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PeggyCarter Sat 02-Feb-13 18:19:45

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BaresarkBunny Tue 05-Feb-13 15:49:40

grin garlic brilliant. Think I will be using that reply.

PeggyCarter Mon 04-Feb-13 20:20:26

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filibear Mon 04-Feb-13 19:57:36

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PeggyCarter Mon 04-Feb-13 18:53:34

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garlicblocks Mon 04-Feb-13 18:50:29

it's better to be safe than sorry

It is! By checking Snopes to see whether it's safe to follow the advice or you'll be sorry you made yourself look like a hysterical prat.

BaresarkBunny Mon 04-Feb-13 14:32:38

When I have linked to snopes there have been so many people comment how it's better to be safe than sorry.hmm

CalpolInMyEar Mon 04-Feb-13 14:17:57

My bank card PIN is a palindrome, which I really enjoy pointing out when the "Put your PIN in backwards" ones do the rounds.

I do occasionally hang around at the cash point in case a hot policeman turns up to rescue me but it never happens sad

My uncle, who was fairly high up in the police at one point, used to forward these things so all our family were convinced they must be true because why would he pass them in if they weren't? I used to respond with Snopes links so now they don't bother to send me them.

As for the ones on facebook, almost everything now inspires the reaction "That's another hoax then?" so if one day one of these things turns out to be true I'll be screwed!

ChristianGreyIsAJackass Mon 04-Feb-13 13:50:35

OohThankyou, good idea, I dont have a pin on my phone though, I should do I suppose

musicmadness Mon 04-Feb-13 13:49:12

"in case of emergency" contact. You can get to them without the pin on some phones. If you click emergency call on my lock screen you can dial 999 etc and there is a link on that screen to my ICE contact. No pin required smile

ChristianGreyIsAJackass Mon 04-Feb-13 13:30:42

What's ICE?

PeggyCarter Sun 03-Feb-13 21:14:06

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DameFanny Sun 03-Feb-13 20:59:47

If you're resetting your lock screen, make it a cute baby pic with the ICE info over the top - baby pic makes it more likely your phone will be returned if lost, according to Richard Wiseman smile

MrsMeeple Sun 03-Feb-13 20:54:59

Hmm. ICE on the lock screen is a really good idea... Have it in address book but realised when I did it, it would be useless. One more great thing to have learnt from Mumsnet!

PimpMyHippo Sun 03-Feb-13 20:43:14

Someone on my friends list who is much older than me copy/pasted a load of bullshit statistics about how immigrants get more money in benefits than pensioners who fought in the war or some such rubbish... when I commented that it wasn't true, her reply was something to do with how young and naive I am for not understanding how these things really work. hmm There was even a passive-agressive smiley! angry Patronising cow.

ConfusedPixie Sun 03-Feb-13 20:42:39

Yeah, my friend was quite defensive, I don't think she realised at all that she'd been had! What got me though was that her Dad was very high up in the Met Police not long ago, you'd think she would have known better!

Catsu Sun 03-Feb-13 20:30:53

Put your emergence contact no on your screen saver, not your pin no! :-D

garlicblocks Sun 03-Feb-13 20:29:54

So people know who to ring! They don't need to use your phone to make that call, they've got their own ...

PeggyCarter Sun 03-Feb-13 20:18:23

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oldraver Sun 03-Feb-13 20:15:42

I saw the 112 one on someones FB who I thought was a fairly intelligent woman oh dont you know her DH is a Wing Commander. With a 'Please take note girls' type of message. I mean it sounds iffy so why on earth wouldn't you Google it

DameFanny Sun 03-Feb-13 18:22:05

ICE is a real one - Norfolk fire service first suggested it. If you have a pin on your phone, put the number on the lock screen please - a colleague didn't and it took 2 days before his family and friends could be told he was dead.

VodkaJelly Sun 03-Feb-13 10:38:15

My facebook seems to be getting clogged up with putting ICE on your mobile phone incase you are in an accident, I thought most phones had a lock on now so how would the emergency services get into your phone book if they dont have your pin?

And the bloody horse one, some tool sent that round a work to a few hundred people, cue lots of responses "Oh no hun thats terrible" and "I hope the horses get rehomed" till one brave person replied "For the Love of God, its a HOAX"

PeggyCarter Sun 03-Feb-13 09:42:34

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Bunbaker Sun 03-Feb-13 09:18:52

I never pass on chain emails and fortunately don't get many. OH believes that some chain emails are simply a method of harvesting email addresses from your address book.

I had never heard of Snopes or Hoax Slayer but I will use them next time I get an unwanted email.

Kveta Sun 03-Feb-13 09:05:46

I have a few friends who keep posting this sort of shite. strangely it's always either friends who have settled here from overseas (and married brits/got jobs over here), or who claim benefits (neither of which bother me in the slightest) posting about benefit claiming 'scum' or 'forriners coming over here stealing our jobs'. morons.

storminabuttercup Sun 03-Feb-13 08:55:31

Cheery- it doesn't even look real does it? I felt like saying 'really though? Do you honestly think that is real? you idiot'

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