Before you send that chain mail that just arrived in your inbox, check that its true. So many chainmails are thoughtlessly sent out into the world to waste bandwidth, all because one person didnt think to check if it was true or not.

Usually I get them with a line like “I wasnt sure if this is true, but thought you should know”. If you didnt know it was true, what stopped you from Googling it? Surely one cannot be too lazy on the internet?? I didnt think that was even possible.

Dont get me wrong, I find some chain mails interesting, but it bugs me that people dont want to educate themselves regarding the truth. I guess its easier to stay dumb and press send, than to actually source the chainmail and educate themselves a little (even if they send it out afterwards – as some are worthwhile knowing – at least they know what they’re sending out).

The following sites are for checking the truth on chainmails, in particular:

Snopes.com (this is the one I use)
Truth or Fiction
Hoax-Slayer

On a side note, my Gizmo went in to the vet this morning to get some tests run on the various lumps and bumps she’s grown over the past year or so, and I miss her so much. Its horrible to watch the vet lead your baby away and to watch them go wrenches one’s heart like you cannot imagine. Even though I’ll have her back this afternoon, its still heartbreaking to think of her in the cage, all alone, and on such a cold day too! At least she has her blankie…

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4 thoughts on “Before you send…

  • June 23, 2009 at 2:10 pm
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    Ugh, I hate chain mail, I usually just glance at them and then ignore. I hope Gizmo will be ok! Sending lots of good vibes your way! 🙂

  • June 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm
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    Thanks 🙂 And glad I’m not alone! Most of the results came back (as you know from FB) and they’re benign (still not sure if I’m spelling that correctly), but waiting on results for two moles lol hopefully they’ll be fine too! Thanks for the good vibes, we needed them today!

  • June 24, 2009 at 12:14 pm
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    Your best post ever!!! I copied it to a girl in the office who still thinks it is fun to send the crap on. She now agrees with you that it is not a good thing. Just today we got an e-mail about a child with cancer and to cut a long story short I challenged her to e-mail the address given as the source, with a delivery receipt turned on. She is now convinced coz the mail came back undelivered “unknown address”.

    My friend Kenny and I have been fighting this battle at Aberdare for years now and slowly but surely we are getting people to think before they send.

    Skepticism is a necessary tool in this world filled with charlatans.

  • June 24, 2009 at 1:44 pm
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    Lol yay I’m conquoring the world one emailer at a time 😛

    Nah, seriously, glad I could help 🙂 My aunt ALWAYS sends these things on, and I keep telling her about snopes.com and she never checks. The most common one I get is about the SPCA closing down, which is not true (though it doesnt harm to be aware of the SPCA by receiving the email anyway).

    Its no so much as even being skeptical about the chainmails, but one just looks so stupid sending something and basically admitting you didnt bother to check its authenticity. Thats pure laziness and it grates me! Even if one didnt know about Snopes, one could always Google the chainmail.

    Sigh!

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