Breaking the Chains!!!
Slides send this to Pegger, who in turn sent it to me... Who sent this to Slides, I know not... BUT... Whomever decided to create this note and forward it on should receive some type of humanitarian award... It says it all..!
1. Big companies don't do business via chain letters. Bill Gates is
not giving you $1000, and Disney is not giving you a free vacation.
There is no baby food company issuing class-action checks. Procter
and Gamble is not part of a satanic cult or scheme, and its logo is
not satanic. MTV will not give you backstage passes if you forward
something to the most people. Honda won't give you a new car either!
You can relax; there is no need to pass it on "just in case it's
true". Furthermore, just because someone said in a message, four
generations back, that "we checked it out and it's legit", does not
actually make it true.
2. There is no kidney theft ring in New Orleans. No one is waking up in a bathtub full of ice, even if a friend of a friend swears it happened to their cousin. If you are hell-bent on believing the kidney-theft ring stories, please see:
And I quote: "The National Kidney Foundation has repeatedly issued requests for actual victims of organ thieves to come forward and tell their stories. None have." That's "none" as in "zero". Not even your friend's cousin.
3. Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $200 cookie recipe. And even if they do, we all have it. And even if you don't, you can get a copy at:
Then, if you make the recipe, decide the cookies are that awesome, feel free to pass the recipe on.
4. If the latest NASA rocket disaster(s) DID contain
plutonium that went to particulate over the eastern
seaboard, do you REALLY think this information would
reach the public via an AOL chain letter?
5. There is no "Good Times" virus. In fact, you
should never, ever, ever forward any email containing
any virus warning unless you first confirm that an
actual site of an actual company that actually deals
with viruses. Try:
And even then, don't forward it. We don't care. And you cannot
get a virus from a flashing IM or email, you have to
download....ya know, like, a FILE!
6. There is no gang initiation plot to murder any
motorist who flashes headlights at another car driving
at night without lights.
7. If you're using Outlook, IE, or Netscape to write
email, turn off the "HTML encoding." Those of us on
Unix shells can't read it, and don't care enough to
save the attachment and then view it with a web
browser, since you're probably forwarding us a copy of
the Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe anyway.
8. If you still absolutely MUST forward that
10th-generation message from a friend, at least have
the decency to trim the eight miles of headers showing
everyone else who's received it over the last 6
months. It sure wouldn't hurt to get rid of all the ""
that begin each line either. Besides, if it has gone
around that many times we've probably already seen it.
9. Craig Shergold (or Sherwood, or Sherman, etc.)
in England is not dying of cancer or anything else at
this time and would like everyone to stop sending him
their business cards. He apparently is no longer a
"little boy" either.
10. The "Make a Wish" foundation is a real
organization doing fine work, but they have had to
establish a special toll free hot line in response to
the large number of Internet hoaxes using their good
name and reputation. It is distracting them from the
important work they do.
11. If you are one of those insufferable idiots who
forwards anything that "promises" something bad will
happen if you "don't," then something bad will happen
to you if I ever meet you in a dark alley.
12. Women really are suffering in Afghanistan, and
PBS and NEA funding are still vulnerable to attack
(although not at the present time) but forwarding an
e-mail won't help either cause in the least. If you
want to help, contact your local legislative
representative, or get in touch with Amnesty
International or the Red Cross. As a general rule,
e-mail "signatures" are easily faked and mean nothing
to anyone with any power to do anything about whatever
the competition is complaining about.
13) IBM is not giving away free computers because
AOL bought Time Warner.
14) A little dog (or any picture) is not going to pop up on the
screen if you forward an email to any number of people.
15) Neither the GAP nor Abercrombie & Fitch are giving
away free clothes or gift certificates.
16) The US Postal Service is not going to stop printing Black
Heritage Stamps because Black people are not buying them.
17) I know this is a touchy one for some of you, and
you and you alone know your relationship with
Almighty God but, you will not go to hell or suffer some
catastrophic event if you break the prayer circle.
18) Little Suzy who is dying of cancer (leukemia, AIDS, etc..)
is not going to receive $10 for every person you send the
(PS: There is no bill pending before Congress that
will allow long-distance companies to charge you for
using the Internet.)
Bottom Line ...
Composing e-mail or posting something on the Net is as easy as writing on the walls of a public restroom. Don't automatically believe it until it's proven false... ASSUME it's false, unless there
is proof that it's true.