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2008-03-05 10:38:36 AM  
Somebody was all hopped up on the Q?

/No...no, I'll play kickball tomorrow...tomorrow!
 
2008-03-05 10:39:52 AM  
The only cure for Strawberry Qwik is massive amounts of Dihydrogen Monoxide
 
2008-03-05 10:41:08 AM  
the blurst of times: This officer was probably so high on Jenkem he didn't know what was going on.

Win!
 
2008-03-05 10:41:46 AM  
Guysmiley: lilygirl: Russ1642: A girl that works in my office tried to stop me from microwaving a mug of water for my tea. She got an email that said that water becomes radioactive in there or some such nonsense. I didn't bother to email her the Snopes url, I printed it out and left it on top of her keyboard.

How do these people get through the day?!

There is a grain of truth to that one. If you microwave distilled water or tap water that has been sitting out for days in a container with no nucleation points (i.e. very, very smooth surface), it is possible to superheat it well past the boiling point without it boiling.

If you heat it for way too long, it will be hot as hell and the second you put something in (a spoon for example), it can actually explode out of the container.

http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/superheating.html

But yeah, radioactive? Needs some sense slapped into her.


Yes, and it has happened to me. The second I grabbed the mug (for tea) the water violently boiled. I can see someone getting burned, but that's what will happen if you over heat stuff, it gets really hot.
 
2008-03-05 10:42:34 AM  
The biatch about these stupid people and their internet hoaxes is when something real gets out, like the one where they have pictures of some missing kid, it looks like another hoax and people delete it too, even though snopes says it's real..
 
2008-03-05 10:42:43 AM  
I hate those stupid e-mails...I just got one claiming I shouldn't open it because of some new virus...yeah right. Most of these viruses asdlkjwqasd ;klj92 u j1991u9 j -9192 23j9u1j ijf fj
sai1%&132 asdfj 1`0i4219i 4kkj213jr ij23irj23r 32ur9u2390u92
 
2008-03-05 10:42:56 AM  
Strawberry Jenkem???
 
2008-03-05 10:42:59 AM  
Guysmiley: lilygirl: Russ1642: A girl that works in my office tried to stop me from microwaving a mug of water for my tea. She got an email that said that water becomes radioactive in there or some such nonsense. I didn't bother to email her the Snopes url, I printed it out and left it on top of her keyboard.

How do these people get through the day?!

There is a grain of truth to that one. If you microwave distilled water or tap water that has been sitting out for days in a container with no nucleation points (i.e. very, very smooth surface), it is possible to superheat it well past the boiling point without it boiling.

If you heat it for way too long, it will be hot as hell and the second you put something in (a spoon for example), it can actually explode out of the container.

http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/superheating.html

But yeah, radioactive? Needs some sense slapped into her.


Superheating water in a mug is pretty easy to do. I can do it every time I nuke water. Everyone knows about this one, just like not sticking your face an inch above microwave popcorn when you open the bag. But this girl was convinced by some random-ass email that the water became poisonous and would kill plants and that the 'micro waves' were stuck in the water and blah blah blah. I was shocked and even though it was rude I laughed out loud and said it was by far the most ridiculous thing anyone had told me. She was embarrased and explained that it was true - it was on the internet! So people, Snopes is the one fast place to turn to when you feel like smacking someone upside the head without getting fired.
 
2008-03-05 10:43:55 AM  
Sue D. Nymme: From TFA: "The myth of Strawberry Meth is believed to have originated in America, which has been circulating on the Internet in the UK for months."

America sure does get around.


I came in here to say this. Thanks.
 
2008-03-05 10:43:55 AM  
The worst one I recieved was the whole "OBAMA IS TEH MUSLEM INSIDIR!!!!11!" email. My father sent it to about 40 people. I had to reply all with the debunk. There's nothing worse than a political hatchet job email.
/not an Obama supporter
//doesn't enjoy any candidate...
 
2008-03-05 10:44:14 AM  
nkanofolives: So as a child the only thing that I wrongly gleaned from DARE was that drugs are bad, dealers are on every corner waiting to hand piles of drugs out to you, and if you are black, you are predisposed to a drug addiction.

i looked all over snopes for that one. couldn't find it. so, just to be safe, i'm forwarding your message to all my contacts.
 
2008-03-05 10:46:11 AM  
RE Pocket Ninja 2008-03-05 07:44:30 AM
"I never reply all to anything, but I did this time and composed an email that contained only a link to the relevant Snopes article and the line "this took five seconds to find." Now she doesn't include me on those group emails anymore."

I've Snoped a few people before, and it worked just like this. No more dumbass e-mails about the terrible, ever-present threat of men hiding in your car's backseat for hours just waiting for you to come back from the mall so they can attack you.

The thing about the idiot forwarded e-mails is most of them are such obvious bullshiat, I have to wonder about the mental abilities of the people who believe them. You don't need Snopes to figure out that there probably isn't a gang of kidney-stealing women luring horny men to their doom. Nor are children's coats in stores filled with baby snakes. If any of this shiat really happened, you'd know someone it happened to, but you don't.
 
2008-03-05 10:46:24 AM  
jerry2a: I hate those stupid e-mails...I just got one claiming I shouldn't open it because of some new virus...yeah right. Most of these viruses asdlkjwqasd ;klj92 u j1991u9 j -9192 23j9u1j ijf fj
sai1%&132 asdfj 1`0i4219i 4kkj213jr ij23irj23r 32ur9u2390u92


I lollied.
 
2008-03-05 10:47:38 AM  
How come everytime I go to Snopes I also get pop-up windows...?
 
2008-03-05 10:49:41 AM  
http://www.theonion.com/content/news/e_mail_from_aunt_accidentally
 
2008-03-05 10:50:57 AM  
Sarcasm Incarnate: You cynical people can go on and on about how this stuff is fake all you want, but I just got $20 Million dumped in my bank account by a Nigerian prince so the joke's on you SUCKAS!!

WIN!
Too Funny
 
2008-03-05 10:58:01 AM  
I'm going to get a totalfark subscription as soon as Bill Gates sends me that check. You know, the money he gives everybody for forewording that email that he made that "beta tests" how email is circulated.
 
2008-03-05 10:58:14 AM  
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/strawberry-meth.htm

Hmmmm . . .
 
2008-03-05 10:58:22 AM  
Loonytoad quack?
 
2008-03-05 10:58:41 AM  
Egalitarian: Kar98
Egalitarian: Has anyone busted Snopes for inaccuracies or flat-out lying?

This one (new window) is plain bullshiat on the part of Snopes. I was there, I saw it, I watched it happening.

You should contact them then, they might update the page. Any researcher is going to use the information available to them.


fark that. I already had the local NAACP and a black city commissionerette on my ass for my work at the civic center/refugee shelter.
 
2008-03-05 10:59:13 AM  
Tentacle: That container looks like it might have a bit of botulism going on......
 
2008-03-05 11:01:52 AM  
I have found that some people get quite pissy when you link to Snopes in response to one of those stupid emails.
 
2008-03-05 11:02:59 AM  
kimwim: my favorite:

This is definitely getting forwarded. My idiot relatives need something to pray about.
 
2008-03-05 11:04:08 AM  
Thurg: I have found that some people get quite pissy when you link to Snopes in response to one of those stupid emails.

When I link back to Snopes I tell the offending party that "passing this kind of stuff around makes you look racist, ignorant, and old."
And it's always the "old" part that makes them mad.

/sad
 
2008-03-05 11:04:12 AM  
Love the mentioning snopes makes you a moron. I gotta think with the massive volume of stuff in there, there might be one or two things wrong. But really there's a ton of undetermined labels so I think they do try and get it right.

As far as the post dealing with contradictory eye witness accounts, good luck with that. Like the reply said, send them your account, maybe they update and include it if they feel you're credible.

I was actually curious because I've heard other people tell me snopes wasn't accurate but never provided an example, which there are a few here. I have read everyone of their posts over the years and I never concluded anything was a flat out lie. It's also funny because those same people were major right wing goosesteppers so I thought mabye snopes didn't hate Gore or Hillary enough for their tastes. But otheres hear think the commentary is too conservative? Really. Overall it's an entertaining site which I wish my glurgerrific sister would read before getting another forward from her.

But OK snopes isn't perfect. But you can't deny they have helped bust a ton of mythes and legends, just not all. And they do have a lot of experience with legends and the reasons they come about.

Motives are important Larry
/obscure?
//not on Fark
 
2008-03-05 11:04:50 AM  
Thurg: I have found that some people get quite pissy when you link to Snopes in response to one of those stupid emails.

Even stupid people don't like being told they are stupid.

Thankfully, the group I work with only forwards Fark and /. links...

/Unsure if that's better or worse..
 
2008-03-05 11:08:11 AM  
the *person* that sent me the email this morning (mass mail... sheesh.... I can see everybody she sent it too... and yeah, people pretty high up in authority around these here parts) mass forwards everything without checking it *first*..
I'm so going to send her the link for snopes... before she does this again....
And its the large bold type in her main headline that really kicks it for me......

*sigh* people don't look at the internet like we farkers do, do they?
 
2008-03-05 11:09:02 AM  
Kar98: Egalitarian: Has anyone busted Snopes for inaccuracies or flat-out lying?

This one (new window) is plain bullshiat on the part of Snopes. I was there, I saw it, I watched it happening.


I'll bet you did.
 
2008-03-05 11:10:30 AM  
Guysmiley: If you microwave distilled water or tap water that has been sitting out for days in a container with no nucleation points (i.e. very, very smooth surface), it is possible to superheat it well past the boiling point without it boiling.

this happens all the time!

Unless you have to draw the water from the tap or pour the water from the storage bottle to the single serving size microwave container moments before microwaving it.

I use a wind up spring loaded ratching device (micro-go-round) to slowly rotate the containers for more even heating, and it happens to move in a non-smooth fashion that imparts tiny waves in water or other low viscosity fluids. If your microwave oven has a built-in turntable it might move more smoothly than my wind-up unit, but probably enough to keep the water "busy" enough to prevent superheating.

Also, learn how much time to use. 8oz water does not need to be microwaved for 45 minutes.
 
2008-03-05 11:11:16 AM  
img.metro.co.uk

is high on Jenkum
 
2008-03-05 11:12:01 AM  
If you tell a child "there is a drug that makes you feel funny, and lots of people do it, but you're not supposed to do it...it's bad for you" The child will become curious about that "funny feeling" and go seek out the drug and try it.

You wonder why younger and younger children are using drugs? It's because of DARE telling them the drugs are out there.
 
2008-03-05 11:12:36 AM  
Police providing inaccurate "information" about drugs?

I'm shocked.
 
2008-03-05 11:15:26 AM  
My mother-in-law is an uber Patriot and forwards anything that she thinks bashes the USA. It's always 'DONT BUY ANYTHING FROM STARBUCKS THEY HATE TEH TROOPS' or TARGET IS FRNENCH, BOYCOTT THEM, THEY HATE TEH USA' or some other innocent store getting picked up for some made up shiat.. It's not like she stops and thinks how stupid these claims are.

And the worst thing: all her friends that she sends this pish to read them and then stop shopping at whatever store is being 'unpatriotic'
 
2008-03-05 11:16:05 AM  
Rule #1 Cops are idiots
Rule #2 Cops lie
Rule #3 Cops are crooks.

//rinse 'n repeat.
 
2008-03-05 11:16:10 AM  
Did you know that Strawberry Meth is the secret ingredient in the Waldorf-Astoria's secret Red Velvet Cake recipe? It's true! Once I ate there and their cake was so delicious I asked for the recipe. They gave it to me, but charged me $300! So now I'm telling everyone their secret ingredient for free to "get back at them."
 
2008-03-05 11:19:31 AM  
dj_bigbird: I have an idea for a virus: If a person clicks on the "forward" button in Outlook (or Outlook Express), their entire hard drive is deleted and the computer bursts into flames.

Can we add a cockpunch too please.

/Hates the spam
 
2008-03-05 11:20:00 AM  
1derful: But the main thing is that Snopes is a secondary source. Most of what they do is actually cite the primary sources of something when they debunk a myth.

Saying stuff like "according to Snopes", particulary when you're a journalist makes you look like a moron.


As someone who is tired of getting crap forwards, though, it is perfect.

Option 1: Get a forwarded message. Dig through the facts and compare sources, hunt down the parties mentioned to get their account, check various news outlets for coverage. Get back to the person who sent you the e-mail and report on what you've found. Quit your job to do this repeatedly, as you quickly become the expert on such things to all of your friends.

Option 2: Ignore the message and allow the person to continue spreading garbage.

Option 3: Use Snopes or a comparable site, as they are reputable and they make pretty good money following through on option 1.

/ Not a journalist though.
 
2008-03-05 11:20:57 AM  
This is an age thing. Where I used to work you only got idiotic forwarded emails from the over 40 crowd. The under 30 crowd spent most of our days rolling our eyes as we scanned our inboxes.
 
2008-03-05 11:22:41 AM  
As to DARE:

From back in my masters days DARE was the best anti-drug program to talk about, because, it was the most effective: It was the only program to show with statistical significance that it promoted drug use in areas which had DARE. They actually beat the .05 alpha, nice right?

You're better off hammering the importance of rehab, decriminalizing it, or focusing on - and this might be shocking, the realistic down sides for children of that age to do drugs. (Without getting into specifics). IE; Gets you kicked off of sports, stunts your growth, etc. Might sound old fashioned....

Hell, do nothing. Literally ignoring the problem is better than using DARE.

/Seriously...
//Look it up, I'm lazy.
 
2008-03-05 11:23:28 AM  
My sister has forwarded the same debunked email multiple times. Each time someone sends her the snopes link (it's the one about U of Kentucky forbidding discussion of the Holocaust). She's gotten it from the same guy each time (a rabid right wing loony). Then she apologizes, and *still* sends stuff on without doing two minutes of fact-checking.

So, I automatically delete all her email unless it's a reply to something I sent her. I've been doing it for months and only once missed email it might have been nice to see (another sibling told me it was a funny joke).

There are a lot of people who believe that the *feeling* of certainty is all you really need to determine that a statement is true and accurate.
 
2008-03-05 11:23:32 AM  
slowhand123: Love the mentioning snopes makes you a moron. I gotta think with the massive volume of stuff in there, there might be one or two things wrong. But really there's a ton of undetermined labels so I think they do try and get it right.

As far as the post dealing with contradictory eye witness accounts, good luck with that. Like the reply said, send them your account, maybe they update and include it if they feel you're credible.

I was actually curious because I've heard other people tell me snopes wasn't accurate but never provided an example, which there are a few here. I have read everyone of their posts over the years and I never concluded anything was a flat out lie. It's also funny because those same people were major right wing goosesteppers so I thought mabye snopes didn't hate Gore or Hillary enough for their tastes. But otheres hear think the commentary is too conservative? Really. Overall it's an entertaining site which I wish my glurgerrific sister would read before getting another forward from her.

But OK snopes isn't perfect. But you can't deny they have helped bust a ton of mythes and legends, just not all. And they do have a lot of experience with legends and the reasons they come about.

Motives are important Larry
/obscure?
//not on Fark


I once sent a guy a Snopes account concerning a post he made about how some network was trying to bury a show because the star was black. A quick snopes search plus browsing the network in question's site (which had the show plastered all over the site in ads) proved him absolutely wrong. His response?

"Absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence."

No, motherfarker, but evidence to the contrary pretty much farks your accusation, yes?
 
2008-03-05 11:25:28 AM  
Kar98: Egalitarian: Has anyone busted Snopes for inaccuracies or flat-out lying?

This one (new window) is plain bullshiat on the part of Snopes. I was there, I saw it, I watched it happening.


Without considering the accuracy of the claims either way, this article is a good example of why blind trust, especially for stuff on the Internet, is blind stupidity.

I like Snopes as much as the next guy (btw, they purposely spread an urban legend of their own once to see if readers would check the listed sources themselves--many didn't, because it spread like wildfire), but their research can be lacking and/or overstated. If you're not always on the lookout but just look to the "FALSE" heading all the time and post the link and say, "Well, there ya go! Snopes said so!" then you're in danger of looking as bad as Pocket Ninja's office ditz.

In the article Kar98 linked, they take an email from an official source that neither confirms nor denies the purported incidents and an email from a Snopes reader as compelling evidence that the story is untrue. Sure, it has all the signs of either a stretch of the truth or an outright hoax (including the unnecessary racial comments), but it also has details that were indeed true (the time, place, players involved, etc.). They seem all too eager to debunk it.

The worst part is where they say "But the final nail in this rumor's coffin" was the account of the person in charge that day. Maybe this individual's experience differed from the e-mail account, but that doesn't mean they are mutually exclusive. The original e-mail might have been a microcosm of what actually happened, but that doesn't mean it didn't. The only thing that could be conclusively debunked was that everyone didn't act like that, and everyone didn't have the same experience.

Snopes is too ready to stick a TRUE/FALSE on things sometimes. That INCONCLUSIVE label is not used as much anymore, it seems.

Caveat cyberemptor.
 
2008-03-05 11:26:11 AM  
img20.imageshack.us

Unavailable for comment
 
2008-03-05 11:26:49 AM  
Scaryduck: Beat me to it. My Shatner's Bassoon needs its Cake fix.

No cake, but I can get you some clarky cat or yellow bentines.
 
2008-03-05 11:27:20 AM  
ga362: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/strawberry-meth.htm

Hmmmm . . .


Yeah, I'm not to sure I would rely on that site more than snopes, to be honest. I would like to call shenanigans.
 
2008-03-05 11:27:57 AM  
I support the destruction of the the "Reply to All" button.

It should never have been invented.
 
2008-03-05 11:29:41 AM  
The myth of Strawberry Meth is believed to have originated in America, which has been circulating on the Internet in the UK for months

You mean you guys have a separate intertubes from us?
 
2008-03-05 11:31:17 AM  
OnlyM3: Rule #1 Cops are idiots
Rule #2 Cops lie
Rule #3 Cops are crooks.

//rinse 'n repeat.


Come on, man. Isn't it a little extreme to characterize every cop like that? The dead ones aren't so bad.
 
2008-03-05 11:33:05 AM  
I guess all these reports were wrong too?

DEA: Flavored meth use on the rise
Link (new window)

Video Report
Link (new window)

Candy-Flavored Meth Targets New Users
Link (new window)

Drug dealers' gimmicks target kids
Link (new window)
 
2008-03-05 11:33:29 AM  
Qualifying (backpedaling a bit) what I wrote. Snopes is usually an excellent source. I've used them literally hundreds of times, and I've tried to check their sources as much as possible before relying on them, but they are credible enough where they've pretty much become the primary source.

Still, the whole point of Snopes is to be skeptical. Not just about the stuff they debunk, but about Snopes themselves. And everything. Don't take anything at face value.

Sincerely,
A random person you should never trust

/everything I tell you is a lie
 
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