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I'm tired of forwarded emails.

Look, I know people have good intentions. My mom sent me one the other day about microwave water being harmful to plants. I got one today from my buddy's wife about 13 year old "Ashley Flores" missing.

I know that there are a trillion other people with bad intentions. I guess I have been using the internet so long that everything that is mailed to me by ANYONE I immediately go to one simple website:

www.snopes.com

It is an urban legend website. If you get an email about ANYTHING, all you do is go to snopes and enter into their search category the subject in question. For example, I searched on Ashley Flores and it immediately popped up:

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/missing/ashleyflores.asp

The microwave water? Yep, there too:

http://www.snopes.com/science/microwave/plants.asp


It is amazing because of the ridiculousness of some emails. Do you really think you won millions in an English lottery? Or that someone is contacting you from Africa to transfer money? If it is too good to be true...it usually is.

Sometimes even the most benign emails are hoaxes. My friend sent me one about a computer virus that was sent via email. The email name was called "Invitation", and it opens an "Olympic Torch which "burns" the whole hard disc C of your computer."

Went over to snopes on that one, too. http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/invitation.asp

The new rule of emails. Before you forward anything, go to snopes. Just take that 1 second to look over the website and make sure you aren't sending around something stupid or are going to click on a redirected website that you inadverently enter your password for PayPal or Amazon or Ebay - or your bank.

It takes two seconds to stop propogating useless information.

I learned all of this because I was THAT GUY. I had to keep getting people to write me back with a "Dude, this is a hoax." until I finally said, "Hmmm...maybe I should RESEARCH a bit before I send out a forwarded email."

Just go to www.snopes.com and do us all a favor, please?

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Too true. Snopes is an excellent site. Beyond just saying to some people "just search Google for it", there's another great gem of the Internet, too: http://www.straightdope.com/ It's another great "plain English" site for all those ridiculous questions you get from relatives, friends, etc.

I can't find this one:


A heads up for those of you who may be regular Home Depot customers. Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you.


Here's how the scam works: Two seriously good-looking girls in their 20's come over to your car as you are packing your shopping into the trunk. They both start wiping your windshield with paper towels and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. It is impossible not to look. When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say "No" and instead
ask you for a ride to another Home Depot. Of course, you agree and they get in the back seat. On the way, they start making out and having sex with each other. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and performs oral sex on you, while the other one steals your wallet. I've had my wallet stolen on January 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, on the 17th, 20th, & 24th. Also February 1st, 3rd, twice on the 8th, on the 12th and 16th and I'm concerned about this weekend as well.

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