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  • Most Popular Urban Legends of 2015

    12/30/2015 2:00:43 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 8 replies
    Snopes ^ | 12/29/2015 | David Mikkelson
    This page compiles the 25 urban legends that circulated the most widely on the Internet in 2015, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage.   Facebook Privacy Notice 1) FALSE: Posting a legal notice on your Facebook wall will protect your copyright and privacy rights.   Mark Zuckerberg Giveaway Hoax 2) FALSE: Mark Zuckerberg is giving away $4.5 million to Facebook users who share a "thank you" message.   Full of Bull 3) FALSE: Red Bull and other brands of energy drink contain bull semen.   Dead Ringer Singer 4) FALSE: The body of...
  • Urban Legends: The Preacher’s Edition (how many have you heard?)

    04/30/2011 5:21:53 PM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 20 replies
    Kingdom People Blog ^ | 2011apr27 | Trevin Was
    Those of us who are entrusted with the task of expositing the Scriptures in a local church must take care to verify our sources, illustrations, and stories. No matter how helpful an illustration may be, it is dishonoring to God if it is untrue. Here are a number of urban legends that get repeated in sermons. Some are more pervasive than others, even appearing in commentaries and scholarly works. 1. The “eye of the needle” refers to a gate outside Jerusalem. ...
  • 12-Year-Old Boy Discovers Something While Exploring an Abandoned House

    An adventurous 12-year-old Ohio boy may have got more than he bargained for over the weekend when he stumbled upon a terrifying scene while exploring an abandoned house. Authorities say the child found a mummified corpse hanging in the cupboard of a Dayton home on Sunday, adding that it had been there for five years, CNN reported. Ken Betz, the director of the Montgomery County Corener’s office, said that before the boy made the stunning discovery, neighbors assumed the home was vacant. The front door was covered with citations for an overgrown yard and no one was ever seen leaving...
  • Church Members Mistreat Homeless Man in Church, Unaware It Is Their Pastor in Disguise

    12/05/2013 8:06:39 PM PST · by grundle · 44 replies ^ | September 18, 2013
    Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would...
  • (Newsbusters)-Flashback:MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Touted False Limbaugh Quote in June

    10/14/2009 10:49:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies · 2,080+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 10-14-09 | Kyle Drennen
    On the June 3, 2009 Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow cited a false quote attributed to Rush Limbaugh in which the radio host supposedly said he wanted to award Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin the Medal of Honor. Since Limbaugh expressed interest in becoming part owner of the St. Louis Rams in October, several MSNBC hosts have repeated that and other false quotes. Reacting to Limbaugh calling then Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist, Maddow declared: “When you get called racist by the guy who says the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. should get the...
  • SPEAKER OF WHOSE HOUSE? (Windfall Tax on Retirement Income)

    03/12/2009 3:21:35 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 24 replies · 2,293+ views
    Received in my email today: SPEAKER OF WHOSE HOUSE? Windfall Tax on Retirement Income Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people, you're so darn stupid that we're going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you. That's what the Speaker of the House is saying. Read below............... Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on RetirementIncome. In other words tax what you have made by investing toward your retirement. This woman is a nut case! You aren't going to believe this. Madam speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put a...
  • Life in the 1500's (email I received - relevant as we all may be living this way soon)

    02/10/2009 12:42:17 PM PST · by Grumpybutt · 50 replies · 2,511+ views
    ** LIFE IN THE 1500'S ** The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water....
  • Conversation with a Liberal #2 - Debunking Liberal Urban Legends

    01/18/2009 4:41:47 PM PST · by redhotright · 33 replies · 1,393+ views ^ | 2008-01-18 | Red-Hot Right
    Thank you to all the Freepers who commented on my first Conversation with a Liberal at FreeRepublic. One of my favorite comments likened talking with Liberals to talking with houseplants. Thanks Popman. Here's another true story for your amusement... My wife was talking with some liberals recently who were discussing how Europeans are so wonderful and smart because they can speak multiple languages. The implication was that Americans are stupid because most Americans speak only English. My wife, being a naturalized American citizen who immigrated from Europe, was asked her opinion on the matter. Without missing a beat, she replied,...
  • Frightening Text Messages Being Forwarded Around NY Jews:EXCLUSIVE FREEPER UPDATE INCLUDED

    01/05/2009 4:12:38 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 635 replies · 23,661+ views
    Yeshiva World News ^ | Jan 2, 2009 and Jan 5, 2009 | Yehuda Drudgestein - YWN
    UPDATED - ALERT - Frightening Text Messages Being Forwarded Around NY Jews January 2, 2009 3:00PM EST: [UPDATE BELOW] With the situation in Gaza deteriorating by the day, and anti-semitism rampant around the world, thousands of NY Jews were frightened upon receiving the following text message which has been going around on Friday afternoon: “A Jewish woman gave a tip to a Muslim taxi driver and out of appreciation he warned her not to go to Manhattan next week Wednesday.” YWN has reached out to high-ranking members of the NYPD, and have stated that although they received the same text...
  • Rev. Wright, King of Urban Legends (Please List Here)

    04/29/2008 9:34:59 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 15 replies · 145+ views
    April 29, 2008
    As one who is distressed hearing the Urban Legends pouring from the mouth of a popular minister, I think it is important to document how he cleverly weaves stories which many either want to believe or can be swayed to believe, but are not true. Please post and document the Urban Legends, lies and distortions you find.
  • Email Gas Tips,Experts critque please

    03/07/2008 6:33:13 AM PST · by CGASMIA68 · 92 replies · 451+ views
    email | 030708 | email
    Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon . In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations donot have temperature compensation at the...
  • The Media’s Top 10 Economic Myths of 2007

    12/14/2007 8:13:27 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies · 74+ views
    10. Airlines are solely to blame for the unfriendly skies. Media myth: Blame the airlines for all those flight delays; never mind the obsolete government-run agency creating the gridlock. 9. Consumer spending is the be-all, end-all of the economy.Media myth: Without excessive consumer spending – especially at Christmastime – the U.S. economy will collapse. 8. The stock market is trouble, whether it goes up or down.Media myth: One day the stock market can’t sustain growth; the next, we’re just one drop away from another crash. 7. Anyone who ‘denies’ global warming shouldn’t be taken seriously. Media myth: Global warming...
  • The Curse Of Che Guevara (Marxist Cult Of Che Propaganda)

    10/11/2007 11:39:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies · 1,660+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | October 08, 2007 | Jens Glüsing
    The Curse Of Che Guevara By Jens Glüsing Legendary Argentinian guerrilla fighter Ernesto "Che" Guevara was shot dead in Bolivia 40 years ago. Some worship him like a saint, while others credit him with the power to take revenge on his killers from beyond the grave. The man who shot the most famous guerrilla fighter of all time lives in Bolivia's largest city, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in a typical middle-class neighborhood. The street is quiet and located close to Avenida Paraguay, one of the main thoroughfares in the sprawling city. The man who lives here is 68 years...
  • Doctor who headed astronaut health study criticizes NASA

    09/06/2007 2:42:10 PM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 15 replies · 336+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/6/07 | Marcia Dunn
    09/06/2007 By MARCIA DUNN / Associated Press An Air Force doctor who headed a controversial astronaut health study told Congress on Thursday that NASA is discouraging open communications by rebutting reports of drunken astronauts on launch day and deriding the claims as urban legends. The bigger issue, more than drinking, is NASA's apparent disregard of mental health and behavior issues among its astronauts, and the demoralizing reluctance among flight surgeons and astronauts to report improper conduct, said Col. Richard Bachmann Jr. Last week, NASA released the results of its own internal investigation, saying it had found no evidence or even...
  • The billion-dollar space pen

    05/01/2006 5:31:20 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 18 replies · 999+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 05/01/06 | Dwayne A. Day
    Everybody has heard of the infamous Space Pen. Space has its urban legends of course, and the Million Dollar Space Pen is one of the more enduring ones. It is neither as outlandish nor as unbelievable as the story about faking the Moon landings, and even though it seems more credible than a massive government conspiracy, it is probable that fewer people have heard it. The story goes like this: in the 1960s, NASA astronauts discovered that their pens did not work in zero gravity. So like good engineers, they went to work and designed a wonder pen. It worked...

    04/27/2006 5:09:36 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 42 replies · 7,310+ views
    listserv | Unknown | AP
    Linda Burnett, 23, a resident of Palm Springs, CA, was visiting her in-laws and while there went to a nearby supermarket to pick up some groceries. Several people noticed her sitting in her car with the windows rolled up and with her eyes closed, with both hands behind the back of her head. One customer who had been at the store for a while became concerned and walked over to the car. He noticed that Linda's eyes were now open, and she looked very strange. He asked her if she was okay, and Linda replied that she'd been shot in...
  • Urban Legends: Top 25 most popular topics of the past week

    02/17/2006 8:15:38 AM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 2 replies · 309+ views
    About (Newsletter) ^ | 2/17/2006 | David Emery
    Urban Legends and Folklore The Urban Legends Top 25 Top 25 most popular topics of the past week Week Ending: 02/12/06 [Previous Week] [New/Updated] 1. Are Telemarketers About to Get Your Cell Phone #? 2. World's Tallest Woman 3. The Urban Legends Slide Show 4. Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2005 5. Photos of Indoor Ski Resort in Dubai 6. The Giant Grizzly Bear 7. Popular Lipsticks Contain Cancer-Causing Lead 8. 'Eye of God' in Outer Space 9. Missing Child: Penny Brown 10. Phenylpropanolamine Recall 11. Mr. Rogers Was a Marine Sniper/Navy Seal 12. Credit Card Fraud...
  • Completely Useless Trivia

    01/18/2006 11:58:27 AM PST · by ToddBush · 33 replies · 625+ views
    1/18/2006 | Todd Bush
    * The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone. * Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury. * Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better. * Coca-Cola was originally green. * It is impossible to lick your elbow. * The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38% * The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400 * The average number of people airborne...
  • Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2005

    01/06/2006 9:13:31 AM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 19 replies · 1,141+ views
    ABOUT.COM ^ | 01/06/2006 | Dave Emery
    Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2005 From David Emery,Your Guide to Urban Legends and Folklore. It's time to look back on 2005 — an eventful twelve months by any measure — and revisit the Top 10 Net Hoaxes and Urban Legends of the year. As in 2004, contenders were ranked according to reader interest and longevity as gauged by email submissions, page views and search queries from January through December. Predictably, a number of the most popular email forwards were "golden oldies" from previous years, so a modest amount of subjective culling was required to make room...
  • Denominational Creationism Continues its Destructive Course

    11/21/2005 1:32:29 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 20 replies · 659+ views
    This is old, but a good article on myths and urban legends: I always approach an article like this one with a great deal of fear and apprehension. This journal has one basic premise on which it operates, and that is that science and faith do not and cannot conflict. If, in fact, "God created the heavens and the earth," and if God revealed Himself to us through His word the Bible, they have to agree. If they disagree, it is either because we have bad science or bad theology or both. The lesson of history is that there have...

    05/22/2005 10:44:45 PM PDT · by HuntsvilleTxVeteran · 18 replies · 3,141+ views
    HOW OLD IS GRANDMA? One evening, a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general. The Grandma replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There were no credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man had yet to...
  • The 10 greatest rock'n'roll myths

    02/22/2005 9:53:02 PM PST · by freedom44 · 107 replies · 3,994+ views
    observer ^ | 2/22/05 | Graeme Thomson
    1: 'Mama' Cass choking on a sandwich When 'Mama' Cass Elliot died in her London flat in 1974 at the age of 32, a hasty postmortem suggested she had choked on her own vomit while chomping a sandwich in bed. At 5' 5" and 240 pounds, it was easy to believe that - like a female version of Monty Python's Mr Creosote - Elliot had simply gambled on one mouthful too many. Not so. The coroner's report after her death concluded that Cass died of massive heart failure, brought on by obesity and the strains of crash dieting. Though a...
  • In Lone Defense Of Scott Peterson Written By: Jen Shroder

    12/19/2004 7:21:07 PM PST · by theconservativerepublican · 16 replies · 432+ views
    Geragos ^ | 2004
    don’t get it. My favorite columnists are writing volumes to hang Scott Peterson. Crowds at the courthouse resemble lynch mobs. Peterson is being compared to Hitler, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and a hit list of gruesome ax murdering child molesters. But the columnists forgot one thing, where’s the evidence? The news media has laughed a little too hard at the possibility of a satanic cult. If you do the research, there are THOUSANDS of unrecovered missing women and children in California that the media ignores. There ARE childhood survivors of satanic cults who have testified to graphic descriptions of siblings...
  • Dems Strategy of Promoting "Urban legends"

    10/25/2004 9:16:43 AM PDT · by add925 · 1 replies · 283+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 10/25/04 | add925
    There is more than enough evidence that the LLL actively promotes Urban Legends to influence political decisions. As an example, this link simply tracks the references to Urban Legends in prior FReeper posts. Track these urban legends yourself and list the most often used such as "Republicans Suppress Black Voters", Bush Will Privatise Social Security", or "Only the Rich Received a Tax Break".
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • EAGLES UP! Middle Eastern Man tells US Army soldier on leave: "You aren't welcome here!" [HOAX]

    12/19/2002 5:20:06 AM PST · by Alkhin · 425 replies · 851+ views
    Happening in Houston Reported on KSEV, Houston, The Voice, Jon Matthews show... A soldier on leave from the US Army stopped off in a Conoco station to fill his vehicle and is told by the Middle Eastern man running the place to leave because he is a murderer. Houston FReepers, if you have the information about the address of the station and the number to Conoco, please spread around. Houstonians are already calling into Conoco demanding the oil company take the franchise away from the man who did this to our military. If you live in Houston, please fill this...
  • TERRORISM: Murder or Accident "14 Americans, said to have died in accidents were murdered by Saudis"

    05/03/2002 11:02:48 PM PDT · by Spar · 8 replies · 266+ views ^ | May 3, 2002 | Q & D Headlines
    TERRORISM: Murder or Accident May 3, 2002; The increasingly strained relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia are causing many incidents from the past to be examined anew. It's never been a secret that Saudi Arabia is home to some very fundamentalist Moslems. The fact that 14 of the 19 September 11 hijackers were Saudis is hard to ignore. During the Gulf War, the United States and Saudi governments went out of their way to prevent incidents between half a million U.S. "infidel" soldiers and Saudi fundamentalists. Just how extensive that effort was may be seen by some of...
  • Man Spends 18 months in Jail for Burning Firewood

    03/17/2002 11:28:10 AM PST · by Henrietta · 273 replies · 1,367+ views
    The Idaho Observer ^ | March 13, 2002 | The Idaho Observer
    Earl Waite recently returned home after spending 18 months at the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon. Waite, 56, was accused by U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Special Agent Pat Green of having cut nine cords of firewood from state lands to which federal administrators claim ownership in what is commonly recognized as the Salmon-Challis and Sawtooth National Forest. Waite claims he only cut one Douglas fir tree up for firewood and that he had permits allowing him to do so. By summer's end, 1998, Waite and his son had cut and stacked 48 cords of firewood, all but nine cords were...
  • Pay Attention People!

    03/12/2002 10:07:39 AM PST · by Sir Gawain · 19 replies · 153+ views
    Students at the Purdue Med School were receiving their first anatomy class with a real dead human body. They were all gathered around the surgery table with the body covered by a white sheet. Then the professor started the class by telling them: quot;In medicine, it is necessary to have 2 important qualities as a doctor: The first is that it is necessary that you not be disgusted.quot; The students saw the professor uncovered the sheet, stuck his finger in the butt of the dead body, withdrew it and sucked it. quot;Go ahead and do the same thing,quot; he told...

    03/06/2002 7:46:33 PM PST · by one2many · 145 replies · 1,135+ views ^ | February 2002 | Sherry Peel Jackson
    CLOSING COMMENTS "ADDRESSING THE JURY - THE AMERICAN PEOPLE" Ladies and Gentlemen: My name is Sherry Peel Jackson. I became a Certified Public Accountant in 1987, I was an Internal Revenue Agent in the Atlanta District for 7 years, and I became a Certified Fraud Examiner in 2001. I am here to summarize the tales of ignorance and deception that you have heard over the last two days and I am here to inform you of the state of the nation so that you may choose your next course of action. You have heard the truth of how the Internal ...
  • Kilgore Trout Biography (Greatest Science Fiction Writer Of All Time)

    03/07/2002 10:28:59 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 70 replies · 1,634+ views
    Kilgore Trout was bom in 1907 of American parents on the British island of Bermuda. Trout attended grammar school there until his father's job with the Royal Ornithological Society terminated. The family moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Trout graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1924. Thereafter, he wandered around the country, workng at menial low-paying jobs and writing science-fiction in his spare time. His only known residences during, this period are Hyannis, Mass., Indianapolis, Ind., and Ilium and Cohoes, N.Y. He has been married and divorced three times and has one child, Leo, a veteran of Vietnam. As of ...
  • 'Truth-in-taxation' forum ends in D.C.

    03/04/2002 10:50:51 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 42 replies · 1,081+ views ^ | Tuesday, March 5, 2002 | By Jon Dougherty
    A host of witnesses who offered testimony under oath during congressional-style hearings at a "Truth-in-Taxation" forum in Washington, D.C., say the event went off without a hitch and was generally a success. Bob Schulz, head of the We The People Foundation, which helped sponsor the event, said the forum – held Wednesday and Thursday at the Washington Marriott Hotel – "brought to public attention" allegations that the government has "intentionally and systematically conspired to deprive the American People of our Constitutional rights. …" "The hearing was but another step in the people's determination to get to the truth regarding ...
  • A Political Misfit With a Grand Legacy

    02/02/2002 7:21:06 AM PST · by Taft in '52 · 7 replies · 195+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | February 2, 2002 | Kim Campbell
    A political misfit with a grand legacy Seen as weak and vacillating, Lester Pearson gave Canada medicare, pensions, and a flag. A hard man to know, admits former Prime Minister KIM CAMPBELL By Kim Campbell If you ask Canadians to identify some of the elements that define us as a country, they will cite our medical plan, our two official languages, our international role as peacekeepers and our maple leaf flag that even Americans put on their backpacks when traveling abroad. All these symbols - including the reputation that would make an American want to be taken for a ...
  • Pipe Dreams: The origin of the "bombing Afghanistan for oil pipelines" theory (Lefties Proved Liars)

    12/10/2001 9:04:18 AM PST · by Timesink · 142 replies · 3,154+ views
    Slate ^ | December 6, 2001 | Seth Stevenson
    tangled webPipe DreamsThe origin of the "bombing-Afghanistan-for-oil-pipelines" theory.By Seth StevensonPosted Thursday, December 6, 2001, at 11:32 AM PTA theory making the rounds on the Internet, on the airwaves, and in the press claims that the bombing of the Taliban has nothing to do with a "war on terrorism" but everything to do with the oil pipeline the West wants to build through Afghanistan. Where did this theory start, and how did it spread?The California energy company Unocal seriously pursued building an Afghanistan pipeline in the 1990s, but back then the theorists, such as this Middle East specialist in 1998, argued that ...
  • Where Urban Legends Fall

    07/22/2004 12:31:16 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 1,059+ views
    NRO ^ | July 21, 2004 | Catherine Seipp
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version July 21, 2004, 8:30 a.m. Where Urban Legends, the ultimate debunker. Many people have attacked Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 by now; my favorite description comes from Christopher Hitchens, who called it "a load of nauseating, boring rubbish from start to finish." But long before the familiar pundits began touring the Michael Moore media circuit, urban-legend debunkers Barbara and David Mikkelson, of the indispensable, were on the case. The husband-and-wife team are not professional folklorists. She describes herself as "just a housewife;" he's a...
  • The Florida Myth: An urban legend to fire up the base

    07/15/2004 9:22:17 AM PDT · by OESY · 51 replies · 3,028+ views
    National Review ^ | July 15, 2004 | Peter Kirsanow
    This article from October 15, 2003 was basically reprinted today in the New York Post under the title "2000 Vote Myths." It takes on a special relevance because of Kerry's false claim that one million blacks were disenfranchised in the 2000 election: * * * The Florida Myth: An urban legend to fire up the base, by Peter Kirsanow Political myths can overcome facts through sheer repetition: The New Deal ended the Depression, tax cuts caused budget deficits in the Eighties, etc. These myths serve vital partisan imperatives — especially when the policy cupboards of the partisans are bare or...
  • Homosexual Urban Legends .... The Series ...

    03/10/2004 2:28:28 PM PST · by AgThorn · 8 replies · 288+ views
    Traditional Values Coalition has launched a media effort called the “Homosexual Urban Legend Series.” This informational service is designed to provide reporters, editors, and other opinion leaders with accurate information on the relationship between homosexuality and the molestation of children. It will also expose and debunk dozens of factually inaccurate urban legends created by homosexual activist groups to promote their political and social agenda.Please share this website with others. urban legendn. An apocryphal story involving incidents of the recent past, often including elements of humor and horror, that spreads quickly and is popularly believed to be true. Source: The...

    01/05/2004 11:36:07 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 34 replies · 716+ views
    Ann ^ | 01/05/04 | Sue Bob
    THIS DIDN'T MAKE THE NEWS-It figures.</font +2> This is the text of an e-mail that has been going around--My Father sent it to me. This Didn't Make the News At Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC recently the Sergeant Major of the Army, Jack Tilley, was with a group of people visiting the wounded soldiers. He saw a Special Forces soldier who had lost his right hand and suffered severe wounds of his face and side of his body. The SMA wanted to honor him and show him respect without offending, but what can you say or do...
  • Boycott Target Stores

    12/17/2003 10:47:54 AM PST · by chambley1 · 4 replies · 253+ views
    Recently we asked the local TARGET store to be a proud sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during our spring recognition event. We received the following reply from the local TARGET management: "Veterans do not meet our area of giving. We only donate to the arts, social action groups, gay & lesbian causes, and education." So I'm thinking, if the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and veterans in general do not meet their donation criteria, then something is really wrong at this TARGET store. We were not asking for thousands of dollars, not even hundreds, just a small sponsorship for...
  • Target Smear (legend debunked)

    12/13/2003 6:47:47 AM PST · by Tiger6 · 18 replies · 373+ views
    Yesterday there was about Target Corporation, and their mistreatment of veterans and the military. I contacted Target, and below is the reply to my letter:
  • Is Snopes biased to the left? (vanity)

    01/06/2002 2:12:00 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies · 9,521+ views
    Snopes is the most prestigious of all urban legend research sites. But is it biased to the left? Some, including yours truly, believe so. However, judge for yourself.
  • Autodesk's founder reports gross errors by Limbaugh, CNN, Snopes (Remember "Columbia's Last Photo?")

    03/30/2003 12:44:05 AM PST · by Dont Mention the War · 23 replies · 1,760+ views | March 29, 2003 | John Walker
    Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 10:24:29 -0800 From: Jim Warren Subject: Autodesk's founder reports gross errors by Limbaugh, CNN, Snopes Cc: [Snopes and a whole bunch of CNN circular file email addresses; Mr. Warren doesn't seem to know the news biz very well --DMTW] [If you know John, you know him to be a most ardent stickler for facts. Here, John is not reporting hearsay; he's reporting about what's happened on his own server, and images he provides thereon. --jim] At 12:34 AM +0100 3/29/03, John Walker wrote: Subject: Sniping at Snopes.comAlmost everybody's experienced the phenomenon of encountering a description...
  • Bill Clinton - Our Greatest Con Artist

    01/29/2003 1:36:08 PM PST · by Jack T · 151 replies · 516+ views
  • Israel Won't Let Us Reform (ERUPTING VOMIT VOLCANO ALERT!)

    01/14/2003 5:37:50 PM PST · by Alouette · 13 replies · 359+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 14, 2003 | Yasser Abed Rabbo
    RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israel's most recent excuse for why it cannot negotiate peace with the Palestinians is that the Palestinians have been unable to develop a fully democratic society while living under Israeli occupation. This excuse is better known as "reform." And yet, when Palestinians are invited to go to London to further the reform process, the government of Israel prevents us from doing so.
  • The Latest Darwin Awards... or How Could They Be That Stupid ?

    11/18/2002 6:42:10 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 37 replies · 411+ views
    email from friend | ?
    I don't know if these are the absolute latest Darwin Awards, but they sure are interesting! They are finally out again. You all know about the Darwin Awards. It's an annual honor given to the person who did the gene pool the biggest service by killing themselves in the most extraordinarily stupid way. Last year's winner was the fellow who was killed by a Coke machine which toppled over on top of him as he was attempting to tip a free soda out of it. And the nominees are: 9. A young Canadian man, searching for a way of getting...
  • Bush Book Upside Down

    09/27/2002 1:14:55 PM PDT · by Gumlegs · 24 replies · 4,409+ views
    Urban Legends Website ^ | Unknown | Unknown Internet Source
    Haev you gotten this one in your e-mail? Origins: We don't yet know the provenance of this photo, such as where and when it was taken. It's a funny picture, but even if were real, it would still be just a funny picture. If it weren't a manipulated image, it could have come about because an aide handed the book to President Bush for a quick schoolroom photo opportunity, the President didn't immediately notice it was upside-down because he was looking at the student to his right, and a photographer managed to snap a picture before the error was corrected....
  • Zogby Slams Reports of Celebrating Arabs as "Urban Legends" (MAJOR BARF!)

    09/11/2002 12:21:37 PM PDT · by who knows what evil? · 189 replies · 645+ views
    NBC television | September 11, 2001 | who knows what evil?
    Did anyone happen to see the segment of 'America Remembers' featuring James Zogby and John McCain between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m.? If so, I can imagine you are as FURIOUS as I am right at the moment! Brokaw was speaking with a gentleman who had lost in wife in the World Trade Center holocaust last September 11th. He was angry with the "silence = consent" attitude of the Muslim community toward the murder of over 3,000 Amercans at this time last year. He cited a poll indicating that "90% of Muslims blame America" for creating the international climate of tension...
  • The Myth of the Flat Earth

    04/25/2002 8:40:44 PM PDT · by P-Marlowe · 27 replies · 951+ views
    U.C. Santa Barbara ^ | Prof. Jeffrey Burton Russell
    The Myth of the Flat EarthSummary by Jeffrey Burton Russell for the American Scientific Affiliation ConferenceAugust 4, 1997 at Westmont College How does investigating the myth of the flat earth help teachers of the history of science? First, as a historian, I have to admit that it tells us something about the precariousness of history. History is precarious for three reasons: the good reason that it is extraordinarily difficult to determine "what really happened" in any series of events; the bad reason that historical scholarship is often sloppy; and the appalling reason that far too much historical scholarship consists of...
  • Hunt the Boeing! (9/11 Pentagon bombing urban legend/conspiracy theory debunked)

    03/22/2002 8:36:49 AM PST · by ppaul · 32 replies · 3,055+ views ^ | 3/22/02 | David Emery
    "Hunt the Boeing!" is a provocative display of smoke and mirrors, but there's little else to recommend the site. Its authors present a fraction of the available evidence in a highly selective, distorted, titillating way, proving absolutely nothing — except, perhaps, that there's always room for another conspiracy theory. While making few explicit allegations, the authors argue, in effect, that based on photographic and physical evidence, the damage to the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 could not have been caused by a crashing jetliner, contrary to the official and overwhelmingly accepted explanation. The argument is weak. For starters, it conveniently...