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Friday, November 10, 2006

When we let him out of the dungeon, we'll let him know

Let's lighten things up a little because I need some levity.

My mother in law is one of those email forwarding people. I'm always getting those "THIS MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE" notifications from her. You know the sort of email--keep your old pantyhose (yeah, because I've got them just strewn about the house right now) because some lady in Saskatchewan saved her child's life with an old pair of L'eggs.

Of course, since I'm mean, I look them up on snopes, or other myth buster sites, and point out, replying ALL, how the email is incorrect (this drives my friends crazy, to whom I say "then stop sending me crap.")

I got a text message from her yesterday that said this:

"Just saw a news release about a toy named FLOAM that is dangerously growing mold--KEEP OUR BOY SAFE!!!"

To which I responded:

"It's ok, we don't believe in buying Guille toys. He can play with the chemicals under the sink or he can play with nothing."

17 comments:

La Yen said...

But how will you get kisses from your guardian angel and not have extra bad luck if you don't pass them along? HOW?

And I buy the ones that are all-natural, just in case. Because you know that is all Jooj has as well.

fijiangirl said...

Evil just plain evil!

Tori :) said...

My sister in law is the same way as your MIL. I totally reply to all too with my snopes info!! It drives me crazy to get the same emails now that I got back in 98!

Bek said...

I have recently been put on a few of those lists...and they make me a little crazy.

I hadn't heard about the floam growing mold. Only that it chokes kids. I am going to use that line on our social worker

R

wendysue said...

My favorites are the ones that say. . .this is for a kids science fair project. . .please don't STOP!! and it's a sign up for peoples names (you know, just put an asterisk if your name is already there). . .oh, that's right, I SAW those ground-breaking results at the science fair just last year. . .

And who can forget the dying child's last wish to see his email go around the world. . .

In the words of that 90's buzzcut chic (Susan somethingorother). . .STOP THE INSANITY!!

Kiki said...

HAHAHA! I used to do that TOO, but my friends got tired of my sending links from snopes to them, so they actually STOPPED sending me crap. That is hilarious! I love snopes so much because it has helped reduce the amount of stupid crap I get from people. Also, one time, I sent out an email to everyone in my contacts list saying something like, "I don't even want any of the feel-good stories, ESPECIALLY if they tell me I don't love Jesus if I don't forward it to 10 people." I show Jesus I love him by not being stupid.

AzĂșcar said...

Amen, sister.

p.s. the title of this post is the second half of our conversation.

Me: (snarky chemical remark)
Her: Well you tell Guille to pack his bags, we're coming to get him!
Me: (insert title of post)

compulsive writer said...

I don't know how I missed the Saskatchewan story. I must be out of the WARNING: SOMETHING-BAD-WILL-HAPPEN-TO-YOU loop! (No fears, however, I'm still on my grandmother's list for "we hate the French and the dems but even though we got our butts kicked in the election the elephants are still true.")

I adore Snopes. But after perusing I'm always left to wonder how is it that so many people in this crazy world have so much time on their hands? Truly!

noelle feather said...

MY BIGGEST pet peeve in the world is when people send out forwards, DO NOT PUT the addresses in the BCC field, and then CERTAIN PEOPLE hit REPLY ALL to tell them their e-mail is full of crap (or, prob. a more polite way than I would.)

When that happens to me, I then reply to the person and tell them to remove me off their e-mail list. I can pretty much bet you that everyone else on the forward list already KNOWS that the e-mail is a spoof.

Seriously--you have no idea how much that tweaks my cheeks....thank you for getting me all riled up.

:)

Emmie said...

Just today I got one about roaming gangs of carjackers, and the very complicated scheme they will use to steal my car. (I love Snopes.)

AzĂșcar said...

My favorite one lately was the email telling us to keep our car keys next to our bed to foil intruders. You can hit the panic button on your remote key and scare off the intruder with the loud, unexpected noise.

I emailed my MIL back and thanked her for reminding me that I own a car that has power nothing--including a key that is an actual key with nothing special on it. Guess I'm probably going to be assaulted or die because of my vehicular age.

Bek said...

I have Snopes on my home page. I love reading the stuff that goes around. I can actually tell how many forwards I am getting by how many of the stories I recgnize.

I hadn't heard the car alarm one. I guess that only works if you live in a house.

April said...

I hadn't heard the Floam one. But I did hear that the Swiffer Jet can cause death in pets and infants. What does Snope say about that one?

Btw, your convo with your MIL reminds me of the commercial with the family dinner and the old man asks the younger woman to pass the gravy, and she says, "Sure. Can you speak when spoken to?" hahaha

Elizabeth said...

Hee, hee. Thanks for the laugh. I hate chain emails, so I sympathize here, but I love how sarcastic you are (back and forth) with your mother in law.

LuckyRedHen said...

I do the same thing... SNOPES rocks!

Tiffany said...

Love this post. You crack me up. I am so happy to have found you here. I need your email address. I can send you pictures of Max adn our adventures.

I am still working on understnding this whole blog thing. It's new for me. You are basically the only one who has seen mine because I haven't told anyone about it yet. I don't feel that I can until I have it under control. Blah.

Tiffany said...

Let's play find tiffany's typos! Woops. Yeah, I'm a teacher.