People, It’s 2012. Stop Falling For Internet Hoaxes.
I recently turned another year older. As I barrel headlong into being a grouchy, old curmudgeon, I want to point out something that bugs me to no end:
YOU PEOPLE ARE WAY TOO GULLIBLE!
And when I say YOU PEOPLE, I mean you people that will believe anything that is sent to your inbox or is posted on Facebook or Twitter.
For example,you get sent an email that informs you about some restaurant chain that is not serving veterans and your first response is “Well how dare they! I will boycott these dastardly, un-American pigs!”
You then feel the need to share your righteous anger with the rest of the world via e-mail or a social network of your choosing.
Stop it. Seriously. Take a breath and pump the brakes a little bit, Sparky.
Just because your momma, or some other trusted soul, sent you this e-mail does not make it so.
Commit this website to memory kids: www.snopes.com
Snopes has a pretty good track record at exposing Internet hoaxes, scams and photo-shopped pictures of Elvis working as an oil changer at Jiffy Lube.
What about Wikipedia you say? Be careful. Almost anyone can post anything on Wikipedia. You might even think Abraham Lincoln went around dispatching the un-dead in his spare time if you catch Wikipedia at the right moment after some joker updates Mr. Lincoln’s entry.
And this stuff is nothing new. I remember in the 70′s and 80′s there was a scam that used to be photocopied and passed around about how the Procter & Gamble Company was a super-duper, undercover Satanist organization, and every time you bought a tube of Crest toothpaste you were funding the devil.
We just got faster at spreading the lies.
Snopes.com. Use it.