Urban legends

Today's mail isn't about anything funny, but about some urban legends you
might encounter through E-mail.  I'm sure almost everyone would know about
the Good Times Virus by now, but I get warnings about it and the following
quite often, asking me to warn the other people on the list.  Well, hope
this info comes in useful.  There'll be a humour article this evening, or
else it's back to the usual routine by Monday!  - Roshan

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 The FCC Modem Tax
 
 Every so often someone posts a dire warning that the FCC is
 considering a tax on modems and online services. The warning
 encourages you to tell your friends so they can take political
 action. It's a hoax. It's been going on for the five years I've been
 online, and probably much longer. If you'll notice, the warnings
 don't include a date or a bill number.
 
 
 Make Money Fast
 
 If you haven't seen a Make Money Fast message, call your local
 anthropology department. They might be interested in studying you.
 Devised by David Rhodes in 1987 or 1988, Make Money Fast (sometimes
 distributed on BBSes as a file called fastcash.txt) is an electronic
 version of a chain letter pyramid scheme. You're supposed to send
 money to the ten people on the list, then add your name to the list
 and repost the chain letter, committing federal wire fraud in the
 process. Posting a Make Money Fast message is one sure way to lose
 your Internet account. (Information from the Make Money Fast FAQ by
 ewl@panix.com.)
 
 
 Craig Shergold needs your get well cards
 
 Craig Shergold is a UK resident who was dying of cancer. He wanted to
 get in the Guinness Book of World Records for having received the
 most get well cards. When people heard of the poor boy's wish, they
 began sending him postcards. And they kept sending him postcards, and
 never stopped. Shergold is now in full remission. He was listed in
 the Guinness Book of World Records in 1991. He really does not want
 your postcards any more, and neither does his hometown post office. 
 
 These are just the urban legends that you're likely to encounter on
 the Internet. There are many more in real life that you probably
 believe. I won't give them away, but here are some clues: peanut
 butter, Neiman Marcus/Mrs. Fields, Rod Stewart, and the Newlywed
 Game. 

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This message was sent on 26 Apr 1996