About hoaxes, chain letters etc in the inbox.

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EM (September 24, 2006, 15:03:52 PM):
I hate receiving those kind of emails. Just received a new one on Friday about the all the meanings of Iraq's name and a verse in the Koran, Chapter 9 verse 11 (9:11) nonetheless. According to the email the verse has to do with an eagle sweeping down and cleansing the land of Mohamed or Allah or what ever, and how the eagle is the national bird of America.

My natural reaction was to look up verse 9:11 in the Koran, an lo and behold, no eagle. As a matter of fact not one of three different on line translation of the Koran has the word eagle in it once. The verse has to do with repentance and giving money to the poor (or to that effect)

My question, what do the other people on the forum do when they receive something like that. Do you ignore it, or do you reply to the sender with a short (or lengthy :) ) explanation about what you found.

I reply. But that has been met with some anger in the past, I have even been removed from some peoples mailing lists, not that I'm complaining. It irks me that people display such big inertia to the truth, even about things that is not supposed to be close to the heart (ie. it's not about their own religion)

bluegray (September 24, 2006, 15:45:22 PM):
I find that those who do complain when you point out the truth, usual sends very little interesting emails anyway. ;D
I usually just reply with a link to snopes.com or whatever. It's amazing how many of these hoax emails seems to still be around - even after years of first appearing. And how few people bother to do a simple google search.
EM (September 24, 2006, 15:58:46 PM):
And how few people bother to do a simple google search.

Therein lies the the problem and the solution to so much in the ol' world. People don't like to think, I'm sure for some individuals of our species it actually hurts! :'(
qrios (September 25, 2006, 16:07:07 PM):
I think most of them actually believes that something good will happen If they forward it, something bad if they don't, and Nokia is actually gonna send them a phone..... ;D
DNA (February 02, 2007, 09:39:18 AM):

I just received the email about the Child Protection Unit being shut down (again).

It seems people just forward these these things without doing any research whatsoever.

Some of them are just so obviously nonsense that no research is required, and yet people still send them on......

I am fascinated by how they stay around so long. According to the SAPS website (http://www.saps.gov.za/org_profiles/core_function_components/fcs/hoax.htm ) this email has been going around since 1985. According the breakthechain.org it's been going around since 2001 (http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/cpupet.html). I don't know why there is a discrepancy with the dates, but anyway....

I wonder what the circulation pattern is. It seems to me it should peak and then dissapear, but these things keep on going. Do they lie around people's Inbox, and they then decide to send them 6 months down the line? Seems unlikely, which means they have to be continually circulating.

It would be interesting to know.



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