Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Beware of the Horse Dog and other Urban Legends

Is that a real dog? Was the popular Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas really a coded message? Will Microsoft actually pay me for forwarding an e-mail message to all my friends?

You’ve seen these e-mails and others like them. The subject usually begins with “Fwd:” or even worse, “Fwd: Fwd: FWD.” Some attempt to appeal to our emotions with heart-warming or infuriating stories. Others are pleas for help. Many claim you will receive a reward, like cash or luck, just for forwarding the message. What they do have in common, is most of them are untrue. The internet, as well as our in-boxes, overflows with urban legends, frauds, and scams. Fortunately, there are several sites that help you separate the fact from the fiction. Here are some of the librarians' favorites.
No, the horse dog isn’t real, but this cat is:

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1 comment:

Gary Duke said...

Excellent post, Amy. Something here could definitely provide a "teachable moment" for CARB. :)