If Gossiping Use Snopes
My wife has a large number of relatives and friends that are from the far, far right or the far, far left. (My friends and kids are far, but not that far.) What both extreme groups have in common is the sending of e-mail stories that give facts and statistics supportive of their view-point from the outer limits (that was a great TV series).
I don’t mind getting the e-mails. I often send the extreme views of one group to the other. Makes for my getting some interesting responses.
What both groups have in common is the lack of reality, and the inability to check their facts. A friend (thanks Rebecca) pointed that out when I was forwarding some nasty comments about Hanoi Jane Fonda whom I detest and still do. The nasty comments were worse than the horrid reality. I was advised to check out www.snopes.com or similar websites. The urban legends website checks out the facts of the internet circulated e-mails of anyone including the far, far right and the far, far left.
So by checking out www.snopes.com I still detest Hanoi Jane; love Ann Margaret; like Warren Buffett still despite the fact he did not say the things credited to him; and I am okay with Lee Marvin not winning the Navy Cross–he did serve in the navy in WWII and was wounded in battle; and Congress is covered by the social security system and a lot of other benefits but then any benefits for them is wasted money given their performance of the last few years. (Both far right and far left agree on that one.)
Next time you get an interesting e-mail regarding congressional benefits, Area 51, Buffett’s amendment to the constitution, signing a petition, Rock Hudson’s war record, the birth place of the president, Walt Disney’s body being frozen, then go visit www.snopes.com or another urban legend website.