MANY people need to pay attention to this!

Whoever decided to create this note should receive some type of humanitarian award. It says it all!
This is an old post from 2004, but much of it is still relevent. As with other old posts this now should be read regarding sharing things to forward or clicking on in FaceBook, Instagram and other social media places.

Number 1:
Big companies don't do business via chain letters.
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.
Proctor and Gamble is not part of a satanic cult or scheme, and its logo is not satanic.
MTV will not give you backstage passes if you forward something to the most people.
The Gap is not giving away free clothes.
You can relax; there is no need to pass it on "just in case it's true."


Number 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.
If you are hell-bent on believing the kidney-theft ring stories, see:
And I quote:
"The National Kidney Foundation has repeatedly issued requests for actual victims of organ thieves to come forward and tell their stories."
None have.
That's "none" as in "zero."
Not even your friend's cousin.

Number 3:
Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $250 cookie recipe.
And even if they do, we all have it.
And even if you don't, you can get a copy at:
Then, if you make the recipe, decide the cookies are that awesome, feel free to pass the recipe on.
And here's a place where you can read more about it.

Number 4:
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 Facebook or Twitter or Instagram?

Number 5:
There is no "Good Times" virus.
In fact, you should never, ever, ever forward any email containing any virus warning unless you first confirm that an actual site of an actual company that actually deals with viruses.
Changed Nov. 2017: You could have tried: But it no longer works. You probably get lots of emails and messages these days about viruses. Just get a good anti-virus software and don't click on anything you are doubtful of, particularly if Facebook or anything asks to use your account information, you could get a virus that way. Be careful.
And even then, don't forward ANYTHING. We don't care.

Number 6:
There is no gang initiation plot to murder any motorist who flashes headlights at another car driving at night without lights.

Number 7:
If you're using Outlook, IE, 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.
Added Nov. 26, 2017: Honestly, I don't even know what this means any more. I'll leave it here anyway.

Number 8:
If you still absolutely MUST forward that 10th-generation message from 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 ">>>" that begin each line either.
Besides, if it has gone around that many times we've probably already seen it.
Added Nov. 26, 2017: Don't keep sharing the same stuff over and over again on Facebook. Everybody has already seen that stuff.

Number 9:
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 no longer a "little boy" either.

Number 10:
The "Make a Wish" 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. Just send them money if you want to.

Number 11:
If you are one of those insufferable idiots who forwards anything that "promises" something bad will happen if you "don't," -- then something bad will happen to you if I ever meet you in a dark alley.

Number 12:
Women really are suffering in Afghanistan, but forwarding an e-mail won't help their 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.

Number 13:
As a general rule, e-mail "signatures" are easily faked and mean nothing to anyone with any power to do anything about whatever the competition is complaining about.

Number 14:
KFC really does use real Chickens, with feathers and beaks and feet.
No, they really do.
Why did they change their name?
In this health conscious world, what was KFC's name?
Kentucky FRIED Chicken.
FRIED is not healthy.
So with the help of a focus group, they changed the name to KFC.
It's short, that doesn't offend dieters and it's easy to remember.

Number 15:
Another thing, just because someone said in a message, four generations back, that "we checked it out and it's legit," does not actually make it true.
PS: There is no bill pending before Congress that will allow long distance companies to charge you for using the Internet.

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

Now forward this page to everyone you know or the program I just put on your hard drive while you read this E-mail will open up your CD-ROM and reach out and slap you upside the head!
Added Nov. 26, 2017. I know, most devices don't even have CD-ROM or DVD-ROMs these day. But I'm going to leave this here too!


Added May 17, 2003; Updated November 26, 2017

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