You were wrong, though. It's cyclic and recurs every 6, 5, 6, and 11 years alternately. In July 2005 there were five Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
A history teacher told us that the word "picnic" came from "pick a nigger". Apparently this etymology is thrown around on the internet. I thought it sounded fishy (I was pretty sure it came from a French word) but didn't say anything at the time because I wasn't sure. That night I went home and looked it up in a dictionary then online in a few places until I was basically positive.
The next day I raised my hand and said that I had looked it up and explained why I was pretty sure it was wrong. The teacher did not argue with me and basically responded she was sorry she gave us incorrect information, it just goes to show you you can't trust everything you hear, even if it is from an authority figure. I thought that was an excellent way to handle that, even if she was credulous enough to believe it in the first place.
Umm, some of those "facts" are incorrect. The titanic had a steel hull, not zinc, although the steel was brittle, as metallurgical tests have shown. Further, the titanic sent both the still-common distress call CQD as well as the new SOS, which had been around for about three years. The ship which saw flares and did not respond was the SS Californian, who mistook the distress flares for identification flares (not fireworks) and never woke their radio operator.
This does look suspicious... but this is also specifically a list of people in the Gulf with BP connections who have died in the past several months. What we haven't seen is the total amount of people in the Gulf who have vocally criticized BP in the past several months. I'm guessing the figure is enormous, given the scale of the environmental catastrophe and ensuing outcry. This reminds me of the Clinton Death List, which looks extremely suspicious at first glance (OMG, 100% of the people who died have died!), but upon further examination (Snopes), is simply an average death rate when you take into account the sheer number of people who were tangentially involved with the Clintons.
Until anything definitive can be shown outside of a list of names, color me skeptical.
According to snopes it was a humour peice written by a columnist and was never written by a 98 year old woman, nor was it sent to a bank.
Also, TIL that you cant copy/paste from snopes.com (easily anyway).
That we only use 10% of our brains. Bull fucking shit.
EDIT: Sorry! The OP changed their post to have the myth I posted! I win? Anyways here's another: Chewing gum doesn't take 7 years to digest. It's not like it sticks to your stomach or something...
Thought I recognized this.
>Subj: THIS PHOTO WILL STUN YOU
>If each person sends this to a minimum of twenty people on the ir address list, in three days, all people in The United States of America would have the message.
>THIS WILL CURDLE YOUR BLOOD AND CURL YOUR HAIR
>The name of the book Obama is reading is called:
>The Post-American World, and it was written by a fellow Muslim.
>"Post" America means the world After America ! Please forward this picture to everyone you know, conservative or liberal. We must expose Obama's radical ideas and his intent to bring down our beloved America!
Only one problem - one should probably determine what a book is about before spamming family and friends with misinformation about a "fellow muslim's radical ideas".
No it's not. It's a computer generated pic called "Hideaway," by Inga Nielsen. it's even in snopes FFS
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I used to work with this guy who really made it a pastime to fuck with people. One of his greatest triumphs was this:
Many of you, I'm sure, have seen statues of famous generals or soldiers on horses. Some of you have probably been told that the number of hooves a horse has on the ground indicates the fate of the rider (which is not true...thanks Snopes). There are alleged to be multiple configurations with different significance, but if the horse is rearing up on its hind legs with two hooves in the air, that means the rider died in battle.
Well, my friend told this girl that there was a famous horse named Smuckers who was an absolute hero during a battle in the Civil War. Apparently the soldier on Smuckers back was some sort of bigwig...during the fighting the soldier was knocked off, and Smuckers managed to kill several enemy soldiers, saving his rider before being killed himself.
Per the military tradition, they were obligated to make a statue of him which indicated that he had been killed in battle...so they made a statue of Smuckers riding another warhorse with two hooves in the air.
This woman bought the entire story...and even asked to go see the statue of Smuckers then next time she was in town.
It was just an urban legend. Snopes
EDIT: To the many people saying that the bells were real, I already know that. Plus, I highly recommend that you actually read the link provided. Or at least the part where it actually says that they were: "Premature burial signaling devices only came into fashion in the 19th century; they weren't around in the 15th. Some of these 19th century coffins blew whistles and raised flags if their inhabitants awoke from their dirt naps. (Once again, our Buried Alive page provides information about a number of these devices, including ones available in modern times)."
The one word answer is "ignorance", but to elaborate on that a bit:
People who spout off references to things without understanding the facts behind them drive me nuts. For example, in talking about how lawsuit crazy people are, someone inevitably brings up the famous (but poorly reported) "McDonald's coffee spill case" ... here is the truth...
Another good one: I'm sick of the freaking talk about Tryptophan every year at thanksgiving like everyone's a closet science nerd... It's not the tryptophan making you sleepy, dumbass...
I have no problem with people not knowing everything.. it's the ones acting as if they do that drive me utterly crazy...
I'm sad Snopes wasn't immediately findable in this thread ...
... so here's the relevant page for anyone else looking.
TL;DR: The entire thing is true, except for the last paragraph and picture. The Marines were very helpful in stopping the man but they didn't actually beat the shit out of him.
Personally - I have more respect for a bunch of Marines that stopped a shoplifter, one got stabbed as a result, and they didn't resort to beating the shit out of the shoplifter (at 4-to-1 odds). Acting like a responsible adult > jock justice.
Come on, reddit. Even my elderly stepfather looks shit like this up on Snopes first.
Not only is this a repost, it's a repost of something that's been circulating on the internet for more than a decade. And the person who started circulating it on the internet back at the end of the 1990s was a dick about it and didn't credit the people who actually wrote this funny stuff in the first place.
The really smart bit, if I remember the autobiography correctly, is that this was a two part clause.
In the rider section of teh contract - the bands back stage needs e.g. Towels, water. food and so forth they simply stated that there must be a bowl of m&ms supplied.
It was in a completely different part of the contract, the technical stage specification that deals with power supplies, weight limits, fire and safety that they specified that there should be no brown m&ms back stage.
They pretty much always got the m&ms, but if there were brown ones in there they knew they had to double check the technical and safety aspects of the show.
See also Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/vanhalen.asp
The picture is of the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel - NOT the Øresund bridge at all.
The Øresund Bridge IS a lovely fucker though.
Fake, unfortunately. The story was conjured by a medical examiner as an example of how mode of death can be influenced by subtle shifts in circumstance.
The joke usually ends with "the student finally says, 'Fine, if you're unimaginative, you can measure the pressure at the top and bottom of the building, compute the difference in air pressure, and figure out the height.' That student was Niels Bohr and went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics."
I am basically bombarded by fake calls trying to get me to pay invoices not attached to any product. It is a pretty common scam. They prey on an employee hoping to not upset their boss and paying the invoice out of their own pocket. Mine usually involve non-existent yellow pages ads or copier toner. It was fun to fuck with them for a while, but now it is just tiring.
yellow pages invoice info
toner phoner scams
it world article on scams
When my dad took the Bar exam some guy in the room had a heart attack. The proctor said if anyone helps him they'll be disqualified and have to take it over. There was an EMT in the room who was required by his ethical code to assist. To my knowledge the guy failed the test. I just hope they let him take it over again without consequence.
Here's a link to a Snopes article debunking this. Still happened. Wasn't in California.
Correct. Here is a snopes article about it.
A synopsis: Somebody sends you a great looking fake check for some thousands. The bank cashes it immediately and gives you the money. You send the money back and the scammer gets to keep it free. When the bank figures out it is a check, you are liable to return it. The easy way to convince him is tell him that if the person he is "working" for really wanted to just test these services, he could easily do it with only $20 instead of $3200.
My friend fell for this scam and the only thing that saved him was that the Western Union that he went to was having technical difficulties.
For those who are curious, here are the links in my dad's reply email:
I much prefer Snopes's view on this issue:
>This is one of those items that — although wrong in many of its details — isn't exactly false in an overall sense and is perhaps more fairly labeled as "True, but for trivial and unremarkable reasons." Marveling that the width of modern roadways is similar to the width of ancient roadways is sort of like getting excited over a notion such as "modern clothes sizes are based upon standards developed by medieval tailors." Well, duh. Despite obvious differences in style, clothing in the Middle Ages served the same purpose as clothing today (i.e., to cover, protect, and ornament the human body), and modern human beings are very close in size to medieval human beings (we are, on average, a little bit taller and heavier than we were several centuries ago, but not much), so we naturally expect ancient and modern clothing to be similar in
It's because none of it is true.
Every once in a while someone just decides to make up some clearly fake bullshit about the college because it's old and people will believe in tons of antiquated rules that would never have existed for any reason and cannot ever be sourced beyond "I heard it from a friend of a friend".
The Guinness one is essentially this, except it was always Brandy or Mead when I heard it, since Guinness isn't even as old as Trinity.
Edit: If you want a real (and verifiable) example of ancient rules still in effect, the matriculation requirements (found on their site here) state that Latin can be used in the place of Mathematics as an entry requirement.
Latin is indeed still an examinable subject at second level, and was sat by 121 people in 2008 (out of about 57,000 people doing the leaving cert.)
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It should be noted that the photographer who took the "looting" photo saw the black man wade into the grocery store and wade out with the merchandise, while the photographer who took the "finding" photo saw the white couple pick up the food while it was floating out of the store.
The Coinage Act of 1965 specified that all U.S. coins are legal tender in any amount. However, even in cases where legal tender has been agreed to as a form of payment, private businesses are still free to specify which forms of legal tender they will accept. If a restaurant doesn't want to take any currency larger than $20 bills, or they don't want to take pennies at all, or they want to be paid in nothing but dimes, they're entitled to do so (but, they should specify their payment policies before entering into transactions with buyers). Businesses are free to accept or reject pennies as they see fit; no law specifies that pennies cease to be considered legal tender when proffered in quantities over a particular amount.
Source - http://www.snopes.com/business/money/pennies.asp
>setting fire to the white house (this is why it is white - whitewash was the only thing to hand with which to cover up the damage).
That is a falsity: http://www.snopes.com/language/colors/whitehouse.asp
No, that was not an actual question:
> The original was written by Paul Darwin Foote, a scientist noted for his pioneering work in the field of high temperature measurement, and dates to about 1920, when it appeared in the house organ of the Taylor Instrument Company.
After a classmate got caught with gum and swallowed it, my 4th grade teacher told an elaborate story about a former student of her's that went to the doctor with stomach pains and an X-Ray revealed a giant ball of gum in his stomach. She told us that gum took 7 years to digest. Turns out she was just a lying whore.
His exact quote (emphasis mine, to draw attention to the fact that he was referencing this as part of a larger group of initiatives he was involved in during his service in Congress; in fact, the portion you quoted was not the entire sentence):
> During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.
And the snopes commentary is to the point...
> Clearly, although Gore's phrasing might have been a bit clumsy (and perhaps self-serving), he was not claiming that he "invented" the Internet (in the sense of having designed or implemented it), but that he was responsible, in an economic and legislative sense, for fostering the development the technology that we now know as the Internet. To claim that Gore was seriously trying to take credit for the "invention" of the Internet is, frankly, just silly political posturing that arose out of a close presidential campaign.
> If President Eisenhower had said in the mid-1960s that he, while president, "created" the Interstate Highway System, we would not have seen dozens and dozens of editorials lampooning him for claiming he "invented" the concept of highways or implying that he personally went out and dug ditches across the country to help build the roadway. Everyone would have understood that Ike meant he was a driving force behind the legislation that created the highway system, and this was the very same concept Al Gore was expressing about himself with his Internet statement.
It's a truly breathtaking quote, especially since 9/11. It's been posted here and elsewhere a ton of times, but that first time you read it you find yourself clearly agreeing with it and thinking how brilliant and insightful it is. Then you find out who said it and you become very conflicted.
Goering was obviously an evil, awful human being, but he was also a genius and a visionary. He was pretty much the one pilot in WWI that understood what air power would soon be capable of.
Actually...she was right. You can actually get by without drinking anything and sustaining yourself entirely from food, your body doesn't give a shit where it gets water from so long as it gets it but don't take my word for it.
barbara walters did a story on gender roles in kuwait several years before the gulf war. she noted then that women customarily walked about ten feet behind their husbands. she returned to kuwait recently and observed that the men now walked several yards behind their wives.
ms. watlers approached one of the women and said "this is marvelous. can you tell the free world just what enabled women here to achieve this reversal of roles?"
"land mines," said the kuwaiti woman.
One of the best pictures of the year 6 years ago...
Edit: I'm getting downvoted because I pointed out the information in the caption is wrong? Are you guys seriously pissed at me for trying to prevent a little bit of false info from entering your head.
Dogs mouths are not cleaner than humans....http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/dogmouth.asp
Also via Why do Men Have Nipples. And most vets will tell you that there is salmonellae possibility in your dogs mouth.
Vigilante justice isn't justice.
Edit: Why the downvotes? Instead of subduing the civilian attacker and placing him under arrest (as they are trained to do), the story details how he was brutally assaulted ("two broken arms, a broken ankle..."). While it does not justify the original crime, it is grossly disproportionate with what would be considered acceptable behavior to someone with military training in a civilian populace. That is why I said it was vigilante justice, and that it was inappropriate.
Also, this account is not completely factual - in reality, the assault did not occur; the soldiers did exactly what they were supposed to do: http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/stabbedmarine.asp
More on this, over at Snopes..
He wrote it on his own bat, to distinguish it from others. Also it seems like he was not aware that he was posing for a card at the time.
This is a common urban myth. So common indeed that I won't even Snopes it for you. The original version has them paying more attention when the professor is close to a trash can and then eventually turning it over and he stands on top of it.
EDIT: You know what? Fuck it, here you go. Next time Google stuff before you repeat it verbatim: http://www.snopes.com/college/pranks/trained.asp
Before we see this dog again, in a different post that will be much more sad, please be aware that grapes will kill a dog.
Its label on snopes as unconfirmed practically guarantees this is just an urban legend and nothing more - since even their true articles are stretched truth at best.
This is a slightly reworded version of the Rejection Letter urban legend, hosted by a shady site and posted by a blogspam shill account.
I was taught, in grade 10 history, that Catherine the Great died fucking a horse. It wasn't in our textbooks, but it was on a test and my History Teacher swore it was true. Sigh.
please show this next time so it does not start another talk and such because new people will think that it isn't BS and think it is an actual controversy. http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/undergod.asp
Snopes: "However, it was not intended to be taken literally, as its author, Connie Meskimen, is a Little Rock lawyer known for penning sarcastic letters with tongue planted firmly in cheek...")
>As a medical device, the tampon has been around since the 19th century, when antiseptic cotton tampons treated with salicylates were used to stop the bleeding from bullet wounds, and there have been reports of modern menstrual tampons being used for the same purpose by soldiers in the Iraq War.
also: the brand kotex was originally manufactured as military bandages during world war 1, and later was used as a feminine hygiene product. source
They doubled the amount to 1000 miles for every 10 items if purchased by a certain date. The linked image doesn't give the whole story.
Nothing to get too excited about. The connection between chariots/wagons and railroad gauge is a really, really loose one. In fact, there are many different railroad gauges used around the world.
Here's what Snopes has to say about this notion.
Edit: Also, I noticed that Aldrin said that two horses needed to pull a vehicle side-by-side. Standard gauge is 4' 8.5". Try fitting two horses, side-by-side, in that space!
A few years back CNN's obituaries-in-waiting were prematurely leaked e.g. Dick Cheney. Source
That was a joke on the John Larroquette show, and probably an urban legend much earlier. If you saw it happen yourself in real life I'd be impressed. Snopes dismisses it as legend.
Actually he did wear a hat, just not the whole time, likely because of the wind. (Pics and article: Snopes)
I've read elsewhere it was because of the ever-lowering car roofs.
Minus the anal line, I think this joke is from the 1950s. I first heard a tame version of it as a kid watching Johnnie Carson. The guy who told it had written a book of "old stories" , basically a 70s-80s version of Snopes. He dubbed this the most retold of them all.
Edit: Snopes pegs it as 1944 joke http://www.snopes.com/college/risque/blinddate.asp
Very well written, and I agree. The only quibble I have is with the exaltation of past movie stars and models as 'real' women, or, heaven forbid, fat ones. Marilyn Monroe was not a fat woman, even at her heaviest. (She was, however, a severely unhappy drug addict, so I'm not sure why we're all so quick to idolize her while complaining about being victimized by the fashion industry, as she most certainly was.) Elizabeth Taylor was a positively tiny 36C-21-36 at the height of her career - just look at her as Cleopatra. Vivien Leigh, much lauded for her beauty by the press, had a 23'' waist during the filming of Gone With the Wind.
Even if we start idolizing different movie stars - Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe instead of Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Portman - most women still will not look like movie stars. Therefore I'm not totally comfortable with the bandying about of older or different stars as role models for body acceptance when what we should really want is for people to be able to accept themselves without seeing a movie star in the mirror.
But I do agree with the more general sentiment wholeheartedly. If there's one thing these makeup ads remind me of, it's all the mothers I see still trying to fit into their daughter's clothes, botoxing the wrinkles away, paying for lip injections and hair extensions to try to look like their teenage kids. The idea that so many women are missing out on the joy of different stages of life because they won't stop trying to go backwards is very depressing to me.
There's also the "wooden bomb" story, where the British bombed a wooden decoy airfield with a wooden bomb. Although it may not be true it's so typically British.
Sorry nobody explained it. It's a common misconception. Sagging pants started in prison and most people thought it had some homosexual connotation to it, but it was just a lot of times they didn't have the right size prison garb. Here's the Snopes.
Greate quote, I hope this keeps getting reposted. It's a truly deep insight into one of those in power, who actually divulged the tactics to control the populace and send them into a war frenzy.
>Dial 9-9-9 ...
Does your friend even live in the UK?
>...and will block your vision by up to 92.5%
I would like a citation on that one.
Well, I guess it must be... I shit you not... National Gang Week. Talk about organized crime.
How many times must this be debunked? http://www.snopes.com/katrina/photos/looters.asp
tldr: Two different photographers working for 2 different news agencies took pictures and captioned them appropriately. The black kid went inside a store and took stuff from the shelves, the white couple picked up the food that was floating down the street.
I like how you are getting down voted because people don't know the true history behind lemmings jumping off cliffs.
My newest question: Disney has cameras on a baby chimp playing with his family then, miraculously, all alone. What exactly are the odds Disney camera crew was just out there filming and these wild turn of events took place all on their own?
Edit: Some video footage for all you visual types.
You are right that some have senors under the pavement, and some use various types of motion detectors on the mast arms. The vast majority of lights are timed, with the detectors set to override the timer if no traffic is detected from conflicting directions.
The urban legend
that flashing your high beams trips the light is not accurate. The opticom systems use strobe lights, so I imagine it is possible that out of many random highbeam flashes on could possibly change the lights one time, but it seems highly unlikely.
edit: fixed link
Snopes.com article debunking why gas protests don't matter.
Before you post it to Facebook, SNOPES IT!
Before you send that forward, SNOPES IT!
If it sounds too good to be true, DON'T BELIEVE IT!
A healthy dose of skepticism isn't a bad thing people.
Today You Learned - the Brits evolved from a Disney movie where the film crew transported a small group of lemmings to a cliff and forced them into the water
An octopus cannot impregnate a human female, so you know, just in case.
There's a popular urban legend that unwrapped sweets will contain razor blades, drugs, etc. See here - apparently, it actually sort of happened - but these stories often prevent paranoid parents from accepting anything unwrapped.
Nobody eats spiders in their sleep. For christ's sake. I know I shouldn't get so pissed off when I hear people tout that as fact, it just annoys me so much that people can defend things so vehemently that they have only heard from other people.
I lost a friend over this, once, I told him not to believe everything that people tell him and that if he were to look it up for himself he wouldn't have to believe ME, either. Everyone sided with the truth, he freaked out and left, I haven't spoken to him since.
I have this, but mainly it's a severe, SEVERE fear or insects that build patterned nests and parasites that lay eggs in human flesh.
This WARNING NSFL NSFD NSFUCKING ANYTHING is the single most disgusting image I have ever seen. Sorry that it's not linked to the direct image, I had to look only at the url and used my hand to block out the rest of the page.
EDIT: If one more person tells me that this is fake without reading the rest of the thread I will cut off whatever exterior genitals they have.
They were actually scripted for him well in advance, and he flubbed his lines. Armstrong was so in awe of what he was doing that he messed up a bit, and for some reason I just love that little bit of human-ness.
Inb4 anyone links to the Snopes article (http://www.snopes.com/language/misxlate/berliner.asp)
For some reason, the urban legend of him making an error and saying he's a doughnut keeps being told, especially by non-native speakers. To a German, that line was never anything else than Kennedy considering himself to be a citizen of Berlin, especially not in context (grammatically, all the indefinite article does is add emphasis to the whole notion). Nobody laughed. It wasn't discussed as a gaffe.
Equivalent: "It has been called the center of the world. It's certainly the planet's most exciting city, and I feel proud of being able to say: I am a New Yorker." Would any English speaker giggle at this on account of me saying I'm a magazine?
Splitzy, the report that the article in the Guardian was based on was determined to be a hoax document. However, while NASA claims that specific document is not real, that does not mean that astronauts have never have sex up in space before.
Within both NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency, more than a few people are aware of at least one instance of a couple who attempted to have sex up there. Astronauts Jan Davis and Mark Lee have the distinction of being the only married couple to go into space together (during shuttle mission STS-47). They got married secretly during training, and only admitted their nuptials to NASA a few days before their shuttle flight. The rumor is that they at least attempted to engage in sexual relations while on orbit.
Since the STS-47 mission, NASA now has an official restriction in place preventing married couples from being on the same flight crews. The idea of sex in space is definitely not a subject matter that NASA want to have any kind of public debate or disclosure on. They consider it to be bad PR.
Why not just buy one aluminum or BPA free water bottle to use? Reusing plastic bottles could leech chemicals into your water. Plus, you're not wasting plastic bottles!
Thank you! "Drive-by gang initiations" are more or less an urban legend. I'm not saying nothing like that has ever happened, but the vast majority of these types of stories are fake. http://www.snopes.com/crime/gangs/lightsout.asp , for example.
I live in New Orleans, on-again-off-again murder capitol of America, and bike through the hood on my way to work pretty frequently. The truth is, 99% of murder in the city is either related to drug-crime or part of a robbery that's gone bad. No one is going to randomly shoot you for being white in the wrong area.
FYI, I've been told many many times by medical professionals that if you're having a heart attack, CALL 911, DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL. There are always delays at the hospital, and EMTs or firemen can at least begin treating you right away.
This is common. Semi-source
Pyrex is no longer made from borosilicate ("lab glass"). It's made from soda lime glass now, the same glass most consumer stuff (beer bottles, etc.) is made of.
Stoneware is probably a better choice for longevity. It's more rugged.
This thread breaks it down pretty nicely. They just picked a lot of random dead people then called them BP whistleblowers. The actual high profile whistleblowers are still very much alive.
Another article showing the secret behind "body count" lists: http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/bodycount.asp
But... there are misconceptions on there!
>When Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, it is a popular misconception that he said "One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind." He actually said "One small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind." The "A" was lost in the transmission back to earth.
Turns out the "lost in transmission" excuse was really just an excuse. He really did mess up the line.
They make the comment that while it is indeed batshit insane, the sentiments are frequently parroted in other letters, meaning there are either a lot of retarded people that read this newspaper, or a ton of trolls. Knowing this is from Palinland, which do you think is more probable? :P
Nope. It was adopted from the prison system not as a sexual innuendo but because belts were banned from prisons and the garb was ill-fitting. As a result of many residents of the ghetto coming in and out of prisons, it was adopted as fashionable in those neighborhoods. The sagging-prison-bitch urban legend is inaccurate.
He ACTUALLY said:
>During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.
and actually has a fairly reasonable basis for saying it. The whole "I invented the internet" misquote is a smear job from the right perpetuated by lazy comedians.
This submission is wrong and misleading (and several years old), have a look at snopes.com dismiss it: http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/populate.asp
Infographics are the main thing companies would use to game Digg, so I'm always suspicious of them.
Actually, this entry is classified as "unrated", the title on the main list has white bullet next to it.
That's why there is nothing on page that says true or false.
I had at least 5 or 6 friends do this yesterday. Don't quite know why it is resurfacing.
Anyways, just call them stupid and gullible and put this as your source.
Plus, you'll look like the smartest person on facebook.
Three years old.
> The racist (and disapproving) aspect of the mailing is clearly expressed in a comment appended to many of the forwards: "And we let these people vote!!!!"
> As to whether there is such a child, we've yet to find documentation of anyone's bearing a name of "Le-a" that is pronounced "Ledasha" (or any other way). What little we can find through online Social Security databases (which are not complete repositories of information and thus aren't the final say in the matter) shows that while there are more than 4,000 "Lea"s, there aren't any "Le-a"s. For what it's worth, references in various news stories document that "Ledasha" (fully spelled out, not in a "Le-a" form) has indeed been used as a girl's name.
Can you find me a single, defendable, example in which an online petition has successfully created any real change outside of internet communities themselves?
That is because there was some nonsense going around that it causes explosions. According to snopes it was based on false reports. Same thing with India too, they make you turn it off when you are filling.
Shopping carts are FULL of fecal matter and germs. They are almost never de-sanitized and the grocery store is already filled with germs from people, mostly fecal matter as it turns out. We are evolved to handle that level of germs. I like the whole foods design because it is easy to use. Regular grocery carts are just as easy and by all accounts, just as dirty
Regarding the London 7/7 terror bombings:
> When the news reporter said "Shopkeepers are opening their doors bringing out blankets and cups of tea" I just smiled. It's like yes. That's Britain for you. Tea solves everything. You're a bit cold? Tea. Your boyfriend has just left you? Tea. You've just been told you've got cancer? Tea. Coordinated terrorist attack on the transport network bringing the city to a grinding halt? TEA DAMMIT! And if it's really serious, they may bring out the coffee. The Americans have their alert raised to red, we break out the coffee. That's for situations more serious than this of course. Like another England penalty shoot-out.
Uh, what? Reading the snopes article about the cans in question shows that this was from some fervor in 2002-2003 about some Dr. Pepper cans which were released in 2001-2002 after 9/11. So assuming this is a real post, then the original poster is not only just parroting some FWD:fwd:fwd:FWD:re:fwd, but parroting one that's almost a decade out of date.
Almost made me think this was a classic repost from back in the day making the rounds, then I remembered the Obama/economy line at the end, so it couldn't be too old.
This article is from over a decade ago. I can't find any follow ups. For example, were there any convictions made?
The videos were most likely fake; see here
It isn't. And that's not what he said. Read his post. DC was founded in 1790, which is perfectly consistent with Hapax_Legoman's assertion and the Wikipedia article. He's simply saying that "J"...
>didn't become widely accepted as a distinct letter until the 19th century. That's why Washington DC has no "J Street."
edit: see Snopes article why we have no J St. in DC (scroll to the bottom), which says the same thing Hapax_Legoman said; the letters were still largely interchangeable in the 18th century.
And which chain mail did you read this from? Did your grandmother send you this?
First off, it sold very well in Latin America. Second off, Saying that "nova"->"no va" is like saying that "notable" -> "no table" in english.
<strong>Quote is edited from an interview</strong> with Gustave Gilbert in Göring's jail cell during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials- 18 April 1946.
Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
Ok, really dumb question (I might have missed it) - is there more than the two marching at the tomb, in order to handle possible situations without those marching having to break the march? Or in the event of a situation, do the two marching break their routine to handle the situation?
As a secondary question, you might have seen the email going around about those doing the tomb duty and what they have to go through (ref: http://www.snopes.com/military/unknown.asp). I know some has been verified, some clarified, some debunked. DO you have any personal insights to add?
They are actors in a manufactured scene for this photograph. This is a repost of a repost, and it is confirmed not to be a "real" photo.
correction: I was thinking of this series of photographs: http://www.snopes.com/photos/medical/klaner.asp
Nice rebuttal, very well put. Another thing to bring up about this is that a simple snopes lookup would have showed she was wrong about everything else too.
But you can see Russia from Parts of Alaska. The closest point between the two is only a few miles. Plus, you're quoting Tina Fey. Sarah Palin never said that: http://www.snopes.com/politics/palin/seealaska.asp
I don't like Sarah Palin but I also don't like misinformation.
snore this one again?
Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theater
Kennedy does not have a record of being particularly concerned with civil rights -- that was Johnson, and even he came to it reluctantly.
I'll let the good folks over at Snopes lay out the rest of this utterly tired shit.
The "broken down car" scam is used pretty often and they always approach you in gas stations because you can't leave for the duration of the fill up.
Except that what he said is true and well documented.
Here is Snopes on the subject
And here is an academic survey article about it
Another one, more recent
I always love it when I see spurious, manufactured quotes attributed to historical sources. A quick google search confirms it:
At the very best, it's a quote pieced together by various other snippets he might've said. I'm not saying that the quote doesn't illustrate a potentially valid concern for some people, it's just that Thomas Jefferson has never been documented saying those words.
Let's try to stick to quotes that are historically accurate, reddit.
More information from snopes: http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/msm.asp
Specifically: "Although McDonald's Chicken McNuggets are typically offered as an example of a popular [mechanically separated poultry]-based food, since 2003 that product has been made with all white meat rather than MSP."
I live in Ohio, funny part is I have a whole bunch of friends that work for unions in various trades. This is the first year in the last 3 years all of them were back to work. Before the last 2 elections i asked them about voting. the one pulls out the pic of barack obama not with his hand over his heart and said "there are somethings you need to stand for"
seriously???? i do not think he even bothered to google it.
I asked him why he would vote for someone that is against his interests a couple days ago, this is his quote. "Good the unions sucks anyway. Would be a blessing if i was forced to get a new career. And just think like me didn't vote for him you would have nothing to bitch about."
This is coming from someone who is 32, living with his parents and lives on unemployment every winter since he has started working 12 years ago. He also talks about how he can never meet us out for drinks and dinner because he has no money.
Also my wife is a teacher that never voted and neither do her teacher friends...their answer "My vote does not count". I try to tell them to find out the issues that effect them and vote for their best interests.
I like to think the older i get the less i want to cast aspersions on some people but isn't this the ultimate in hypocrisy and ignorance?