doesn't seem to stop them...

 
At 12:41 PM, November 15, 2004, Blogger bex said...

Yes! Yes! Yes! Snopes 4-evuh. If one more person sends me the Hager petition (and I don't care if Lily Tomlin signed it; even goddesses can be out-of-date), I may have to rent a gynormous billboard in Times Square announcing the fact that he's firmly established on the committee (and recently re-appointed).

 
At 1:01 PM, November 15, 2004, Blogger Carrie said...

THANK YOU! And thank goodness that someone finally codified all of the ridiculous cyber versions of urban legends, so we can finally persuade our more gullible friends to stop forwarding myths blindly. Well, we can *try*, anyway.

But what I really want to know is, do you have that great chocolate chip cookie recipe? Because I'll be damned if I'm paying Neiman-Marcus all that money for a cookie recipe - they have some nerve! As a matter of fact, I'm going to write an email to everyone in my address book to complain about them.

;-)

 
At 2:21 PM, November 15, 2004, Blogger PepGiraffe said...

I do one better. The first time someone sends something like that to me, I will do the research and nicely suggest that they try snopes. Everytime after that, I do reply all. I'm mean.

 
At 7:41 PM, November 15, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! ~Aviva

 
At 9:11 PM, November 15, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey what about this whole JDate is a Nazi plot thing that I read about on Jewlicious? What do you think? Hoax or creepy?

 
At 10:36 AM, November 16, 2004, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

As far as I know, JDate is NOT a Nazi plot. See here: http://jdatersanonymous.blogspot.com/2004/11/dating-service-or-nazi-plot.html

Or, go to Snopes yourself.

 
At 5:09 PM, November 16, 2004, Blogger Charles Star said...

I've read the Hager thing at Snopes. He has been reappointed to the committee, and (despite his denials) there is reason to believe that he denies birth control to unmarried women. The horse has left the barn on his appointment, but the charges against him aren't false.

 

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My Urban Kvetch: PSA: URBAN LEGENDS

Sunday, November 14, 2004

PSA: URBAN LEGENDS

[Dude, I am so doing everything but my immediate assignment right now. But I felt I had to do this. ]

America, the NEA is not canceling funding for PBS and Sesame Street. This is an issue from 1996.

Penny Brown is NOT missing.

Dr. W. David Hager has already been appointed to the FDA committee, and he does not deny birth-control prescriptions to unmarried women.

A girl probably did not freeze her naked ass to her date's car on their first date.

And here's why internet petitions are a waste of your time.

Please, do us all a favor. Before you forward a petition, an email that claims to be able to "track" results, or anything else, please check Snopes' Urban Legends page. They have a search engine that's very good, and if you don't find a rumor on their site, ask them to investigate it.

But above all, I beg of you, do not forward things to all of your friends and acquaintances until you determine that the email is factual.

Thank you.

10 Comments:

At 10:11 PM, November 14, 2004, Blogger annabel lee said...

Ha! Thank you so much. Wouldn't it be great if clicking "forward" in any e-mail system automatically opened up Snopes for you?

 
At 10:20 AM, November 15, 2004, Blogger Michael said...

Yes, but how do we know that you exist? Maybe you really are Madonna. Maybe you're not even posting on this site from NYC. Maybe you live in Nigeria and want us to send you our bank account code and SSN so we can split $45 million left over from the last regime. This whole Internet thing has gotten way too complicated. I blame Al Gore.

 
At 12:25 PM, November 15, 2004, Blogger Erinna said...

Oh, Esther, this is great. I've gotten into the habit of checking the hoaxes myself and then sending the email back to the friend who sent it with a link. Somehow, this doesn't seem to stop them...

 
At 12:41 PM, November 15, 2004, Blogger bex said...

Yes! Yes! Yes! Snopes 4-evuh. If one more person sends me the Hager petition (and I don't care if Lily Tomlin signed it; even goddesses can be out-of-date), I may have to rent a gynormous billboard in Times Square announcing the fact that he's firmly established on the committee (and recently re-appointed).

 
At 1:01 PM, November 15, 2004, Blogger Carrie said...

THANK YOU! And thank goodness that someone finally codified all of the ridiculous cyber versions of urban legends, so we can finally persuade our more gullible friends to stop forwarding myths blindly. Well, we can *try*, anyway.

But what I really want to know is, do you have that great chocolate chip cookie recipe? Because I'll be damned if I'm paying Neiman-Marcus all that money for a cookie recipe - they have some nerve! As a matter of fact, I'm going to write an email to everyone in my address book to complain about them.

;-)

 
At 2:21 PM, November 15, 2004, Blogger PepGiraffe said...

I do one better. The first time someone sends something like that to me, I will do the research and nicely suggest that they try snopes. Everytime after that, I do reply all. I'm mean.

 
At 7:41 PM, November 15, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! ~Aviva

 
At 9:11 PM, November 15, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey what about this whole JDate is a Nazi plot thing that I read about on Jewlicious? What do you think? Hoax or creepy?

 
At 10:36 AM, November 16, 2004, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

As far as I know, JDate is NOT a Nazi plot. See here: http://jdatersanonymous.blogspot.com/2004/11/dating-service-or-nazi-plot.html

Or, go to Snopes yourself.

 
At 5:09 PM, November 16, 2004, Blogger Charles Star said...

I've read the Hager thing at Snopes. He has been reappointed to the committee, and (despite his denials) there is reason to believe that he denies birth control to unmarried women. The horse has left the barn on his appointment, but the charges against him aren't false.

 

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