Some hoax emails turn out to be real!
Who hasn’t received an hoax email? Whether it’s about cell phones exploding or hotmail closing down? Well, most of these emails are rubbish and that is why it makes me uneasy when a hoax turns out not to be an urban legend after all, but a story with more than just a grain of truth.
…one third of the 33 products tested contained an amount of lead in excess of 0.1 parts per million. And this limit is the U.S. Food & Drug administration’s upper limit for allowable led in candy.
As India isn’t too particular about lead limits even in food and medicines, it’s best not to talk about lipsticks. I am just thankful that I rarely use lipsticks or in fact any make-up.
Some urban legends
On a lighter note, here are some really crazy email hoaxes:
Cyanide laced envelopes…and email went around saying that a woman died from licking the deposit envelope at a Bank of America ATM as the envelope was laced with cyanide.
Rat virus…an email warned of a virus which lived in dried rat and mouse droppings. These droppings supposedly turned into dust once they dried, and could be inhaled or ingested. The email actually suggested protective gear!
Genetically engineered KFC chickens…yeah, that’s what one email declared. These chickens were sans beaks, feathers, and feet…just pure flesh! 😀
Bananas infected by flesh eating bacteria…an email warned of bananas imported from Costa Rica which were infected with “necrotizing fasciltis”, or flesh eating bacteria!
If you want to know more about such hoaxes and chain emails, check it out here.
The Lipstick Scare (lipsticks cause cancer) was debunked by reputed sites…but it never did sound as bizarre as the ones above. It’s not bizarre to imagine that lipsticks contain toxic metals or chemicals and it is also proven that lead is cancer-causing. Ofcourse more detailed studies need to be done…but as of now, even if I do use lipstick I won’t do it if I am going for a meal.
By the way, did you ever hear of that story of a lizard getting stuck in a lady’s wig? A lizard which more or less chewed up her head? This spread by word of mouth during a time when emails weren’t common…
Urban legends have this habit of spreading like a disease. The only difference now is that they spread like wildfire…at the press of a key. Think twice before forwarding…