Rumors here should be checked out with snopes.com first.

@rocketj1 (6960)
United States
November 24, 2008 10:50am CST
There are a few of these chain e-mail type rumors going around here as discussions lately. They usually involve some sort of danger that we are supposed to look out for. While I appreciate warnings that will keep me safe. I feel that we don't need to be made more fearful by urban legends floating around cyberspace. Do you check things out with snopes.com when you get an e-mail like this? How about when you see one of these rumors here as a discussion? Do you inform others or do you let it go?
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• United States
24 Nov 08
I always try to check those things out. The more outlandish it sounds the more I feel the need to check it out. There is no reason to live in fear. The news gives you enough of that. :) "Some may trust in Horses, some may trust in chariots, but we will trust in the name of our God." Pastor G
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• United States
24 Nov 08
Weird it posted twice???
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Hey, maybe we needed to hear that verse more than once! Thanks, my friend!
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Occasionally if the email has some merit of its own, whether true or not, I will send it to certain members of my family.. I just responded to another Mylotter in a discussion about a speech made by Ben Stein, I had checked it out before amd knew that it wasn't 100% accurate, but the content was so impressive that a lesson learned is sometimes good even if not true.. I do although try and check out any of the emails going around as I have read some of them many, many times over and knew each time they weren't true..
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• United States
25 Nov 08
I need to add that I don't forward any of the blatantly untrue emails, just the more or less generic ones that can have a great lesson attached, like the one that was supposed to be from Ben Stein..
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I don't usually take part in those kinds of discussions. Sometimes I will, but often times I won't. If so, I just let it go usually and don't think anything of it unless it's really a bothersome danger. I try to be as naive as possible, even though I know that's not always the best way to be. I agree that people need to snopes stuff, or either that or say "I got this through email, and you know emails can be"
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I've done that too. I'll say "this is just a story but the point is good" or "don't know if this is true but it's worth checking out". Thanks:)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I have made myself quite unpopular a few time of myLot because I always check out rumors and warnings which are posted here on myLot. Then let them know that according to Snopes they are false. Some people do not like being corrected. I think the nastiest response I got was when there was a warning posted that Glade Plug-in Air Fresheners caused fires. Pages of people thanked the originator and nearly all were prepared to throw their Plug Ins in the trash so I (mistakenly) thought I was doing a good deed by letting them know it was not true!
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Good for you! I really hate fear-based rumors! They can ruin someone's reputation! I'm always so surprised that people want to believe such things. If we told them something good, do you think it would spread as quickly? Thanks, friend!
@Humbug25 (12551)
24 Nov 08
Hey there rocketj1 I think I am oblivious to such rumours! I don't think I can be paying too much attention to them because I am not aware of any rumours floating about in myLot!! I would probably ignore it anyway as chain emails and such luck don't interest me at all and I ignore them all!
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Good point. Sometimes it's just best to ignore these things. Thanks, humbug!
@savypat (20246)
• United States
24 Nov 08
This is a great site to know about. I have several friends and relatives who really get worked up over Internet rumors. I'll keep this address under favorites for future use.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Great! I'm so glad this was useful! Thanks:)
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
24 Nov 08
You are so right. I can't tell you how many times I had to dispel the "cold water causes cancer" story or stories of the like. Its obnoxious that people actually believe that type of stuff they get in email let alone re-post it...
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Exactly! I'm glad that you are willing to let the truth be told! Thanks:)
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
24 Nov 08
You know what? This stuff goes around and around and around. It goes from coffee is bad for you, and next year it is medically found to help this or that good thing. THe new car smell is cancer causing, and the next year, it's "what was that?" Chocolate is a killer this year and next year it stops strokes..... bottom line you just have to either ignore it all together, or if you do read/listen to it, you have to take it with a grain of salt and a ton of common sense. Funny you mention this - you know that one about putting your purse on the floor in a public restroom , and then placing your purse (with all its germs) on your counter at home, or you place it on your kitchen table at home - all the germs from the public restroom are now on the table where you eat......Well, today - I was in the waiting room at the car dealer today waiting for my car repair and this guy comes in with a satchel kind of bag thing - a cloth bag - maybe a laptop in there or something like that. He went straight to the men's room and then comes out and places that bag on the counter right next to the coffee maker and the cups that dealship had offered for free coffee! I usually dont pay much mind to stuff like this as I always put my purse on the hook or keep it on my shoulder anyway, But this bag of his was rather to large to hold or hang on a hook and men usually don't need to be concerned about that anyway, but that is what jumped into my mind immediately as I saw him put the bag on the counter.... Oh gross! THere's those bath room germs placed right there where someone is going to stir their coffee next! So you just have to use your best judgement and common sense and do the best you can. I figure it never hurts to "listen" to these things about keeping safe and all, just do just that. Listen and then act accordingly - as you see fit.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Sounds like common sense is the key! Thanks:)
@Marie5656 (336)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Funny you should mention this. The guys on the morning radio show I was listening to this morning was talking about this. I think someone had brought up the one going around about thiefs hiding under cars to slash your ankle with a knife. And also the flashing headlight gang initiation one. They were saying that if these were true, wouldn't the mainstream media and the cops be all over it with warnings and such? They said to think about them...if they are not all over the news, they are most definatly not factual. I always check things out with Snopes. The site About.com also has an urban legends area.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Thanks for the scoop on About.com! I didn't know about that one!
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
24 Nov 08
i always check snopes first. I get tons of emails that family n friends send me about warnings, but i always look it up and i even reply back to them that it was a rumor.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Thanks! It takes a few people to start a rumor but it probably takes more of us to stop it!
@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
29 Nov 08
That's right, most of them (if not all) are urban legends and it will come out again after several years. A lot could be found in Snopes. It's a good site to come by and pay a visit from time to time.
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@VE3IYB (209)
• Canada
26 Nov 08
Here Here I get all matter of forwards, well I use to, until I would do a Reply To All with the information from snopes.com After the first couple "Don't any of you guys check this stuff out before sending it?" the volume of these forwards dropped considerably. I still get the odd forward but not like I used too.
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@Marie5656 (336)
• United States
26 Nov 08
I remember several years back a friend emailed me all in a panic because of the Aspertaime warning going around. I forget the exact legend (I know it is on Snopes, if you want to check) but it was something about it being bad for you. She was certain she was about to die as she used sugar substitutes. I asked if she had seen anything in the media, or from her doctor. She did not, and I calmed her down a bit.
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@navas4u (185)
• India
25 Nov 08
The site is winderful.I will definitely check first there next time.Usually we can guess about the truth of most of the mails coming.But it is some times worth a check.Thank you for giving information about this great website.
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@lilcee (2704)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Hi rocketj. I usually just delete them and forget about it. But I'm going to save the link you included so I can check them out and see if they are rumors or not. That is very interesting information. Thanks for sharing the link.
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• United States
24 Nov 08
I always try to check those things out. The more outlandish it sounds the more I feel the need to check it out. There is no reason to live in fear. The news gives you enough of that. :) "Some may trust in Horses, some may trust in chariots, but we will trust in the name of our God." Pastor G
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
24 Nov 08
Hi Rocket, I have noticed some wierd discussions going on. I really haven't had the time to check them out as can only go on mylot before work, lunch break and for an hour after work. I have ignored them. If I had the time I would check them out. Howevger, some are so obviously false. God Bless!
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