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Chupacabras and Coca Cola

January 15, 2004

Anybody like Snopes.com? It’s a spiffy urban legends site, that debunks or bunks (is that the opposite?) random urban legends. Things like:
Is the FBI’s “Department for Illegal Internet Downloads” sending out automated warning messages via e-mail?
Did Indonesian villagers really capture a 49-foot, 983-pound python?
Did a man laugh himself to death while watching television?
Does the “BVD” in BVD Underwear really stand for Boy’s Ventilated Drawers?
They now have an RSS feed that highlight new urban legends. Slap me silly and call me happy–another feed of joy!

“Chupacabras and Coca Cola”

  1. Pip Says:

    Snopes is fantastic! I still hear many people repeating UL’s from time to time, and it always amuses me that they are so sure it happened to someone they know.

  2. vapid Says:

    Could enbunk be the opposite of debunks?

    Or imbunk?

    I do like Snopes. Its a good extra to all the virus hoax pages, to pass on to people when they send you emails about really bad things that will happen to their machines if you don’t do exactly what the message tells you, and how important it is for you to forward this message to everyone you know.

    We still get a few people sending these messages to Staff- All without checking it out with anyone from IT (or even library systems) first.

    When you put people on to Snopes (instead of the usual virus hoax pages), they seem to feel less bad, and (maybe counter-intuitively) the message seems to get through more effectively.

  3. Samir Says:

    Dear ser/ madam please send me updated articles about UFO, about possible alien threat.
    Thank you!

  4. Lamar Cole Says:

    Love is two people sipping Coca Cola from the same straw on a warm sunny day.

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