My Pet email hates

You wanna know what bugs me?
When people email me "warnings". For example, you may have recently recieved the following email
Fwd: Don't answer a cellphone while it's being charged

Don't answer a cell phone while it is being CHARGED!! A few days ago, a person was recharging his cell phone at home. Just at that time a call came through and he attended to it; with the instrument still connected to the mains After a few seconds electricity flowed into the cell phone unrestrained and the person was thrown to the ground with a heavy thud...
etc etc
With this Picture included in the email

This email is a hoax, its not true, the picture is from a completely different incident, as are all the others. It took me about 12 seconds to find out if this was true or not. For chrissakes if this was really true don't you think that it would at least make the goddam news!? Amazingly, the scientific community doesn't figure these things out and think "hmm, what's the best way to get this message out? Oh I know, we'll email it around! Don't bother with Fox, CNN or even Today Tonight, email is the way to go!"

To see the breakdown of this hoax email, see here.

Others warnings can include,
"panadol will kill you"
"balloons are coated with arsenic on the inside because its all a sinister plot from latex manufacturers to kill everyone that likes parties"
"never open your email again or you could get that disease in I am Legend and Die"
I've gotten countless warnings from well meaning friends, the first one I think I decided to actually research was the "Bin-Laden and Olympic Torch Virus Warning". This email was going around saying a virus was hidden in "pictures" of Bin-Laden being hanged. People would be unable to sate their curiosity at the devil of the free world (read-America, last I hear, there's no beef between him and Oz) being killed finally, and their hard drive would be burnt to a crisp by the "olympic torch".
Riiigggghhht. This hoax debunked here and here

My beef with these stupid emails is that no one takes the fricking time to bother to check if these things are true before they blindly forward them on to the next helpless sap who forwards them to his entire address book, and so on and so forth.


It's not that hard people! You go to Google and type in "computer viruses" "hoax emails" "virus warning". Whatever you want! Please research this shit before you send it on if you REALLY think its so important for me to know, and you're really so concerned for my welfare.


The other thing I hate, is funny forwards. Now the actual content, not a problem, I like funnies as much as the next girl because my job allows me to sit and read/watch them as soon as I get them, I don't sit down every few days and discover 50 of them in my inbox, which I know can happen to others.
But really, if you're going to forward them en masse, can you take a second and check who sent it to you? And mostly, you'll be able to see who sent it to them. If I am one of those people, I don't need to see it again!
Yes, I know it's funny, I sent it to you!

If we have common friends, or we are related can you do me a favour and take that extra milisecond to see if I've already received it?! Is it so hard!!!

This happens all the time to me!
Am I the only one who checks these things?

Gah! *collapse*

1 kindred spirits ~ This bugs them too!:

non-Blondie said...
January 30, 2008 8:43 PM

argh I know! I keep getting the old urban legend warnings from well meaning but stupid friends. Guys, simple note: I am not worried about ax murderers in the backseat of my car BECAUSE I DONT DRIVE OR OWN A CAR! You'd think they'd know, but of course they don't take the time to check who they're sending it to.

Not being wary of who's on my contacts list has bitten me in the butt, like when an invitation to Facebook gets sent out to all my work colleagues and ex boyfriends etc.

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