From another site, extract:

Who would do such a thing? The same sort of people who have perpetuated some of the top urban legends such as the claim that Mr. Rogers had a former secret career as a trained assassin, and that ATM users can quickly contact police in the event of an attempted robbery by entering their PIN in reverse. The cyberspace is full of lies disguised as inspiration, political alerts, health warnings, and prayers. Many come complete with enhanced photographs. The ones that are especially ironic are those that state, “Even Snopes has confirmed this,” along with a link to Snopes that attributes it as false. People who forward such emails, obviously do not check the link themselves. (source: To Forward or Not to Forward? By Patti Maguire Armstrong

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Empty promises says Snopes: For an empty stomach

Thanks to the research @ 'Rumor has it.' It is all about the forwarded email:

Extract from :
Claim:   Fruit must be eaten on an empty stomach in order for the body to absorb it properly.

SNOPE's find this as:
Origins:   The item quoted above, typically titled "The Correct Way of Eating Fruits," has been circulating on the Internet since August 2001. It was written in 1998 by Devagi Sanmugam, a chef and culinary writer who lives in Singapore.

The Dr. Herbert Shelton mentioned in the e-mail was a well-known health educator and author who died in 1985. Dr. Shelton held a doctorate degree in naturopathy rather than medicine and was arrested numerous times for practicing medicine without a license.

As to the substance of the advice being proffered, the nutritional value of a piece of fruit is the same whether it's eaten on an empty stomach or after a meal. Beliefs regarding ingesting fruit unaccompanied by any other foodstuff and/or only on an empty stomach, appear to have come from various weight loss gurus, the earliest of which might be Harvey and Marilyn Diamond.

In the 1980s, part of the regimen advocated by the Diamonds, authors of Fit for Life, dictated that nothing but fruit and fruit juices be consumed before noon. (They believed the body has three natural cycles regarding its use of food: noon to 8 p.m. for eating and digestion, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for absorption and use, and 4 a.m. to noon for elimination of body wastes and food debris. Fruit in the morning — and nothing but fruit at that time — is therefore key Continue reading

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My ad about a 2002 Chevy in Craiglist: Fake Spam Email

I am not alone to receive this fake blessing, you may also be one of those who are spammed--I neither have a van nor advertised for it in the New York's Craigslist. The message looks 100% genuine, and official:

Confirmation for Posting ID# 1779115062
Your ad, titled '2002 Chevrolet 3500 Express Van' has been posted as follows: (cars & trucks - by dealer)

Posts will appear in the list of postings and in search results in about 15 minutes.
If you have trouble finding your ad, please check our help page: [?]
Please log in into your account if you need to edit or delete your posting:

If you did not post this ad please change your account password asap:
For your protection please check our list of common scams.
Thanks for using craigslist!

A consumer protectionist, John Stark, reports the same fake email, read his experience (interestingly John and me received this email today, and we hereby advise you not to click on this fake email message):

Fun with craigslist

June 9th, 2010
Here’s a bogus e-mail that hit my inbox seconds ago. It asks me to verify the ad I supposedly posted for a 2002 Chevy van. Said ad, of course, does not exist. The game appears to be: Let’s get this guy’s craigslist password for fun and profit. But since I don’t have a craigslist account, the scheme didn’t work.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A bit of humour to end the day in this timezone... Yet another forward, but KM related

Thanks to Lucie and Allison for forwarding it; sent on the KM4dev Dgroups: .
Top 10 Reasons You Know you're working at an aid organization headquarters if...
1.You just had a pre-meeting to discuss your strategy planning session for the new initiative to reduce poverty by increasing access to safe water/credit/food/health care through fair and equitable distribution to those with the right to said good or service through engagement with duty bearers in the government and other stakeholders and civil society organizations.
2.You just repeatedly slammed your head into your keyboard after spending the last 20 minutes trying to get your Skype conference call between Port au Prince, West Bank/Gaza, Delhi, Nairobi and New York to work only to fail miserably...
6.You realize that you just used cheers, karibu, Insh'Allah or namaste in casual conversation despite the fact that you are neither English, Kenyan, Arab or Indian.
7.You realize that your favorite and most frequented cafe is located in Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
8.You just finished depressing a volunteer caller from the Red Cross for the 12th time this year who reluctantly agreed that you are not eligiable to donate blood because you just got back from .
9.You're pumped with antibiotics more frequently than a cow in a concentrated feeding operation.
10.You tell yourself it's not failure if you turn it into a lessons-learned document.
Continue reading all the Top 10 Reasons You Know You're Working at an Aid Organization Headquarters, by Brooks Keene

Sunday, February 21, 2010

How long to paint a feather - Worth forwarding, but with proper source and acknowledgement

Note, This email, with a title, 'I Wonder How Long It Takes To Paint a Feather,' came to me:
  • Information courtesy: Iftekhar Syed Ali, Laith Khalifa, Adil Al-Kufaishi thro' fun_and_fun_only
  • Information corroborated @ Collection of forward mails,fun mails,time pass mails,good morning mails... and @ Whats In Your Email?
  • Info originating from (primary source; not attributed by those of forward): Feather lady Studio: wildlife art by Northwest artist Julie Thompson

  • Saturday, February 6, 2010

    Why INDIA is in trouble? [Nice Joke, Yet another forwarded email]

    PS. Source, our digg says, the idea of this joke comes from:; The pictures' courtesy: zadtee's blog

    Population: 100 crore
    -9 crore retired
    -30 crore in state Government
    -17 crore in central Government (both categories don't work)
    -1 crore IT professionals (don't work for India)
    -25 crore in school
    -1 crore are under 5 years
    -15 crore unemployed
    -1.2 crore u can find anytime in hospitals
    Statistics say you find 79,99,998 people anytime in jail.
    The balance two are you & me.

    BOTTOMLINE: You are busy reading my E-mails and sending forwards! I am busy reading your forwards, and forwarding e-mails to all my friends!!! How can I handle India alone?

    Friday, February 5, 2010

    Forwarding, Forwarded Emails - Quotable quotes about waste of bandwidth, mindwidth and timewidth

    “A new chain letter has entered the charts claiming that the MSN will be closed down unless the bogus email is forwarded to family, friends and colleagues. As always, these chain letters are best deleted as they waste bandwidth.” Carole Theriault @
    “We advise all companies to consider circulating a policy on virus hoaxes to curb the spread of these annoying emails that can cause mail overload and results in down time and loss of profits. Although they do not cause serious network damage, certain hoaxes, such as the HIV Needle email, are cruel tricks that can be very upsetting for those users receiving them.” Carole Theriault @
    “Chain letters like this are too easily forwarded to friends, family and colleagues without people using their common sense. Stories like this become urban legends, constantly being repeated without anyone bothering to check the facts. Hoaxes and chain letters like this are not harmless - they waste time and bandwidth, and can be a genuine headache for support departments. Users need to be more skeptical, and ask themselves whether everything they are told by email can be believed.” Graham Cluley @

    Thursday, February 4, 2010

    E-mail Adds Stress to Daily Life - Strange but true!!!

    Reporter: Allen Mask, M.D. Posted: Aug 27, 2007 @

    Lab and researcher administrator Amarillyis Carreira says
    the hundreds of e-mails she receives daily cause her to suffer from "inbox stress."

    "The conveniences of e-mail - speed and mobility - come along with pressure to also be quick in responding.
    Researchers from Scotland found that for some people, the words "You've got mail" increasingly also mean "You've got stress."
    Lab and researcher administrator Amarillyis Carreira said her inbox is the most cluttered place on her computer and that simply replying to her e-mails can ruin her day.

    "I get about 200, 250 emails a day. It is very stressful," Carreira said.
    continue reading: E-mail Adds Stress to Daily Life

    Saturday, January 30, 2010

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Not all forwarded e-mails are accurate, however.

    Extract from Friday Flyer, January 10, 2010

    These are the signs to watch for with a stroke
         "The Internet can be a wealth of information and well-meaning friends will often forward e-mails that look official or seem to make sense, such as how to look for signs of a stroke. Not all e-mails are accurate, however. is a resource that can provide information on the accuracy of e-mails and whether they are hoaxes or urban legends. In response to e-mails about indicators of stroke, writers at suggest following the guidelines recommended by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which notes these major signs of stroke: ...
         Continue reading

    Wednesday, January 13, 2010

    Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins: Another wishful forwarded fiction

    The text of the forwarded email states:
    1. Every person has cancer cells in the body
    2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime
    3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed...
    4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. continued....
    Research says this is a FALSE:
    Bottomline: What does the Johns Hopkins say about this Cancer Update? The answer is here:

    This e-mail is NOT from Johns Hopkins [NEWS] August 11, 2008

    Email Hoax: "Cancer Update From John Hopkins" Updated April 2009
    A hoax e-mail on cancer has been circulating on the internet. Because this e-mail uses the Johns Hopkins name, we thought we would post a What's New to inform the users of our web page. The e-mail in question is pasted at the end of this Whats New. To learn more visit: and The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center News.

    •  Federal Trade Commission says: Cure-ious? Ask. See also: Signs of a scam

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Sachin Tendulkar's shell house -- Just Not True

    I just received a forwarded, forward, with a catchy header: Fragile Luxury.

    Googled, and found:
  • Sachin Tendulkar's New House - Not True - its SPAM says
  • Hoax Confirmation: Tendulkar's 'shell house' designs a net hoax: India Today.
  • Plus, shell House Sachin Hoax here.
  • Noel, a Blogger (Cricket God - Sachin Tendulkar, God Of Cricket) states: "A new weird shell house designed for God Of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar by world famous Mexican architect Javier Senosiain."
  • See more here, on this shell house: Organic Architecture of Javier Senosiain.
  • Whereas, Sachin's fans keep circulating this nonstop;
  •, as well as, Sachin Tendulkar's Official website - don't talk about it.
  • And, this is interesting: "Sachin denies having an account on Twitter: Don't follow his fake twitter account."