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Avoid Email Myths

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Email Myths

This message was sent to the KPLUG mailing list, 1999

 E-MAIL MYTHS - - - Fourteen things EVERYONE should Know!

 1. Big companies don't do business via chain letter. 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. MTV will
    not give you backstage passes if you forward something to the most
    people. You can relax; there is no need to pass it on "just in case
    it's true." How were they going to mail the check, voucher or coupons
    anyway?! Furthermore, just because someone said in the 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.

 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: 
    <a href=""></a>  Then, if you make the recipe 
    and decide the cookies are that awesome, feel free to pass the recipe on.

 4. We all know all 500 ways to drive your roommates crazy, irritate
    coworkers, gross out bathroom stall neighbors and creep out people on
    an elevator. We also know exactly how many engineers, college students,
    Usenet posters and people from each and every world ethnicity it takes
    change a light bulb.

 5. 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?

 6. There is no &quot;Good Times&quot; virus. In fact, you should never, ever,
    ever forward any email containing any virus warning unless you first
    confirm it at an actual site of an actual company that actually deals
    with viruses.  Try: <a href=""></a> 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!

 7. If your CC: list is regularly longer than the actual content of your
    message, you're probably going to Hell.

 8. If you're using Outlook, I.E., 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.

 9. If you still absolutely MUST forward something to 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 &quot;&quot; (or the &gt;&gt;) that begin each line. Besides,
    if it has gone around that many times-we've probably already seen it.

 10. 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 also no
     longer a little boy either.

 11. The &quot;Make a Wish&quot; 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.

 12. If you are one of those insufferable idiots who forwards anything
     that promises &quot;something bad will happen if you don't,&quot; then something
     bad will happen to you if I ever meet you in a dark alley.
     Also, if you are one of those friends of the friendless who send on
     gushy friendship poems with a guilt trip at the end to send this to all your
     friends and if it comes back to you...blah blah blah. A friend is someone
     who calls you personally and tells you how much you mean to them...not
     through a mass spamming of intimate rhymes.

 13. 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 email 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.

 14. Febreeze does not kill or maim animals. Check with your local vet
     if in doubt. As a general rule, email &quot;signatures&quot; are easily faked
     and mean nothing to anyone with any power to do anything about whatever
     the petition is complaining about.

     P.S. There is no bill pending before Congress that will allow
     long distance companies to charge you for long distance when using the

     Bottom Line ... composing Email or posting something on the Net is as
     easy as writing on the walls of a public restroom. Don't automatically
     believe unless it's proven true...ASSUME it's false, unless there is
     proof that it's true.

     Got it? Good.

     Now, forward this message to ten friends and you will win the
     Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes.