to be fed up of people not checking the truth of warnings before they share them?

(119 Posts)
gremlindolphin Wed 06-Mar-13 10:08:27

There are some brilliant sites like hoax-slayer, snopes etc but friends keep on sharing rubbish links on facebook and by email which I think are just designed to scare people. It also detracts from the real things which it can be beneficial to share.

I just commented to one friend that her link was a hoax and she said that she thought it was better to share it anyway in case it did happen!

Kytti Wed 06-Mar-13 10:13:55

I hate it! I hate it! I hate it! How hard is it to do a quick check?

AND those "if I get 1,000,000 likes..." AND pictures of people who'll get operations if you 'like' the picture. FFS. Fucking idiots.


I hear you, sister!

Pilfette Wed 06-Mar-13 10:14:52

I just comment with a link to the relevant Snopes thread. Someone defriended me over it shock

Yes dh and I do the same with hoax slayer. You get some terrible crap circulated. I work in a hospital and there was one recently which went from group to group of very senior and bright people before somebody considerably less well paid pointed out it was nonsense.

I'm with you - gets me seriously riled. My personal favourite is the 'backwards pin at cash machine if you are being robbed' one. How many people think this true? They will be very disappointed when the police don't roll up.....

WingDefence Wed 06-Mar-13 10:21:42

Yes I always respond with a link to Snopes. I tend to get them more sent to me by email than on Facebook usually from my DDad but I'd do the same on FB if I saw one.

CrapBag Wed 06-Mar-13 10:27:39

God I hate this!!! And yes all the "1000000 likes to get x" crap. Does anyone really thing that by pressing 'like' on a picture on FB means that some poor person will get life saving treatment or whatever they want at the time!?

Dawndonna Wed 06-Mar-13 10:28:23

I too get really pissed off with these. Again, I respond with the relevant link, but ffs, it isn't hard to go look.

First time - Reply + Snopes link
Subsequent times - Reply All + Snopes link

Eventually, people stop sending them. Though whether that just means they are sending just as much crap to everyone else and have only dropped me from the list, I don't know!

So many people are paranoid about crap that is a total wind-up, and have their heads so full of it that they can't spot the genuine things they ought to worry about. It doesn't take long to find out in most cases.

gremlindolphin Wed 06-Mar-13 10:41:08

Glad you agree!

Some of them are dangerous i.e. relying on the reverse PIN one for help and how to give yourself CPR by coughing!

ConstantVigilance Wed 06-Mar-13 12:00:11

I keep getting loads of people on my facebook posting photos and appeals for missing people who are not even missing why can't people just check?

I had loads of normally sensible people freaking out about the KFC chickens with no beaks or feet hmm

LadyPessaryPam Wed 06-Mar-13 12:30:47

I always comment underneath that its a hoax and add a link if necessary. Can't bear misinformation.

ChunkyPickle Wed 06-Mar-13 12:33:01

Oh lord, if I get one more person sharing how women are more likely to get raped in carparks and if they've got a pony tail then I just might scream....


Abra1d Wed 06-Mar-13 12:33:18

I also hate chain letters and chain emails.

Last time I had one that promised me five years' bad luck unless I forwarded it, I deleted it. A week later I sold a book and my husband had a new job.

Yes, it really annoys me. One of my relatives does it repeatedly on facebook. When I've linked to snopes he comes out with 'well, better safe than sorry'.


You really think it's better to warn people that if they see a baby seat in the road, or a crashed car, they'd be 'better safe than sorry', so they should drive on an ignore it in case it's a totally discredited hoax trap?

Ok then, you're lovely.

Pandemoniaa Wed 06-Mar-13 12:42:25


This is one of my particular bugbears. Especially when committed by people you'd expect to have more commonsense.

Yesterday, someone I know to be intelligent and sensible posted one of these pieces of questionable shyte on FB and actually wrote "I'm not sure if this is true but thought I'd better share it."! FFS! If you can take the time to write an accompanying commentary, why not spend that time checking it out with snopes or hoax slayer instead?

I do reply politely with the relevant hoax slaying link but yes, it is amazing how huffily this can be received.

BlingLoving Wed 06-Mar-13 12:47:11

I was going to start a thread about this the other day. So annoying. And a friend pointed out that what's really sad is the weirdos who take the time to mock up the fake police/hospital/etc notices! I saw the baby seat one recently twice - supposedly done by police in 2 different countries!!! FFS.

BlingLoving Wed 06-Mar-13 12:48:20

Oh, and the "better safe than sorry" brigade really wind me up. How is is better to terrify people everytibe they go out the house?

WorraLiberty Wed 06-Mar-13 12:48:28

YANBU at takes seconds to Google.

MerryMingeWhingesAgain Wed 06-Mar-13 12:49:17

I am also a kill-joy, I like posting the link to Snopes on them.

Recent favourite has to be the killer part used onions...

YANBU. This is a pet hate of mine. Misinformation is worse than no information at all. Alarmist, sensationalist, rumour-spreading, scaremongering twattishness.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Wed 06-Mar-13 12:53:16

It's rare I share stuff like this, but when I do it is normally from trusted avenues. I have a few people come on and say 'check Snopes' etc.

Then when I have, on 2 separate occasions they've been genuine - which left me a bit perplexed as to why the need for the comment.

On these kind of occasions, I find the comments slightly patronising, not de-friend-able though as I realise the person is just trying to be helpful.

Thistledew Wed 06-Mar-13 13:05:26

I also hate those messages that do highlight an important cause, and you read through it thinking "yes, this one is worth sharing", until you get to the end where it says "ONLY decent, caring people will share this! I can predict which of my friends will be intelligent enough to share! I bet YOU don't have the compassion to post it even for one hour!".

At which point my finger moves away from the 'share' button and I think, off you fuck then!

stormforce10 Wed 06-Mar-13 13:14:32

Backwards pin would be rubbish for me. Mine is a palindromic number

stormforce10 Wed 06-Mar-13 13:15:58

Actually I've just realised its not [blush

StellaNova Wed 06-Mar-13 13:25:45

A relative used to do this by email but doesn't so much now; the really annoying thing was she was a social worker and every time there was an email trail back with the names of senior social workers, public health staff etcwho had all passed it on. It drove me mad. I didn't want to undermine the relative at work by sending a reply all, but I always would reply to her pointing out it was rubbish and she used to say either "better safe etc" or "oh I send them so you can tell me it is rubbish" - well don't copy in loads of other people then!

Someone posted some inspirational quote on FB the other day, I think it was "I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person" and attributed it to Oscar Wilde. This seemed extraordinarily unlikely to me and a small about of searchign found that while many have attributed it to Oscar Wilde (!!) it is actually the actress Olivia Wilde. There were loads of comments like "How true!" and no-one,no-one had said "Oscar Wilde? Really??"

CoteDAzur Wed 06-Mar-13 13:28:57

YANBU! They clearly have Internet access. How hard is it to check if the rubbish they are spreading has an ounce of truth in it?

Memorable mention: Don't get close to barbecues or your contact lenses might melt in your eyes. FFS!

aldiwhore Wed 06-Mar-13 13:32:55

YANBU but...

Recently there was an item going around about gangs in the countryside flagging down lone female drivers in our area, so many smug gits posted links to hoax slayer etc because it sounded like a spin on many urban legends. It was 100% true though, and the smuggies, in their quest for outing myths actually made people not take much interest in a true story. It was reported in out local newspaper, my friends who are in the force confirmed the truth, and I know of 2 people in the area who have been stopped.

So, although YANBU sometimes it IS better to share something that could be true than ignore it. Though I agree some referencing confirming truth would be useful and stop the smuggies from feeling the need to enlighten people with the truth.

Pandemoniaa Wed 06-Mar-13 13:37:41

Yes but....

Some of the urban myths have actually been spread (admittedly unwittingly) by the police.

Also, it isn't being smug to point out an urban myth when that myth only exists to spread alarm and fear.

Friends of friends always confirm these stories - I knew someone who swore that he knew one of the people who had a friend who woke up in a phone box after going clubbing, with a note saying "welcome to the Aids club", which was a popular urban myth in the mid-1980s.

Some of these FB virals are really damaging, especially those which name individual people.

It doesn't take much to check, to google a key word, to look at Snopes or Hoax Slayer.

But I guess the beauty of urban myths is the "need to believe" that people have. It's interesting how they change through the years, depending on the fears of society at that time.


I am curious to know what the guff is about the killer part used onions.......

Not that i'm worried, but I like the chance to snort at a stupid myth. smile

ifherbumwereabungalow Wed 06-Mar-13 13:55:32

I am so glad I am not the only person who gets hacked off with these things, and that the poster then gets huffy with when I offer a friendly "Don' panic!" message with a link to Snopes or hoax-slayer. I saw one recently about a sick child supposedly having been told that if they got 1,000,000 likes their mum would let them have a new kidney. I spent some time trying to imagine what she would do with it if he didn't get the likes... These things really do exploit the naive and detract from genuine causes worthy of our time and attention.

Patchouli Wed 06-Mar-13 13:59:20

"better to share it anyway in case it did happen!"

There's been some quite upsetting ones too - just unnecessary.

INeverSaidThat Wed 06-Mar-13 14:05:27

I am amazed that people fall for these hoaxes. I (think) I can spot them easily and always call people on them. (Politely)
I agree it usually takes a minute to debunk them. Fortunately, the original hoaxers are often lazy and repeat the same old garbage again and again.
I use hoax slayer usually.

I think it is harmful to distribute crap incorrect information.

hate hate hate!!!!

people clearly have no brains... and i have also been unfriended because i linked to snopes

and yes to the "1000000 likes blah blah blah" crap

and people that share pictures ALL THE TIME! had to unfriend someone that shared 87 pictures in less than 10mins. and did this several times a day angry

aldiwhore Wed 06-Mar-13 14:05:35

I agree that some of them are just for the shock factor.

The 'story' I refer to IS true, it happened not to a friend of a friend, but my friend's mum, and when she was sitting in my friend's kitchen shaking because she'd been pulled over and treated agressively by this gang she was not lying. Many locals shared the story, and quoted the paper article itself, named the make and model and colour of the car in question yet still the 'mythbusters' patronisingly said it was an urban myth. And yes, there were similarities to well known myths (the most common being the baby carrier in the road) it's just that it is not always a myth.

It was quite frustrating.

Saying THAT, the mythbusters wouldn't be so reactionary if people didn't circulate myths I suppose.

Drives me mad. I got so fed up of seeing the "use coughing as CPR" that I posted a mildly ranty Facebook post about it asking people not to repeat it as it was dangerous and I got a fucking nurse replying that it was actually good advice.

I asked her to show me some evidence while linking to the British Heart Foundation saying that there was no evidence that it did help....

TheVermiciousKnid Wed 06-Mar-13 14:07:33

This is the one about the killer onions, FryOne. Be afraid, be very afraid. grin

myfirstkitchen Wed 06-Mar-13 14:13:53

Hate all of those.

Even worse is the ones saying like this pic to stop child/animal abuse and then a pic of a dog all kicked in and bleeding or a starving child.

Some even say crap like 1 like = 1 pay ignore means he will die then a pic of a really ill child?!

I wish 20 years ago we'd had the internet and sites like hoax slayer. I spent a few good years being terrified about 'kidney thieves' when out clubbing - there was no way to check myths out then and 17 year olds pretty much believe all that sort of stuff!

TempusFuckit Wed 06-Mar-13 14:22:39


The Facebook likes thing is a spammer technique - get loads of people to like/share your page and/or posts, Facebook rewards page for being popular and it can then be used to flog crap. This article explains it better.

gremlindolphin Wed 06-Mar-13 14:24:18

I love your name Tempus!

fuzzpig Wed 06-Mar-13 14:26:03

I must have really sensible friends, as I hardly ever see any of these. YANBU though.

I feel left out, more links to daft ones please

Filibear Wed 06-Mar-13 14:26:10

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FancyPuffin Wed 06-Mar-13 14:28:21

The onions one is hilarious. It always makes grin when I see Ito. Facebook

YADNBU. I think I piss off quite a lot of friends because as soon as one of these is posted I google it. I haven't found a genuine one yet. hmm

The inflammatory anti-Muslim ones thinly disguised as justifiable outrage really piss me off, I've defriended a couple of repeat offenders for that.

HoobleDooble Wed 06-Mar-13 14:46:10

Someone I once worked with threw a major hissy fit when, after telling me the story of someone working in an undertakers catching some disease only caught by having sex with corpses, I said it was bollocks. She actually screamed "No it isn't, it was a friend of my sister!", but couldn't give me their name when pushed, and stormed off to the ladies in tears when I passed her the phone to call her sister and ask. I guess gulliblity and hormone peaks go hand in hand there.

My personal hate is when someone posts something xenophobic and it says "I had the guts to repost this, I bet you won't!", at the end. I usually comment " I have the guts, just not the narrow-mind or stupidity" ... Yes, I do get I unfriended quite often!

carlajean Wed 06-Mar-13 14:47:56

I thought I was the only one who felt like this. thank you mums net. I've also defriended someone who posted a photo of some poor baby in intensive care with something like 'press like for a prayer and share for (I've forgotten what, I think it was a miracle)

INeverSaidThat Wed 06-Mar-13 14:52:40

........ This is reminding me why I deleted my Facebook account.

I did used to get similar crap by email but I think my pals have now got the message.

DeepPurple Wed 06-Mar-13 14:54:00

Chunkypickle - the one about people with ponytails being more likely to be attacked is actually true. I was recently on tv where research had been done with attackers who stated who they would and wouldn't attack. If you have an umbrella or some such implement then you are less likely to be attacked and also if you shout they are less likely. There was actually a really good summary that was circulated.

All the others are bloody nonsense and drive me mad. I'm sick of linking them to snopes. Some of the most intelligent people are those that repost the drivel. The latest one being the one about a gypsy trying to steal a child at the end of the slide. My local police team have posted it with huge writing at the top saying that it is rubbish and asking people to remove it if they see it and to tell people it is rubbish. I reported their post with the massive writing saying it's a hoax and the first comment on it was "oh god how can people do this" read it you idiot grin

Greydog Wed 06-Mar-13 14:54:03

I've pissed people off as well, ranting about this stuff. Why do people believe it? Oh, it's on the internet, so it must be true. AARRGGHH! And I nearly always link it to one of the hoax sites. FB has it's own.

DeepPurple Wed 06-Mar-13 14:54:17

It no I!

The anti-muslim ones are really rubbish aren't they? Quite often people repost without thinking, I had to point out to a friend that "In God We Trust" is not the motto of Great Britain.

DeepPurple Wed 06-Mar-13 15:00:15

TempusFuckit - I just posted your link on my FB for all the dense idiots to read grin

gremlindolphin Wed 06-Mar-13 15:13:07

Perhaps we should all be each others friends on facebook then we can all post hoax-slayers links on other peoples pages and not share anything rubbish!!

I love MN!

Bear in mind that while cut onions are apparently deadly, they also allegedly prevent you catching the flu. Sigh.

BlingLoving Wed 06-Mar-13 16:07:15

What anti-Muslim ones? I think. Have missed those, thank god!

DoJo Wed 06-Mar-13 17:10:20

My mum sends all the e-mail ones to me now to avoid embarrassment after I took her to task over a forwarded e-mail which suggested Sheryl Crowe had got breast cancer from a bottle of warm water. She's an intelligent woman who believes (or rather used to believe) these things on the basis that she doesn't understand why someone would even start something like this if there weren't any truth to it. I'm inclined to agree with her on that front, but have finally convinced her that they do so she's now much more vigilant!

NeverWinsMNComps Wed 06-Mar-13 17:11:12

grin NeverWins

cuillereasoupe Wed 06-Mar-13 17:23:02

I had a friend who joined in a "prayer wave" to "wash over" Japan after the tsunami and couldn't understand why I thought that was in dubious taste hmm.

Jengnr Wed 06-Mar-13 17:29:51

The racist ones are ace. Usually accompanied by poor spelling.

I've been unfriended before now for pointing out the mistakes and saying if they're so proud to be English they ought to start by learning the language.

StuntGirl Wed 06-Mar-13 17:30:52

I hate them so much! Luckily I hardly ever receive any, though if I do I post a link to Snopes.

FeckOffCup Wed 06-Mar-13 17:39:00

I am totally sick of seeing the one about "if you see a red sticker on your gate then your dog will be stolen to use as bait in fighting" it is total bullshit yet people keep sharing it.

LulaPalooza Wed 06-Mar-13 17:45:18

YANBU in the slightest. I really, really, really hate the interweb sometimes. it turns seemingly intelligent people into completely gullible eejits.

A DOCTOR friend of mine re-posted the one about a guy whose contact lens welded itself to his eyeball after he looked at a BBQ fire for too long.

A freaking DOCTOR!

And when I pointed out that it's an urban myth, he said "Haha! you're probably right" but has left the post up on his wall.

And don't even get me started on the Facebook like scam... thanks for posting that link, Tempus I had forgotten about that article.

LulaPalooza Wed 06-Mar-13 18:19:04

Ha! Just seen this on a friend's FB wall:




The 'enter your pin in reverse' and get the police ones always make me smirk a bit

because if it is true, which it aint, then every time I take money out of the cashpoint I would come face to face with several members of the local police.

Because I have a reversible pin number e.g. 1221. That ISNT my real pin though.

I don't get these too often, but I do from time to time. I've hoax-slayed people on occasion as well.

Uppermid Wed 06-Mar-13 18:55:53

I love snopes!

muffinmonster Wed 06-Mar-13 20:02:09

We had one from the police, forward by our local neighbourhood watch, about car thieves. I smelled a rat, checked out Snopes, and informed the NW co-ordinator. The police officer concerned got very huffy and said 'Well, if you don't WANT us to send you information.....' hmm

BelleEtLaBaby Wed 06-Mar-13 20:19:17

There's an awful one popped up on my newsfeed three times tonight. A horrible photo of an injured boy on a gurney in A&E saying he'd been shot six times by his stepfather as he was protecting his little sister from being raped by the stepfather. It states that Facebook will donate a certain amount of money to the boys life saving operation for everyone who posts 'get well soon'. The picture is horrific, but the boy in it doesn't have any gunshot wounds hmm

It has over 30,000 people commenting Get Well Soon.

How do people believe this stuff?! One of the posters was my DM. I rang her and told her off. My DS was sitting next to me when I scrolled past on my phone and could have seen it. I told her it was rubbish. She said 'but what if it's not?' hmm

There was a worse one a few weeks ago with a video - I didn't watch it - but there was a very graphic still of a young boy, clearly very distressed, being restrained by a group of adults and, according to the blurb, forcibly tattooed at the request of the mother. It was horrible. The idea was fb was supposed to identify this mother so she could be out in jail. I was [shocked] that people think this will help?! It appeared six times in one night.

Just this evening I've seen the one about the dogs and stickers, the one supposedly by Bill Cosby, and the one about ponytails and rapists twice.

When I can get to a computer (on iPhone ATM) I'm closing my account.

CoteDAzur Wed 06-Mar-13 21:31:21

Belle shock Andi thought my feed was bad.

I'm really glad that I'm not friends with your friends.

gremlindolphin Wed 06-Mar-13 22:49:38

Just got another one - like this page and share it to get free Apple products!!

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 07-Mar-13 05:27:33

Chunkypickle - the one about people with ponytails being more likely to be attacked is actually true. I was recently on tv where research had been done with attackers who stated who they would and wouldn't attack. If you have an umbrella or some such implement then you are less likely to be attacked and also if you shout they are less likely. There was actually a really good summary that was circulated

DeepPurple - you were on TV? On a show about this?

Because I googled "rape myth ponytail" and got a lot of links. Including this one

leonardofquirm Thu 07-Mar-13 05:45:14

I get a few by email and Facebook and also let people know its a hoax.

I normally reply to email sender first, but seeing to whole group if necessary.

People really seem to believe anything? ? ?

LaalRatty Thu 07-Mar-13 09:07:52

"if you see a red sticker on your gate then your dog will be stolen to use as bait in fighting" I saw this on fb. I said if I see a sticker I'll move it to my neighbours gatepost and pray. My neighbour posted it. She has a horrible Dalmation.

Wallison Thu 07-Mar-13 09:28:37

I post links to hoax-slayer and snopes too. Politely, but I do it. I figure if someone wants to put something up for public comment, then it is fair enough to comment on it. The ones I really hate are the pictures of sick and injured children - of course it's nonsense about Facebook donating money but more importantly it's also a gross invasion of a person's privacy for such a photo to be circulated on the internet so that a load of rubber-neckers can click themselves into a frenzy over them.

DoJo Thu 07-Mar-13 09:35:18

The most sensible sonding advice I ever heard about preventing rape was to try and wet yourself - not sure how 'tried and tested' it is, but it certainly sounds like it would put someone off.

wannaBe Thu 07-Mar-13 09:43:52

let's not forget the child disappearing in a supermarket only to be found in the toilets with its head being shaved and dressed in boy's clothes.... it happened to a friend's sister's second cousin's nanny's sister so it must be true....? hmm

tbh I don't feel the need to be polite about these things - if people are idiot enough to post and believe them then I think they need to be told as such.

Fortunately I don't get a lot of them - although I used to get a lot more of the "forward this to your 500 closest friends to receive seven years of good luck, failure to do so will result in you receiving seven years of bad luck," ones. And I used to get ones about God and how wonderful God is and how all these people who denounced god such as John Lennon ended up dead so if you don't want to end up dead you must take god into your heart and ... you get the idea.

I don't even bother to look up whether they're true or not I think 99 out of 100 times they're not so I just assume they're all bollocks.

wannaBe Thu 07-Mar-13 09:49:45

DoJo I was having a conversation with a friend about this recently - he used to do marshall arts and he said that once after his session there was due to be a talk on self defense for women and for whatever reason he was there. Anyway he expected that as it was run at a marshall arts club this person doing the talk would give all this advice about moves etc, and the first thing they said was, "if you think you're being followed, pick your nose, but do it obviously." Apparentlyunsavery habits like that are a deterrent - not sure why.

Wallison Thu 07-Mar-13 09:53:15

Surely the best way to prevent women from being raped is for men to stop raping them?

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 07-Mar-13 09:59:15

The passport one is doing my head in at the moment. It's pseudo-racist (references to a dr born in Pakistan) and its JUST NOT TRUE. I applied for passport renewals on Monday in the UK you don't need those documents so it can't be a genuine letter.

And whilst I'm at it if I want to burn the Union Jack flag for whatever reason (I don't but IF I wanted to) I jolly well can.

Trills Thu 07-Mar-13 09:59:20

I like the idea of "I do have the guts but not the narrow-mindedness or gullibility"

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 07-Mar-13 10:01:21

The self defence talk at dd's martial arts club was basically don't try and defend yourself, RUN but if you have no choice go gorcthings like pony tails, nether regions etc.

TotallyBursar Thu 07-Mar-13 10:10:45

One that made me really cross was a picture of a little girl that had been in the paper after she had been attacked by a dog in the park. Her poor face was bartered and bruised. The picture was used among a collage of others with an emotive passage about stopping child abuse - not linking to a charity or anything proactive, just 'do you hate abuse?' Type crap.
As I recognised her I googled the others too - all harvested from the net and not one an abuse victim and yet there they were, their parents and families accused of terrible things.
I got quite irate and people did agree and told the page owner to get rid but not one commenter previously bothered to check, only spewing out 'castrate peedos' or 'prison's to good for them' - not what I'd want to read under a picture of my child.
Luckily I don't know many fuckwits and a quick deletion got rid of that one for me too.

lynniep Thu 07-Mar-13 10:11:26

<very few> people I have as friends on fb do this anymore. I just ignore them. The ones that do my head in are the ones passed on by my DM (she doesnt any more as she is educated now!)
They are usually passed on to her by my Uncle Barry, who is not in fact my Uncle, but a life long friend of my DF. He used to bombard my dad with this sh*t before he died, but then moved on to DM. Most of it is the 'delete this file it will corrupt your pc and fry your hard drive' etc etc. The amount of times I've replied to him asking him NOT to pass this crap on to people (most of them on his email list are of an older generation and perhaps a bit more panicky about this stuff) and he has completely ignored me and done it anyway. He is supposed to be an intelligent bloke (he was a GP) but he is also a pompous git and therefore knows better than me and basically passes on 'advice' to all his friends and relatives to remove important files from their machines just because he got a random spam email telling him to do so. Gah!

Trills Thu 07-Mar-13 10:12:33

If you see things that are clearly "like spam", you can report them.

WishIdbeenatigermum Thu 07-Mar-13 10:34:24

YANBU! It's a good idiot screen though!

DeepPurple Sat 09-Mar-13 01:35:26

Tortoise - I wasn't on TV as I clarified when I retread my post blush it was a documentary about what puts off attackers. Having a ponytail does not make you a target nor does any other hairstyle! Having a ponytail makes it easier to control a persons head. Being distracted on a phone, being alone in a remote place, not having any visible weapon etc makes a person more vulnerable. Being shouty, looking a potential attacker in the eye, having an umbrella or other such makeshift weapon etc makes a potential attacker think twice.

The rumour about a ponytail making you more likely to be attacked is untrue but putting yourself in a vulnerable position does. Common sense is really the answer. If your car is hidden from view, you are alone, in a remote place etc gives more factors for an easy attack. If you feel vulnerable then don't go somewhere there is an elevated risk of attack. Take a trusted person with you, make suitable arrangements for getting home after a night out, carry a brolly if you are going to be alone and if you see someone when you are alone and you are worried then make a lot of noise and swing that brolly around. Potential attackers look for an easy target. Make it hard and they will decide it's too hard and move on.

As I said, common sense.

DeepPurple Sat 09-Mar-13 01:42:09

Oh and the link you put is also an untruth. Although some of the advice is actually quite good. Sadly, most rapes are actually committed by people known to the victim, as are most murders. The fact is that burglars are less likely to burgle homes that have alarms, CCTV and good locks. The same can be said for random attacks, although, again, most are not stranger attacks!

You are far more likely to have your phone stolen from your hand than your zipped bag, your house burgled if you leave the doors unlocked etc. Crime prevention is something everyone should be conscious about.

theodorakisses Sat 09-Mar-13 10:16:23

Just got this posted on my fb: what a pile of absolute shite, with great pleasure I am going to eat a couple of scratchcards and drink some cold water.

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5. Best sleeping time is from 10pm to 4 am.
6. Don’t lie down immediately after taking medicine or after meals.
7. When phone's battery is low to last bar, don't answer the phone, bcos the radiation is 1000 times stronger.
Can you Share this to people you care about?
I just did,
Kindness costs nothing
But Knowledge is power.

Trills Sat 09-Mar-13 10:23:47

My phone battery doesn't have visible bars - what do I do? shock

Lilithmoon Sat 09-Mar-13 11:12:56

Quite Wallison.

ShowOfHands Sat 09-Mar-13 11:27:45

I like the "a bloke knocked on my door the other day and asked me to flash him my tits. It was a hoax. I didn't get anything out of it. HE JUST WANTED TO SEE MY TITS. Please share this so that none of your friends suffer a similar fate" one.

I have v few friends who do this but oddly had one yesterday shared by an educated friend who is v lovely apart from a hysterical tendency to see danger aimed at her dc everywhere. Apparently, "don't let your children use this [completely safe and educational] app as IT'S RUN BY PEEEEEEEDOS WHO ARE PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR CHILDREN".

Flisspaps Sat 09-Mar-13 13:38:28

Show the app hysteria probably stems from Sparklebox - a website of Early Years resources that was run by a known paedophile which had a section to send in pics of kids using the site's resources.

How people think an app will secretly photograph their kids and harvest their details through chatting to them I don't know - anyone who's been near the bloody Talking Tom/Angela/Pierre apps knows they just repeat what you say, they don't ask questions!

JCDenton Sat 09-Mar-13 14:07:27

My favourite ones are those which say that illegal immigrants are shot on sight in every country except the UK, where they get £30,000 a year, and a tax free business for seven years!

One way to boost the economy I suppose.

The best thing is that an American friend shared the same thing with the same perks listed, but with the UK listed as one of the countries that gives illegal immigrants nothing!

Oh god I'm so glad it's not just me.

I use Snopes all the time too having been caught out a few times by genuine looking warnings.

Ihave a chum who is lovely but a bit of a Dm reader and quite naive. Latest one was about " gypsies jumping out of hedgerows when you slow down your car on bendy country roads"


IneedAsockamnesty Sat 09-Mar-13 14:31:23

The one claiming if you dial the European emergency services number from a mobile in the uk without any signal you get priority over 999 calls.

Pisses me off given so many fools actually believe it.

ShowOfHands Sat 09-Mar-13 14:51:04

Aah the app in question was one of those Talking ones you mention. I linked to snopes. Thankfully, she's a good friend and took it in good humour.

I do like how so many of these police and council endorsed warnings are terribly written. DON'T CLICK ON THE YES LINK THERE OUT TO STEEL YOUR KID'S PICTURES. DIRTY PEEEEEEEEDOS.

HappyHippyChick Sat 09-Mar-13 14:53:51

Pictures that passport one made me ranty! It's just so full of bollocks.

I've had a few recently with pictures of people looking a bit out of the ordinary (lots of tattoos/piercings or overweight in too tight/short clothes) with 'describe in one word' and lots of foul, hurtful comments posted. Some people forget that these are real people who will be hurt by this.

SkiBunnnnny Sat 09-Mar-13 15:58:10

I know, Show. My first clue in the onion link was the "quaint essential picnic"

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 09-Mar-13 21:59:59

As far as I am aware there is done semblance of truth behind the European emergency services one

During my first aid training the paramedic taking the course advised calling theceuropean number rather than 999 due to the way calls are routed and traced. 999 could be routed to a csll centre miles away if you are calling on a mobile vrhecwurooean number is able to track where you are calling g from so sometimes they can get to you sooner.

musicposy Sat 09-Mar-13 23:38:15

I quite upset DBro because I wrote quite a stern message to SIL to stop posting such crap. She reposts all those horrific rape and violence stories most of which, if you check, have no foundation in truth. She can't see that sharing serves no purpose except to give my 13yo nightmares. I said I would make DD defriend her if she kept posting such crap. All those 100000 likes and this ill child will get an op rubbish too. Do some people have no brain?

I link regularly to Facecrooks and constantly implore people to receive their posts so they can see for themselves just how much of this stuff is utter rubbish. But still the same few keep on sharing. YANBU

KenAdams Sun 10-Mar-13 00:38:25

What's the passport one?

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 10-Mar-13 01:19:27

Pictures the police number one is utter bollocks it uses exactly the same lines ect as 999 does there is apsolutly no difference so he was talking rubbish.

stifnstav Sun 10-Mar-13 01:27:06

There's one floating about on mIne with a warning about a van with a certain number plate that belongs to a child snatcher. Resisting the urge to ask why the police don't just go and arrest the registered owner if they have the REG?

Because of Political Correctness Gone Mad, presumably, stifnstav.

NeverWinsMNComps Sun 10-Mar-13 07:36:58

WIBU to have my tombstone engraved with "Only managed 39,998 likes" ?

ifherbumwereabungalow Sun 10-Mar-13 07:45:06

neverwins - thank you, your post just made me properly laugh this morning. Genius idea, which I may need to borrow...

EMUZ Sun 10-Mar-13 07:46:48

The 999/112 one is rubbish. If you ring on a mobile you can only be traced to the nearest mast unless its a contract phone where phone company can be contacted for home address
The operator will connect to the most local area, you can also ask for a particular area if say you are in Devon and you need an ambulance for Scotland

EMUZ Sun 10-Mar-13 07:49:25

And if you are routed to a centre miles away it doesn't matter. We all have maps, the call gets passed to the local service, doesn't cause any delay. People keep sharing this on my Facebook an despite me being "it's my JOB, it's not true" they still insist it's right confused

Mimishimi Sun 10-Mar-13 08:00:14

My dad used to forward me all the anti-Muslim ones which were being circulated by members of his church until ...

I started hitting the 'reply all' button and refuting each mail point by point. Then adding links to Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Loose Change etc.

Nearly all of the people who have come up with these mails are profiting in some way from the GWOT (eg military contractors etc). I grew up with these sort of people and they always need an enemy to blame for their problems, it's sad.

hoobledooble I love your approach. I want you to be my FB friend smile

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 10-Mar-13 08:16:17

The passport one is a "letter sent to the passport office" which is a rant about the documents and questions needed to renew a passport ending with and mi ID Has to be verified by my doctor who was born and raised in Pakistan

Except nine if those documents have to be produced for renewals. And only trusted members if the community WITH A BRITISH PASSORT can countersign.

Highlander Sun 10-Mar-13 08:25:51

My BIL repeatedly posts stuff like the current passport post.

What do I do? I comment that it's ravist claptrap. Would this sort of stuff be debunked on hoaxslayer?

MrsDeVere Sun 10-Mar-13 08:27:50

Have you seen the long 'medical' one about how drinking cold water causes the fat in your stomach to harden an will give you a heart attack.

Its forwarded by the same people who forward the 'water is the best medicine' ones.

I too have caused great distress by linking to snopes etc. That gang/baby car seat one which has horrible racist undertones. I debunked it only to have someone say 'well its good to know anyway'


Trills Sun 10-Mar-13 12:48:03

It's good to know WHAT?

It's good to know that some people are telling this lie?

MrsDeVere Sun 10-Mar-13 12:57:39

Its good to know just in case it ever becomes actually true rather than a bit fat lie designed to alarm women and make them suspicious of young black males.

I suppose hmm

idshagphilspencer Sun 10-Mar-13 13:05:30

it's good to know which facebook friends you need to delete perhaps

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