snopes.com is your friend

funny graphs and charts
(It really bugs me that there is an “e” missing in “absolut[e]ly”. It almost spoils the funniness. Almost.)

I never get email forwards at work anymore.

I used to get several a day. “OMFSM!!1! Don’t use pancake mix or u will die from the moldz!!!!!1” “This poem was written by a 9-year-old girl with cancer!! Forward this email and Bill Gates and a Nigerian prince will donate $1 to her for every person you send it to!!!!1!1” I still find it impossible to understand why people keep sending these. Do they actually believe them? How can anyone that gullible still be alive?

At first I tried to ignore them, but the stupidity was so maddening that I started answering. I answered every single one. Several times a day, I would hit my trusty “Reply to All” button—no, I don’t care that you sent it to half your family; I’ll point your stupidity out to them, too—and explain exactly why whatever you forwarded was highly unlikely, or impossible, and just plain idiotic. In a nice way.

Slowly, the emails stopped, and now my inbox is 100% free of teh stoopid.

I guess these chainmail-perpetuators are just in it for the thrill of hitting the forward button. They don’t really care what the email says or whether or not it’s true. Or maybe they are just superstitious enough to not want to take the chance—however slim or obviously nonexistant—that they will die from pancake mix mold.

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