Did you get the email about . . .

Have you received an email saying that Mars will pass remarkably close to the Earth this month? I got this one earlier this week and sadly it’s just not true.

Did you receive an email warning you about the “Olympic Torch” virus? If you did you’re not the only one. People have been receiving this email since 2000 and there’s no virus as described in the email. It’s all a hoax.

Did you hear about a college student who was suspicious of the unmarked “police car” that wanted her to pull over. She dialed #77 on her phone and was connected with the real police. They came to her rescue and saved her from the rapist masquerading as the law. That may or may not be true. It is true that rapists do sometimes try to pass themselves off as police officers. In some parts of the country dialing #77 will put you directly through to the police. However some areas have a different code for that service and other areas don’t offer the service at all.

Now before you begin to suspect that I’m the most knowledgeable person you’ve ever met let me tell you that I looked all of these items up at www.Snopes.com. It’s a website devoted to investigating urban legends, old wife’s tales, rumors and that email that everyone’s getting. It’s a fun site with a lot to read.

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