E-mail Facts of Life
"Read & Heed."  "Funny, but true!"  "Kinda blunt and sarcastic...but true!"

1. Big companies don't do business via chain letter. 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. You can relax; there is no need to pass it on "just in case it's true." Furthermore, just because someone said in the message, four generations back, that "we checked it out and it's legit," does not actually make it true.

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 insistent on believing the kidney-theft ring stories, please see: http://urbanlegends.tqn.com/library/weekly/aa062997.htm
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.

3. Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $200 cookie recipe. And even if they do, we all have it. And even if you don't, you can get a copy at: http://www.bl.net/forwards/cookie.html  Then, if you make the recipe, decide the cookies are that awesome, feel free to pass the recipe on. (But I hear they stink.)  [Added by Bethany: Hey!  That's not true!  I have actually tasted the cookies, and they are absolutely de-licious! :-) ]

4. Even 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 an AOL chain-letter?

5. There is no "Good Times" virus, no "Win a Free Vacation virus, and no "Urgent, read me" virus In fact, you should never, ever, ever forward any email containing any virus warning unless you first confirm it at an actual site of an actual company that actually deals with virii.  Try: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html  And even then, don't forward it. We don't care.

6. If you're using Outlook, IE, or Netscape to write email, turn off "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.

7. If you forward that 10th-generation message from a friend, 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. Besides, if it has gone around that many times, we've probably already seen it.

8. Craig Shergold 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 also no longer a "little boy" either.

9. The American Cancer Society is not giving money away to a 5 year old with lukemia if she can get 30,000 people to forward an email message. Nor is the American Medical Association or any other organization of that kind.

10. If you are going to send out an email to every person that you know or half of the planet, use Blind Copy [also called Blank Carbon Copy or BCC], if you have it. That way the people receiving it do not have to wade through 7-8 lines of To: and CC: . This also cuts down on everyone's email addresses being broadcasted to the entire nation, especially if it's a forward and the next person doesn't follow Rule #7.

11. [Added by Rachael] The Janet Reno quote concerning cults is also a hoax. And those chain letters that tell you you'll have bad luck if you don't pass them on?  FORGET IT.  Your life is in God's hands, not some stupid e-mail's!

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