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Snopes.com: Website of the Week

Snopes.com: Website of the Week

Snopes.com – rumour has it…

How many times has someone you know come out with some ridiculous “fact” or story that is “definitely true” because they heard it (with their own ears) from the pet dog of an acquaintance’s second cousin, thrice removed?

Or what about those annoying people who keep sending you forwarded emails about how Microsoft are testing a new mail system and will pay you hundreds of dollars for each friend you forward it to. Yes – unfortunately some people are this stupid and still seem to be propagating emails like this with the “can’t hurt!!!!” attitude.

Thank god for Snopes.com. Run by a husband and wife team, this website is dedicated to detecting, dissecting and disproving myths, urban legends and old wives tales, including many travel myths such as “the purpose of the crash or brace position is to kill passengers quickly”. No it’s not.

Or that “hotel key cards contain your credit card information so dishonest hotel staff can use them to steal your details”. Yeah Right.

So next time an extremely dubious sounding story pops into your inbox, head over to Snopes.com to investigate, before you hit forward.

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