Ok, everybody, I don’t want to rain on your parade, but I keep getting these forwarded emails and I simply CANNOT believe there is not some basic fact-checking going on before this stuff is passed on. In all fairness you boggers are not the ones perpetuating rumors. My friend Jay (who is completely unaware of blogs, so I can mention her by name) is awful about forwarding this stuff, as are most people over 60.
All it takes is a few seconds over at Snopes to verify any sort of eyebrow-raising email you might receive.
For example, I have gotten these emails in the last couple of months (all are false):
–Bill Gates/Microsoft will be giving away money/prizes if I forward the message.
–The UK is removing all mention of the Holocaust from their school textbooks.
–Your car’s keyless remote entry can be unlocked via cell phone.
–Thieves place a flyer on your back car window while you’re shopping. Afterwards, when you’re pulling out and get out of your car to remove it, they jump in your car and steal it.
–KFC took the word “chicken” out of their name because the goverment determined that KFC isn’t actually serving chicken; just genetic mutants made of living chicken tissue. Eeew.
–The people who fouunded Stanford were not insulted and rebuffed by the president of Harvard, and decided to start their own university instead (I think I heard this in Sacrament Meeting, actually.)
–The son of famous periatrician, Dr, Spock, killed himself.
–Kids in elementary school are accidentally overdosing on strawberry-flavored crystal meth.
Just so you know, Snopes has every urban legend and most wide-spread rumors explained. Some are true, most aren’t. Please don’t look like an idiot and forward untrue emails.
To end on a true note, let me add some pictures from Snopes that are, in fact, real and verified:
Cyclops kitten (lived for one day, poor thing):
These girls are actually twins. Their parents are both biracial, and although it’s rare, this sort of thing is genetically possible: