Monday, November 21, 2005

More News About John Hopkins Medical Centre

A few months ago I had a post about a health warning issued by John Hopkins explaining how dioxins found in water bottles and plastics would cause cancer if they were frozen or put in the microwave. Apparently this email was widely circulated, but it is, in fact, a hoax.

There are no dioxins in plastic.

Freezing slows down the chemical process, as opposed to accelerating it.

I have been calling the media relations people and cancer researchers at John Hopkins Medical Centre all morning, and it has been confirmed: Do not believe anything you read as a forwarded message.

Bill Gates is not redistributing his money.

That boy gone missing at the Wal-Mart is false.

You will not have seven years of bad luck if you do not forward the message on.

These scams have been going on for years, and are the cause of much of the spam out there (that has been linked to $87 billion in lost productivity). They are an unethical marketers dream, and a way to compile a massive database of email addresses.

There is another urban myth I looked into as well – that Kellogg invented a cereal with saltpetre in it to slow down the libidos of his boarding school boys. Don’t believe it.

In other news – here is an ad for leather pants.


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