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- Boycott the Big Oil Companies to Bring Down Gas Prices?
published on June 08, 2008 01:00:00 am
This decade-old missive just won't die. Despite numerous experts and casual observers pointing out its futility, it continues to circulate with zeal, picking up new false attributions along the way.
- As if 3.99 a Gallon Wasn't Scary Enough
published on June 08, 2008 12:30:00 am
It's bad enough you can go broke filling your gas tank, but this chain letter intimates that you could die from the experience, too!
- An Old Virus Hoax Gets a Minor Facelift with "Postcard"
published on April 16, 2008 07:00:00 am
An old formula that has been re-worked numerous times over the past decade or so is back, this time warning to beware of electronic postcards from friends.
- Petition to Stop the Petition to Stop Religious Broadcasting?
published on April 16, 2008 06:30:00 am
A perennial favorite has acquired some new preambles making it look new and current, despite being one of the oldest pieces of armchair activism in my collection.
- CA-125 Test for Ovarian Cancer
published on January 20, 2008 11:00:00 pm
The medical community, concerned with the undeserved longevity of this popular health warning have fired back with their own anti-chain letter.
- Thieves Stealing Gift Card Information?
published on December 08, 2007 08:30:00 pm
As holiday gift-buying season hits its stride, I revisit a warning that originated last year that claims thieves are lying in waiting for you to activate gift cards for which they hold the key.
- Send Christmas Cards to "Any Wounded Soldier"?
published on December 08, 2007 07:30:00 pm
In response to a popular but uninformed chain letter, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center has created a legitimate way you can send greetings to wounded soldiers.
- Merry Christmas Virus
published on December 06, 2007 07:20:00 am
The "Olympic Torch" virus warning (a.k.a. "an Internet card for you," "WTC Survivor") is given an update just in time to make folks paranoid about opening electronic Christmas cards.
- A Giant Tree in China
published on November 29, 2007 08:30:00 am
Once again, Hollywood trickery is being represented as real - this time we're led to believe that a magnificent carved tree can be found in the wilds of China.
- Joe Arpaio v. Mike Tyson
published on November 22, 2007 09:30:00 am
The self-styled toughest sheriff in America further justified the title this week by placing none other than boxer Mike Tyson in his famed tent city jail, complete with pink undergarments.
- Dangerous Levels of Lead in Lipstick?
published on November 17, 2007 10:00:00 pm
Research recently released by a coalition of consumer advocates may be fanning the flames of a four-year-old e-rumor about a hidden danger in cosmetics.
- Citgo, Petro Express and Hugo Chavez
published on November 15, 2007 08:00:00 am
A follow-up to last year's popular boycott call claims some success by suggesting that Citgo is trying to head off the American consumer by changing its name.
- Progesterex: The Latest Date Rape Drug
published on November 10, 2007 10:00:00 pm
A personal self-defense expert counters this old bit of e-mail lore with some sound advice to prevent date rape.
- Barack Obama Fails to Salute the Flag?
published on November 10, 2007 09:30:00 pm
A well-timed photograph can tell virtually any story you want it to, so does this one truly show a presidential candidate's disregard for tradition and protocol?
- Voting Rights Act Reauthorization Blows Rumor out of the Water
published on November 07, 2007 08:30:00 am
We can only hope that recent reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act will put an end to the circulation of this alarmist rumor that certain Americans' rights to vote will soon be revoked.
- Muslim Stamp Boycott Returns
published on November 05, 2007 06:30:00 am
Hot on the heels of the latest reissue of a controversial (at least in e-mail circles) muslim stamp is the return to prominence of the chain letter calling for 'patriotic' Americans to boycott it.